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Business and Professional Coalition

Past Speakers

Past speakers for the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition include:

Catherine Jacobson
President and CEO, Froedtert Health
March 30, 2021
Watch the event recording

Daymond John 
Co-star of ABC’s “Shark Tank, two-time New York Times best-selling author, brand expert, founder and CEO of FUBU, and presidential ambassador of global entrepreneurship
Feb. 9, 2021

Randall Tucker 
Chief Inclusion Officer at Mastercard
March 14, 2019 
Read more about Mr. Tucker’s visit on the Kenosha News’ website
See photos from Mr. Tucker’s visit on our Flickr

James and Deborah Fallows 
Best-selling authors of “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America”
Feb. 18, 2019 
See photos from the Fallows’ visit on our Flickr

Governor John Baldacci 
Maine Governor and U.S. Congressman
Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2018 
See photos from Gov. Baldacci’s visit on our Flickr

Alex Lasry
Milwaukee Bucks Vice President of Strategy and Operations
Sept. 30, 2015
Read about Mr. Lasry’s visit

Thomas Martinez
Vice President of Sales Operations at Zenefits
May 4, 2015
Read about Mr. Martinez’s visit

Michael McCrea
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology/Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Feb. 11, 2015
Read about Prof. McCrea’s visit

Jeffrey Ball
Writer, scholar-in-residence at Stanford University
Oct. 29, 2014
Read about Mr. Ball’s visit

Bryant Ambelang
President and CEO of NatureSweet, Ltd.
April 8, 2014
Read about Mr. Ambelang’s visit

Lester Munson
ESPN legal affairs reporter
March 12, 2014
Read about Mr. Munson’s visit

Lisa Carlson ’84 and Steve Hopp
Benefits executives at Gallagher Benefit Services
Dec. 11, 2013
Read about their visit

Richard Halloran and Fumiko Mori Halloran
Writers, journalists, and East Asian policy experts
Oct. 23, 2013
Read about the Hallorans’ visit

Scott Lang
Chairman, president and CEO of Silver Spring Networks
Sept. 30, 2013
Read about Mr. Lang’s visit

Christopher A. Ruud
Vice President of Global LED Adoption at Cree, Inc.
June 13, 2013
Read about Mr. Ruud’s visit

Wendy DuBoe
President and Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
April 11, 2013
Read about Ms. DuBoe’s visit

Gregory S. Woodward
President of Carthage College
March 20, 2013
Read more about Mr. Woodward

Hoyt Harper II ’77
Senior Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts
April 11, 2012
Read about Mr. Hoyt’s visit

F. Gregory Campbell
21st President of Carthage College
Feb. 9, 2012
Read more about Mr. Campbell

Pat Hughes
“Voice of the Cubs”
Jan. 17, 2012
Read more about Mr. Hughes’ visit

Stephen Balch
Founder and chairman of the National Association of Scholars
Nov. 16, 2011
Read about Mr. Balch’s visit

Mike Leonard
Veteran feature correspondent for NBC-TV
Oct. 27, 2011
Read about Mr. Leonard’s visit

Edward Michael
Executive vice president at Abbott Laboratories
July 18, 2011

Anthony Alofsin
Frank Lloyd Wright expert
April 13, 2011

Read about Mr. Alofsin’s visit

Nicholas Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-on Incorporated
March 15, 2011

Read about Mr. Pinchuk’s visit

Duane R. Kullberg, Retired Managing Partner and CEO, Arthur Andersen & Co.
March 3, 2011

Read about Mr. Kullberg’s visit

John McDonough, President of the Chicago Blackhawks
Sept. 15, 2010

Col. Donald D. Woolfolk, Deputy Director of Intelligence, Navy Special Warfare Command
Nov. 10, 2010

Read about Mr. Woolfolk’s visit

Sumner Slichter
Policy Director, Office of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Washington, DC

Antonio Perez
President and CEO, Talgo America, Inc.

Eileen Mackevich
Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Tim Sullivan
President and CEO, Bucyrus, Inc.

Christopher Begley
Chairman and CEO, Hospira, Inc.

Gale Klappa
President and CEO, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Lovie Smith
Head Coach, Chicago Bears

Charles A. Bowsher
Former Comptroller General of the United States

The Honorable Clayton Yeutter
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Karl Ostby
Chairman, S.E. Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority
Philip C. Evenson
Executive Director, S.E. Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Roch Lambert
Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Recreational Products

Art Linkletter

Rear Adm. Ann E. Rondeau
Commander, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, U.S. Navy

James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress

Carl Lewis
Olympic Gold Medalist

Roland Hemond
Executive Advisor to the General Manager, Chicago White Sox

Daniel J. Travanti

Samuel C. Johnson
Chairman Emeritus, SC Johnson

David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower

The Honorable Lee Sherman Dreyfus
Former Governor, State of Wisconsin

Sergei N. Khrushchev
Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Bill Broydrick
Broydrick & Associates

David R. Duerson
President/CEO/Majority Partner, Fair Oaks Farms, LLC

Arthur I. Cyr
A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business, and Director of the Program in International Political Economy, Carthage

Siva Yam
President, U.S. - China Chamber of Commerce

Congressman Paul Ryan
First Congressional District, Wisconsin

Michael H. Moskow
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jeff Nowak
Executive Editor/Vice President, Special Interest Magazines, Reiman Publications

The Honorable Diane S. Sykes
Judge, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Allan H. “Bud” Selig
Commissioner, Major League Baseball

Janet Hale
Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Frank Busalacchi
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Bruce Dumont
Founder and CEO, The Museum of Broadcast Communications

Andy MacPhail
President/Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Cubs

William Schneider
Senior Political Analyst, Cable News Network

Michael Hodge, MBE
British Consul General, Chicago

Ellen M. Gardner
President, Ameritech Wisconsin

William E. La Macchia
President and CEO, The Mark Travel Corporation

Robert A. Cornog
Chairman, President and CEO, Snap-on Incorporated

Alan R. Blatecky ’68
Vice President of Information Technologies, MCNC

The Honorable James R. Klauser
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Administration and Special Counsel to the Governor

Michael J. Powers ’63
Vice-Chairman for Professional and Organizational Development, Ernst & Young LLP

Pat Richter
Director of Athletics, UW-Madison

Richard Abdoo
Chairman, President and CEO, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Jean-Pierre Rosso
President and CEO, Case Corporation

Robert Michael
Economist, University of Chicago

Audrey Freedman
Audrey Freedman & Associates

A. W. Tom Clausen ’44
Retired Chairman and CEO, BankAmerica Corporation

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

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    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

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    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

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