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Ten Years Hence

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.


The Future of Energy

by Robert Schleckser, Vice President and Treasurer, ExxonMobil Corporation

January 31, 2014

Robert Schleckser
Robert Schleckser is Vice President and Treasurer for Exxon Mobil Corporation. Schleckser joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company in 1978 as a Process Engineer. In his career of thirty-five years, Schleckser has had a variety of management positions in Engineering, Planning, Refining, Supply/Logistics, Corporate Finance, Shipping, Banking/Cash Management, Investor Relations, and Controllers.
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Conversations for the Future of Business

by Lloyd Adams, Chief Operating Officer for SAP Americas' Regulated Industries

February 7, 2014

Lloyd Adams
Lloyd Adams is the Chief Operating Officer for SAP Americas' Regulated Industries team, which is comprised of the Healthcare, Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, Aerospace & Defense, State and Local Government, Higher Education, and Utilities markets.
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Diversity in the Armed Forces: Moving From Integration to Inclusion

by Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy

February 21, 2014

Lt. Gen. Michelle  Johnson
Prior to her selection to be the nineteenth Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Johnson was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Casteau, Belgium.
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by John Gordon, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, IBM, Watson Solutions Division

March 21, 2014

John Gordon
John Gordon is the Vice President of Marketing & Strategy IBM's Watson Solutions Division. John has the responsibility to develop the end-to-end business model for transforming the innovations created by IBM Watson into a strategic set of industry solutions.
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The World Through Arab Eyes

by Prof. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development,University of Maryland

April 4, 2014

Prof. Shibley Telhami
Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.
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The Future of Work

by Michael Merk, Director, Corporate Communications, Steelcase, Inc.

April 11, 2014

Michael Merk
Michael Merk is director of Corporate Communications for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations.
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The Future of Water

by Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader, GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies

April 25, 2014

Jon Freedman
As the global government affairs leader for GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies, Jon Freedman monitors and shapes domestic and international water policies and helps GE Power & Water develop technology collaborations with government entities. Jon also co-leads GE’s Natural Gas Policy Working Group.
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