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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.

Upcoming CEO Lectures

Jody Giles

Jody Giles

Founder and CEO of Exhort Advisors

Why Artists are Essential for Business


October 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
WisePies Arena, aka "The Pit"
US Bank Suite/Club Level
1111 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

This is a free event, however seating is limited and reservations are required. Click the link below to reserve your seat!
Reserve Your Seat for the McKinnon CEO Lecture Series!

Download the event flyer!

About Mr. Giles: Joseph (Jody) D. Giles is the founder and CEO of Exhort Advisors, a consulting company that provides services in leadership, technology, IT strategy, and career coaching. Jody calls it "a different kind of consulting company."

Jody, a proud alumnus from the UNM Anderson School of Management, will share principles he has learned in leadership and entrepreneurship while working with some of the most notable and fastest growing brands in the world, including a thought-provoking analysis of how the principles of art are essential to business success. These principles have been found applicable to all, from CEO's to those just starting their careers!

Previous CEO Guest Speakers

Jack Stack

President and CEO, SRC Holdings Corp.

Jack Stack

Jack’s roots started with Supply Chain Management.  INC. magazine proclaimed SRC "one of America’s most competitive small companies" and has called him "the smartest strategist in America". He is the author The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome.

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.