January 5, 2007

Spring dates set for Krannert Executive Forum; public welcome

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Business professionals from some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the United States will focus on topics ranging from career advice to ethics to starting a business in Purdue University's Krannert Executive Forum this semester.

While on campus, executives will dine with students, meet with faculty of the Krannert Graduate School of Management and tour teaching and research facilities.

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday in Rawls Hall, Room 1086. The lectures are part of an undergraduate class but are free and open to the public as seating permits.

Dates, speakers and topics are:

• Jan. 19 – Tushar Trivedi, business analyst, Google: "The world is your oyster."

• Jan. 26 – Rich Freeland, president, Worldwide Distribution Business, Cummins Inc.: "So you want to be a leader? Some practical advice on getting started."

• Feb. 2 – Bo Peabody, cofounder and managing general partner, Village Ventures, a venture capital firm: "What exactly is an entrepreneur?"

• Feb. 9 – Scott Tillman, managing consultant, IBM: "Leadership: Consulting vs. industry expectations, how to do both and succeed."

• Feb. 16 – John Balaguer, vice president and general manager, Raytheon Technical Services Co.: "Business ethics in the defense industry."

• Feb. 23 – Janet Kennedy, midwest general manager, Microsoft: "Innovation."

• March 2 – Glenn Campbell, chief operating officer, Hat World Inc.: "Blowing the lid off mall retail: Entrepreneurial Hat World's roots began at Tippecanoe Mall."

• March 9 – Abel Ang, vice president of international business development, Hill-Rom International: "How a B-school graduate gets into the life sciences industry."

• March 23 – Rodney Glass, director of quality, Motorola: "Are you global ready? Fine tuning your complete skills in our global workplace."

• March 30 – Michele Fanner, wealth management adviser, United Bank of Switzerland: "Creating opportunities."

• April 6 – Colleen Repplier, president of Creative Touch Interiors, Home Depot: "Top 10 learnings on how to manage your own career."

• April 13 – Thomas Riordan, president and Chief Operating Officer, Terex Corp.: "Being flexible + adding value = very valuable."

• April 20 – Tom Zwolan, director of consumer research, La-Z-Boy: "Making the La-Z-Boy brand relevant in the 21st century."

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations and communications, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Reporters are welcome at all sessions, but are asked to refrain from asking questions during the lecture. Videotaping and taking photographs are not allowed during the formal part of the lecture, but are allowed during the student question-and-answer sessions. Interviews with speakers can be prearranged through Tim Newton, director of external relations, School of Management, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu


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