News & Events

Ten Years Hence 2012

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.


Innovation in Global Health

by Andrew Serazin, D.Phil., Senior Program Officer, Global Health Discovery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

February 3, 2012

Andrew  Serazin, D.Phil.

Andrew Serazin is the Senior Program Officer for Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leading a team new scientific approaches and technologies for maternal, neonatal, and child health. He founded and led Grand Challenges Explorations, an early-stage medical research fund.

Full Video  


Managing Beyond the Point of No Return

by Erik Peterson, Managing Director, Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearney

February 10, 2012

Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson is director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, a strategic advisory service specifically designed for the world’s top CEOs and business-minded thought leaders.

Video not available.




by Rev. Larry Snyder, President, Catholic Charities USA

February 17, 2012

Rev. Larry Snyder
On February 2005, Rev. Larry Snyder took the helm of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)—the national office of more than 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide that provide help and create hope for more than 9.25 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.
Full Video Slides 


Social Innovation

by Michele Leaman, Changemaker Campus Consortium Director, Ashoka

March 23, 2012

Michele Leaman
Michèle Leaman is the Changemaker Campus Consortium Director at Ashoka where she works with faculty, administrators, and students to change complex institutional systems to become more supportive environments for social entrepreneurship and changemaking.

Full Video  


Innovations in City Government

by Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend

March 30, 2012

Pete Buttigieg
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. As mayor, Buttigieg supervises the enforcement of municipal codes and state laws, appoints and supervises department officers, and communicates with the Common Council on financial issues and policy affairs.
Full Video  


Healthcare Innovations

by Javon Bea, President & CEO, Mercy Health System

April 13, 2012

Javon Bea
Javon Bea is President and CEO of Mercy Health System, a vertically integrated health system in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois headquartered in Janesville, WI. Javon has 30 years experience in the national health care arena, having served at prestigious and well-respected medical centers throughout the country.
Full Video  


Business and Social Innovation

by Fred Dust, Partner, IDEO

April 20, 2012

Fred Dust
A Partner at IDEO, Fred Dust leads Systems at Scale, the group responsible for helping clients with large, systemic questions about infrastructure, from governmental shifts to behavioral change and beyond.
Full Video