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Ten Years Hence 2011

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.


Harnessing the Power of Business for Good

by Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab

January 21, 2011

Jay Coen Gilbert
Jay Coen Gilbert is the co-Founder of B Lab.  B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. 
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From Individual Conscience to Institutional Accountability. The Evolution of Sustainable Investing

by Barbara Krumsiek, President and CEO, Calvert

January 28, 2011

Barbara Krumsiek
Barbara J. Krumsiek is Chair, CEO and President of Calvert Group, Ltd., a leading investment management firm headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Calvert manages over $14 billion in assets in over 50 portfolios, including award-winning fixed income portfolios and a full family of sustainable and responsible equity mutual funds.
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The Role of Business in Building Sustainable Organizations and Society

by Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning

February 4, 2011

Peter Senge
Peter M. Senge, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."
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The Future of American Business, the Path to a Sustainable and Just Economy

by Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former President and CEO, Seventh Generation

February 18, 2011

Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender is the Co-Founder and former President and CEO of Seventh Generation, the leading brand of natural household products in the United States.  

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Sustainable Agriculture: Why It Matters

by Jerry Steiner, Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, The Monsanto Company

March 4, 2011

Jerry Steiner
Jerry Steiner is Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, with responsibility to lead The Monsanto Company's sustainability strategy and global corporate government, public and industry affairs, and develop value-added business with key food industry companies.


Creating the Future-The Path from Student to Sustainable Business Advantage

by Dave Stangis, Vice President – Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Campbell Soup Company

April 1, 2011

Dave Stangis
Dave Stangis is Vice President of CSR and Sustainability for the Campbell Soup Company. Campbell's is the world's largest soup manufacturer, and comprises other brands such as Pepperidge Farm, V8, Pace, Prego and Swanson.
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Keeping the Faith in Capitalism

by Marc Gunther, Contributing Editor, FORTUNE Magazine

April 8, 2011

Marc Gunther
Marc Gunther writes and speaks about business and sustainability. He is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at and a blogger at
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