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Ten Years Hence 2005

The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


Policies to Prepare for Growing Old in an Aging America

by Dr. Robert J. Willis, Professor of Economics University of Michigan

January 21, 2005

Dr. Robert J. Willis
 Dr. Robert Willis, economics professor at the University of Michigan and director of the multidisciplinary Health and Retirement Study.


Long Range Global Challenges and Their Implications for Business

by Jerome Clayton Glenn, Director, The Millennium Project

February 4, 2005

Jerome Clayton Glenn
Jerome Glenn is the executive director of the American Council for the United Nations University. He has 30 years of experience in future-oriented research for the U.S. government and international organizations.


The Future of Water

by George Oliver, GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies

February 11, 2005

George Oliver
George Oliver joined General Electric as a member of the Manufacturing Development Program, a precursor to today's Operations Leadership Management Program. 



by Dr. August Watanabe,

February 18, 2005

Dr. August Watanabe
August Watanabe is a cardiologist who formerly served as a full-time faculty member of Indiana University School of Medicine. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of the American College of Cardiology and as a member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association.


Ross Pillari

by Ross Pillari, President, BP of America

March 18, 2005

Ross Pillari
Ross Pillari is a member of the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Foreign Policy Association, the Alliance to Save Energy and the Baker Institute Energy Forum.


Fundamentalism, Peace and the Middle East

by Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor of Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

April 8, 2005

Dr. Shibley Telhami
Shibley Telhami is a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. In addition to teaching at the University of Maryland, he taught at Cornell University, Ohio State University, Princeton University and several other institutions of higher learning.