Past Speakers by Name

logoThe Walker School of Business has enjoyed speakers from the following organizations as listed below.  Click on the presentation title to view the Speaker Series lecture.



 Presentation Title

Ed Adams

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Enterprise Holdings

How to Recruit, Retain and Grow Talent

Dr. Benjamin Akande

Dean, Walker School of Business & Technology, Webster University

Networking: The Amazing Race for Business Growth

Jim Albaugh

Former President and CEO, Boeing

Changing Aerospace:  From the Factory to the Frontlines

Rohini Anand

Senior Vice President and Group Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexho

Embracing Diversity: Being the Change You Want to See in the World

David Axelrod

Former Counsel to President Obama

A Conversation with David Axelrod

Barry Babcock

Former Chairman and Co-Founder, Charter Communications

Turning the Channel on Corporate Culture

John Bachmann

Former Managing Partner, Edward Jones

Leadership and Legacy

Judith Bitterli

Former Co-CEO, Direct Impact

How to Succeed in Any Market

David Brandon

Former Chairman and CEO, Domino's Pizza

Leading Change

Nancy Brinker

Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary; Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

The Power of One

Cindy Brinkley

Former Diversity Officer, AT&T

Innovation and Opportunity in a Mobile, Connected World

August Busch, IV

President, Anheuser Busch Companies

Leadership and Change in the Beer Industry

Tracy Campbell

Author, The Gateway Arch: A Biography

The Gateway Arch: A Biography

John Capps

President, Plaza Motors

From Around the Globe to Your Driveway: The Automotive Industry

Cedric the Entertainer and Eric Rhone

President and CEO, Visions Management Group

The Business of Entertainment

Maxine Clark

Founder and Former Chief Executive Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Putting the Heart Back in Retailing

Women in Leadership Panel Discussion

Dr. Susanne Cohen 

President, Triumph Pharmaceuticals 

SmartMouth Takes a Bite Out of Hollywood: A Company's Journey to The Apprentice with Donald Trump

Robert Croak

CEO and Creator, Silly Bandz, BCP Imports

The Man Behind the Bandz

Gerald E. Daniels

Former President and CEO, Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems

Leadership:  It Ought to be Easy

John C. Danforth

Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to the U.N.; Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP

A Conversation with Senator Danforth

Bart Decrem

Former CEO, Tapulous, Inc.

Mobile 2.0: Lessons So Far

Joe DePinto

President/CEO, 7-Eleven

Leading Change at 7-Eleven

Bill DeWitt

President, St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Economics

Arnold Donald

Former Chairman, Merisant Company

A Journey

Ted Drewes

Owner, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Sweet Success

Jack Dorsey

Chairman, Co-Founder and Creator, Twitter

A "Tweetup" with Jack

Jimmie M. Edwards

Judge, Founder, Innovative Concept Academy; People Magazine 2011 Hero of the Year

Encouraging the Incorrigible

Chuck Feltz

Author and Founding Partner, Engage Consulting Group

Managing the Gap

Ensuring Relevancy Panel Discussion

Sam Fox

Founder and Former Chairman, Harbour Group

A Conversation with Sam Fox

Hugh Grant

Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto

Harnessing the Power of Technology

Haluk Gursel

Anti-Fraud Specialist

Contemporary Fraud Threats to Today's Executive 

Graydon "Gig" Gwin

Founder, Gwin's Travel

When You've Visited Every Country: Tales from the Ultimate Globetrotter

Lesley Hoffarth

President and Executive Director, Forest Park Forever

Rebuilding History: Leadership Lessons from I-64 to Forest Park Forever

Michael Holmes

Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Edward Jones; President, and Founder, RX Outreach

Becoming an Employer of Choice

How to Recruit, Retain and Grow Talent

Shep Hyken

Customer Service Expert and NY Times Bestselling Author

How to Succeed in Business: Creating Customer Amazement

David Kemper

Chairman, Commerce Bancshares

Customer Relationships and the Value in Today's Financial Service Industry

Ward Klein

CEO, Energizer Holdings

Leading Change

Robert Lachky

Former Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Creator of the Award-Winning, "Whassup?!" Campaign, Anheuser Busch Companies 

