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The McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series

Sonnet and Ian McKinnon The McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series was created in 2010 by Anderson alum, Sonnet McKinnon, and her husband, D. Ian McKinnon, as an expression of their commitment to UNM and the Anderson School.

This endowed CEO Lecture Series will provide a glimpse into the minds of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. These distinguished lecturers will articulate lessons learned and provide insight into our complex business world. Alumni, friends and the business community will benefit from discussions ranging from business ethics to practical applications of academic theory. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Previous CEO Guest Speakers

Edward Lewis

Co-founder of Essence Communications and UNM Alumnus

UNM President Dr. Frank, Report from Santa Fe's Ms. Lorene Mills, Mr. Lewis and Anderson Interim Dean White

Left to right: UNM President Dr. Frank, Report from Santa Fe's Ms. Lorene Mills, Mr. Lewis and Anderson Interim Dean White

During his 35 years as chairman, CEO and publisher, Lewis nurtured Essence into a media powerhouse, addressing the needs of black women.

Garry O. Ridge

President and CEO, WD-40 Company

It's All About the People
The Principles and Practices that Build a Highly Engaged Tribe.

Ian McKinnon, Sonnet McKinnon, Gary Ridge, Interim Dean Craig White, Dean Eneritus Doug Brown

Left to right: Ian McKinnon, Sonnet McKinnon, Gary Ridge, Interim Dean Craig White, Dean Emeritus Doug Brown

For more information about Garry Ridge and his presentation, click here.

J. Michael Shepherd

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation

Rebuilding a Strong and Trustworthy Financial System

To watch Mr. Shepherd's presentation online, click here.

Carlos Perea

Former CEO and now Chairman of MIOX Corporation

Lessons Learned from a Serial Entrepreneur on Clean Technologies

To watch Mr. Perea's presentation online, click here.