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Darden Speaker Series: “Leadership in the 21st Century and Global Forces” Dominic Barton, McKinsey

Darden Speaker Series: “Leadership in the 21st Century and Global Forces” Dominic Barton, McKinsey

October 13, 2016
The Darden Leadership Speaker Series kicks-off its 2016-17 season with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company.

In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004. 

For a full bio, visit http://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/dominic-barton

Introduction by Dean Scott Beardsley. Recorded 8 September 2016.
Living a Life of Conscious Leadership: John Mackey, Whole Foods Market

Living a Life of Conscious Leadership: John Mackey, Whole Foods Market

March 31, 2016

The Darden Leadership Speaker series welcomes John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

Mr. Mackey has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 435 stores and 85,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s“100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years and ranked first in the food and drug store industry as part of the magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” list in 2016.

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement. (http://consciouscapitalism.org/)

The presentation was co-sponsored in partnership with the Adam Smith Society and Net Impact at Darden. Recorded 22 March, 2016.

Avoiding a Water Crisis: Water Challenges and Proposed Solutions: Peter Brabeck

Avoiding a Water Crisis: Water Challenges and Proposed Solutions: Peter Brabeck

March 2, 2016

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series welcomes Peter Brabeck, Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Nestlé Group, to the School as the keynote speaker of a series of events across the University of Virginia around World Water Day.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe led the Nestlé Group from 1997 to 2008, first as CEO, till 2005, and then as Chairman and CEO. In April 2008, he handed over the office of CEO and remained Chairman of the Board of Nestlé S.A. Peter is also Chairman of the "2030 Water Resources Group", a Public Private Partnership housed in the IFC/World Bank, Washington.

Recorded 29 February 2016.

Leadership Insights from Coca-Cola: Sunil Ghatnekar

Leadership Insights from Coca-Cola: Sunil Ghatnekar

March 2, 2016

Darden welcomes alumnus Sunil Ghatnekar (MBA ’92), CFO, Bottling Investments Group, the Coca-Cola Company back to Darden as part of the Leadership Speaker Series. Sunil also serves on the Darden Corporate Advisory Board.

Sunil brings insights from more than 23 years of experience with the Coca-Cola Company. Part of the senior leadership team, Sunil shares his journey to CFO of BIG and his global experiences leading areas such as strategy, finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

The Bottling Investments Group (BIG) one of the six main operating groups of The Coca-Cola Company. BIG is responsible for managing all the Company owned bottling operations across the globe (including markets such as USA, Canada, Germany, China and India) which collectively generate over $20 Billion in revenue annually.

This event was co-sponsored by the Darden Finance Club. Recorded 24 February 2016.

Leading in a Rapidly Changing Society: Carol Sawdye, PwC

Leading in a Rapidly Changing Society: Carol Sawdye, PwC

December 19, 2015

Carol A. Sawdye, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers visits Darden as part of the Leadership Speaker Series. Sawdye has an interesting background beginning with her years as a partner at PwC, followed by moves to become the CFO & COO of one of the world’s largest law firms and then the CFO of the National Basketball Association before returning to PwC as Vice Chairman & CFO. She is also an undergraduate alumna of the University of Virginia. She speaks here on "Leading in a Rapidly Changing Society". The event was co-sponsored by Darden’s Graduate Women in Business organization.

In her role as PwC's CFO, Carol is responsible for PwC's financial functions including budgeting and reporting, partnership taxation, treasury, internal audit and real estate and is a member of the U.S. Leadership Team.

Recorded 3 December 2015.

Innovation at ADT: Naren Gursahaney, ADT

Innovation at ADT: Naren Gursahaney, ADT

December 4, 2015

Darden alum Naren Gursahaney (MBA '89), President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The ADT Corporation speaks on "Innovation at ADT" as part of Darden's Leadership Speaker Series. The event was co-sponsored by Darden’s Technology Club .

