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Ten Years Hence 2007

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.


America in 2017: Making Tough Choices Today Can Help Save our Future

by David Walker, Ten Points About the U.S. Fiscal Condition

January 26, 2007

David Walker
David M. Walker began his 15-year term as Comptroller General of the United States in November 1998. He is also the head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a legislative branch agency that examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and advises lawmakers and agency heads on ways to make government work better.


Emergence of the Fusion Economy

by Dr. David Martin, CEO, M-CAM

February 9, 2007

Dr. David Martin
Dr. David Martin is an expert in domestic and international technology transfer and in patent enforcement and issuance. He is the founding CEO of M-CAM, a Charlottesville, Va., corporation that has developed and commercialized the world's first intellectual property characterization and monetization technology.


Climate Change, an Uncertain Future

by Dr. Patrick Minnis, NASA Langley Research Center

March 2, 2007

Dr. Patrick Minnis
Dr. Patrick Minnis is involved in the study of remote sensing of the atmosphere and the Earth's surface. His research focuses on the characterization and measurement of clouds, aerosols and radiation for the study of climate. He leads a team that has major research responsibilities for the development and application of advanced data analysis techniques to interpret satellite measurements of clouds and radiative characteristics of the Earth.


Up Front on the Future of Global Security

by Richard B. Myers, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

March 30, 2007

Richard B. Myers
Gen. Richard B. Myers served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001-2005. As the nation's highest-ranking military officer, Myers led America's global war on terrorism and the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


Radical Evolution

by Joel Garreau, Report & Editor, The Washington Post

April 13, 2007

Joel Garreau
Joel Garreau's newest book, Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies – and What It Means to Be Human , looks at altering human nature. Garreau also wrote the critically acclaimed book, The Nine Nations of North America, and Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, a work termed a "groundbreaking" by The New York Times.


Immigration Reform - The New Face of America

by Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli, Former member, U.S. House of Representatives

April 20, 2007

Honorable Romano  L. Mazzoli
The Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli's public service includes two years of active duty in the U.S. Army, 1954-1956, election to the Kentucky State Senate where he served from 1968 to 1970, and election to the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District from 1971 to his retirement in 1995.