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Ten Years Hence 2013

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.


How Faith, Religion and the Role of Divinity will Influence our Lives, Society and Economy

by Professors Larry Cunningham, Tzvi Novick, James VanderKam and A. Rashied Omar , Department of Theology and Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

January 18, 2013

Professors Larry Cunningham, Tzvi Novick, James VanderKam and A. Rashied Omar

Panel Members: Professors Lawrence Cunningham, Tzvi Novick and James VanderKam, Department of Theology; and A. Rashied Omar, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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by Roxanne Spillett, former President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

February 8, 2013

Roxanne  Spillett
Roxanne Spillett, in her 16 year tenure as President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, led the most successful transformation of what is today one of the Top Ten nonprofit organizations in America.
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Making Fun Functional

by Julia Silverman, Co-Founder, Uncharted Play

February 15, 2013

Julia Silverman
Julia Silverman is the Co-Founder and Chief Social Officer of Uncharted Play–a new kind of social enterprise that would show the world that doing good and doing good business need not be mutually exclusive.
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Global Commons

by Leo Burke, Director of Integral Leadership, Executive Education, Mendoza College of Business

February 22, 2013

Leo Burke
Leo Burke is Director of Integral Leadership at the Mendoza College of Business, the University of Notre Dame. He also directs the Global Commons Initiative at Notre Dame.
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by Ellen Gustafson, Co-Founder, Feed Projects; Founder and Executive Director, 30 Project

March 22, 2013

Ellen Gustafson

Ellen Gustafson is an internationally recognized sustainable food system activist, an award winning innovator, and a social entrepreneur of Global proportions. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project, a new organization aimed at connecting global hunger and obesity while crowd-sourcing long-term food system change. 

This lecture will NOT be recorded.



by Matthew Breitfelder, Managing Director, Global Human Resources, BlackRock

April 12, 2013

Matthew Breitfelder
Matthew Breitfelder is Managing Director, Global Human Resources, at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management firm, with more than $9 billion in revenue and $3.7 trillion in assets under management.

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by Patricia Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company

April 26, 2013

Patricia Dinneen
Patricia Dinneen is the Managing Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $10.0 billion in assets under management. She has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career.
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