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McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series with Jody Giles on OCT 17

September 15, 2016

(Albuquerque, NM) 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."

On Monday, October 17, 2016 Jody Giles will present Why Artists Are Essential for Business Success as part of the McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series. Jody will share what he has learned about leadership and entrepreneurship while working with some of the most notable and fastest growing brands in the world. Most recently he worked at Under Armour as the company’s first CIO.  In his role he was instrumental in growing the company from private to public and from $200M to $3B in 10 years.  Jody also worked at Paramount Pictures, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Vans, and began his IT career at Southern California Gas Company.

Jody has a diverse and successful background in culture and technology leadership and believes in leading with compassion and inspiration. He says that philosophy helps him be a good mentor, coach, and teacher, both one-on-one and in public forums. 

Jody proudly graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Business Computer Systems and earned his MBA, with distinction, from Pepperdine University.  He is a popular keynote speaker at industry conferences and a guest lecturer at universities.

The Anderson School of Management is proud to welcome Jody back to UNM through the McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series.  The presentation is open and free to the public but reservations are required.  RSVPs can be made online at or by contacting Felicia Rodriquez at 505.277.1504 or by email at

The reception at WisePies Arena aka "The Pit" begins at 5:00 p.m. at the US Bank Suite/Club Level followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m. WisePies Arena is located at 1111 University Blvd SE in Albuquerque.

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.  The endowed lecture series is held annually to provide a glimpse into the minds of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The Sonnet and Ian McKinnon are also the lead donors for the new Anderson building, which once completed in May 2018, will be known as the McKinnon Center for Management.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.