Previous CEO Guest Speakers

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.

Brad Preber

CEO, Grant Thorton, LLP
A Conversation with Brad Preber
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Hotel Andaluz

preber.pngBradley J. Preber, '82, is the CEO of Grant Thornton LLP (GTUSA), the fifth-largest audit, tax and advisory firm in the U.S. and the largest global member firm of Grant Thornton International, Ltd. He has led GTUSA through a challenging transformation to increase revenues and profits and reduce costs, all while ensuring that the firm meets the needs of its people.

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Douglas L. Peterson

President & CEO, S&P Global
The State of the Global Economy, Risks to Growth and a Path to a Greater Good.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Hotel Albuquerque

Douglas L. PetersonMr. Peterson was born in Albuquerque and raised in Santa Fe before returning to Albuquerque to graduate from Del Norte High School. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and history from Claremont McKenna College.

Douglas L. Peterson was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global, effective November 2013, and he joined the Company in September 2011 as President of Standard & Poor’s Rating Services. S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts.

Previously, Mr. Peterson was the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank, N.A., Citigroup’s principal banking entity that operates in more than 100 countries. He was with Citigroup for 26 years, during which time he led diversified businesses in investment and corporate banking, brokerage, asset management, private equity and retail banking. His prior roles include CEO of Citigroup Japan, Chief Auditor of Citigroup and Country Manager for Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Jody Giles

Jody Giles

Founder and CEO of Exhort Advisors

Why Artists are Essential for Business

October 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
1111 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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!

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

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J. Michael Shepherd

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

Rebuilding a Strong and Trustworthy Financial System

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Carlos Perea

Former CEO and now Chairman of MIOX Corporation

Lessons Learned from a Serial Entrepreneur on Clean Technologies

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Lameck "Humble" Lukanga

Co-Founder Life Line Financial Group

Finding Success Without Losing Yourself

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