Executives in Residence - We Bring C-Suite Business Leaders To You!
Each year, chairs, CEOs, presidents, and other top executives visit the campuses for a day and interact with students as part of our Executive in Residence program. Located in New York, the business capital of the world, the Lubin School of Business has a unique competitive positioning that provides opportunities for corporate partnerships and close relationships with the business community. Our location is part of Lubin's experience-based learning advantage.
The Executive in Residence program has been in existence for more than 30 years and typically executives visit both campuses each year. The executives lecture on timely business issues, providing unique insights to students from a real business perspective. Students have the opportunity to interact with the executives throughout the day, asking questions, learning about positions in the industry, and sharing their concerns as they prepare for their own business careers. We also find that our visiting executives find the experience to be very rewarding as they interact with students and faculty, giving back to the community and helping to shape tomorrow's business leaders. You might meet the CEO of the next company you work for!
Heidi Davidson '00
Co-Founder, Galvanize Worldwide
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Kessel Campus Center
>> RSVP requested
Before co-founding Galvanize Worldwide, Heidi spent four years as part of the turn-around team at BlackBerry in the roles of senior vice president of Corporate Marketing and before that senior vice president of Corporate Communications. During this time, Heidi managed the CEO transitions of three different leadership teams, and was responsible for BlackBerry's internal and external programs to rebuild the company's reputation and corporate viability as it shifted from a handset manufacturer to a security software provider. During this time, Heidi and her team won a number of awards, including Global PR Week's Corporate Branding Campaign of the Year – 2015 for their work in turning the media sentiment of the company around.
Prior to that, Heidi worked at MasterCard Worldwide at its global headquarters in Purchase, New York for 11 years. She served in various leadership capacities in communications roles, compliance, global public policy, consumer education, training and events, fraud investigations, security and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, CEO transition and franchise integrity. She was a frequent speaker and trainer, and testified at both the state and federal government levels on a variety of payment card related topics. During this time, Heidi managed the settlement of a number of retailer payment card breaches impacting MasterCard customers.
Prior to joining MasterCard, Heidi served as a senior account executive at Brodeur Worldwide, a high-tech public relations agency. In addition to serving large, global brands, she worked on the agency's Advanced Technology Group – a function for start-up technology companies. She supported a variety of start- up clients, including Research In Motion-BlackBerry, which included the launch of the first BlackBerry and the company's IPO on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Other clients included IBM, Philips, Minolta and Hyperion Software. She was the 1999 recipient of the Brodeur Employee Achievement Reward for outstanding service to the agency. Prior to this, Heidi served in various roles at John Mallen Communications, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Public Employees Federation AFL-CIO.
Heidi holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, an MBA in Marketing and a Doctorate degree (ABD) in Business from Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York. In 2015, Heidi was named to the PR News list of Top Women in PR and won the Canada's Top Women in Technology - Leadership Excellence Award. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Business Council of Westchester and the Board of Governors for the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester.
Chris O'Leary '81
Partner, Twin Ridge Capital
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
New York City Campus
>> RSVP requested
Chris was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for General Mills International from 2006-2016. He was responsible for all businesses outside the U.S., totaling more than $6 Billion in sales across over 100 countries and more than 20,000 employees. From 2001-2006 Chris was President of the Meals Division, responsible for brands such as Green Giant, Progresso, and Old El Paso. Chris was President of the Betty Crocker Division from 1999-2001 and started at General Mills in 1997 as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Prior to General Mills, Chris spent 17 years at PepsiCo. His last role was CEO of Frito-Lay Canada in 1996/97. He was also Area Vice President Frito Lay Midwest (1994-1996), Vice President Marketing for Frito Lay U.K. (1991-1994), Vice President of Marketing Frito Lay U.S. (1990), and had numerous other Marketing roles at Frito Lay and Pepsi-Cola from 1981-1989). Chris started his PepsiCo career as a Marketing Intern in 1980. He applied for and landed an internship at Pepsi-Cola offered only to Pace University Students, working 30+ hours a week for his last three semesters at Pace.
Chris has an MBA from New York University (1987). He is on the Board of both Telephone and Data Systems Inc. and CARE USA. Chris was co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Consumer Industry Steering Group and regularly attended the Annual Meeting in Davos.
Chris resides in Minneapolis Minnesota with his wife Julie. Chris and Julie have 4 children.
For more information about the Executive in Residence program, please contact Lubin's Office of Communications and External Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 618-6500.
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