Naren and his leadership team’s significant contributions have helped make ADT the leading provider of home and small business electronic security, automation and alarm monitoring services in North America. Naren is focused on making ADT a world-class customer-centric organization, including building a strong management team, shaping the company’s culture, and maintaining and growing the company’s leadership position. Under Naren’s direction, ADT is poised for continued growth through new and expanded revenue streams and a focus on innovation.

Recorded 2 December 2015.

Inspiring Leaders: Robert G. Wilmers, M&T Bank Corporation

Inspiring Leaders: Robert G. Wilmers, M&T Bank Corporation

November 19, 2015

Darden welcomes Robert G. Wilmers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M&T Bank Corporation as a participant in the 2015-16 Leadership Speaker Series, “Leaders that inspire innovation, collaboration and growth." His presentation was followed by a "fireside chat" with Darden Finance Professor Ken Eades.

Mr. Wilmers has received many honors and awards for his service to the banking industry, as well as for his leadership and contributions to the Buffalo, N.Y. community, where the M&T Bank is headquartered. These awards include the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce ‘Western New Yorker of the Year’ Award (1991); State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management ‘Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year’ Award (1992); The Buffalo News ‘Citizen of the Year Award’ (1987 and 1994); American Banker ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award (2005); ‘Chevalier of the Legion of Honor’ by the President of France (2008); American Banker ‘Banker of the Year’ Award (2011); and the ‘Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal,’ the State University of New York at Buffalo’s highest honor, for civic patriotism (2015).

Recorded 19 November 2015.

“Community First, Company Second”: Javier Rodriguez, DaVita Kidney Care

“Community First, Company Second”: Javier Rodriguez, DaVita Kidney Care

November 15, 2015

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series welcomes Javier Rodriguez, President & CEO of DaVita Kidney Care. Mr. Rodriguez speaks on "Community First, Company Second: Leading a Village"

Javier Rodriguez is president and CEO of DaVita Kidney Care, a leading provider of kidney care services and a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a FORTUNE 500® company that provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. DaVita Kidney Care delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services.

This event was co-sponsored by Darden's Health Care Club.

Recorded 17 November 2015.

Michael DeCola, CEO of HBM Holdings

Michael DeCola, CEO of HBM Holdings

October 20, 2015

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series welcomes alum and former Board of Trustees member Michael A. DeCola, Chief Executive Officer of HBM Holdings. This event was co-sponsored by Darden’s General Management and Operations Club.

HBM Holdings was formed in January, 2014 to oversee all of the business interests owned by the Harry B. Mathews, Jr. Trust. Mississippi Lime, founded in 1907 by Harry B. Mathews, Jr. is a leading supplier of calcium products throughout the U.S. Its Ste. Genevieve facility is the world’s largest and most complex calcium plant in the world. Other calcium facilities are based in Verona, KY; Weirton, WV; Vicksburg, MS; Chester, SC and Mobile, AL. Mississippi Lime also owns Delavau, LLC, a supplier of food and pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as finished dosage forms for the nutritional supplement and OTC markets, and Tru-Flex, LLC, a manufacturer of high performance metal hoses and bellows that connect emissions systems to the pollution control platform on heavy duty trucks and equipment.

Recorded 6 October 2015.

Kevin Chidwick, CEO, Elephant Auto Insurance

Kevin Chidwick, CEO, Elephant Auto Insurance

September 21, 2015

He heads the Herd, otherwise known as the leadership team at Elephant. The Darden Leadership Speaker Series welcomed Kevin Chidwick, Chief Executive Officer of Elephant Auto Insurance.

Chidwick joined Admiral Group Plc in 2005, becoming the Director of Finance. From September 2006 to mid-August 2014 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Admiral Group Plc as well as its Managing Director of Elephant - USA. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Elephant Insurance Services, LLC since 2012.

Elephant believes people who like what they do, do it better and therefore encourages a climate of individual contributions, long-term commitment and profitable growth within the organization. This philosophy has garnered the company recognition as an award-winning employer having been named one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia, one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States in 2011 and 2012, and in 2014 won the HYPE Richmond Young Professionals Workplace Award.

Darden’s General Management and Operations Club was co-host for this event. Recorded 8 September 2015.