Real Men of Genius: The Ads Behind Anheuser Busch

Desmond Lee

Philanthropist, Civic Leader

My Philosophy of Entrepreneurship

Dutch Leonard

George F. Baker Jr. Professor, JKF School of Government, Harvard University

Innovation and the Role of Leaders

Danny Ludeman

President and CEO, Wells Fargo Advisors

Focus on the Future: Lessons Learned from the Economic Crisis

 Julie MacIntosh


Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser Busch 

Steve Maritz

Chairman and CEO, Maritz

Customer Engagement

Kathy Mazzarella

President and CEO, Graybar

Women in Leadership Panel Discussion

Richard McClure

President, UniGroup

Getting Where You Want to Be: A Business World in Motion

P. Joseph McKee, III

President and CEO, Paric Corporation

A Conversation with P. Joseph McKee

Allen McKellar

Pepsi-Co (retired)

Taking the Pepsi Challenge: Corporate America's First African American Hire

H. Melvin Ming

President and CEO, Sesame Workshop

Lessons from Sesame Street and Beyond

Russ Mitchell

Former Anchor, The Saturday Early Show (CBS)

The Global Impact of Communications

Patrick Mulcahy

Chairman, Energizer Holdings

14 Lessons on Leadership

Vivek Nagrani

Designer and Owner, The Ovadafut Hoisery Compnay

The Power of the Handshake

Michael Niedorff 

Chairman, President and CEO, Centene Corporation 

Transforming an Industry: The Story of Resiliency and Perseverance 

Richard Noll

Chairman and CEO, Hanesbrands, Inc.

Globalization and Careers

Mikael Ohlsson


The IKEA Way

Sam Palmisano

Former Chairman, President and CEO, IBM

A Business and its Ideas: Shaping a Company and a Century

Robert Parish

President, Rawlings Sporting Goods

Company First, Self Second

George Paz 

Chairman and CEO, Express Scripts 

Moving up the Fortune 500 One Prescription at a Time

Dr. David Pendleton

Associate Fellow at Said Business School, Oxford University

Leadership in Difficult Times

Susan Polgar

Chess Grandmaster 

Chess Strategy and Decision-Making

Jay Rasulo

Senior Vice President and CFO, Walt Disney Corporation

The CFO's Role: Linking Financial and Business Strategies with Success

Jeff Rein

Former President and CEO, Walgreens

How a Physical Therapist Created My Management Styles

Rodger Riney

Founder, President and CEO, Scottrade

An Entrepreneurial History of Bricks and Clicks

Mike and Steve Roberts

The Roberts Companies

Defying the Odds: The Power of Entrepreneurship

Scott Rosenblum

Criminal Defense Attorney

In the Interest of Justice: Raising the Bar

Tom Schlafly

President and Co-Founder, Saint Louis Brewing Company, Inc.

What Made a Lawyer Decide to Start a Brewery?

Scott Schnuck

Former Chairman and CEO, Schnucks Markets

State of the Grocery Store Industry

Todd Schnuck

Chairman and CEO,
Schnucks Markets

Ensuring Relevancy Panel Discussion

Soren Schroder 

President and CEO, Bunge 

Feeding the World: Dynamics of the Global Ag Trade 

H. Lee Scott

Former President and CEO, Wal-Mart

Leadership Challenges of a Global Corporation

Romaine Seguin

President, American Region UPS

The Global Executive: Leading the Pace of Business

Peter Shankman

Founder, Help a Reporter Out (HARO)

Everybody is an Expert at Something

General Hugh Shelton

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001)

Global Challenges Facing America Today

Michael Sherraden

Co-Founder, The Global Assets Project

Research and Innovation: Using Knowledge to Create Change

Erich Steinbock

Former General Manager, Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Lessons from Behind the Scenes at The Ritz

Randall Stephenson 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T 

The Mobile Revolution 

David Steward

Chairman and Founder, World Wide Technology, Inc.

Doing Business by the Good Book
2015 Person of the Year

 Diane Sullivan

President and CEO, Brown Shoe Company 

Leadership: Putting Your Best Foot Forward 

Louis Susman

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.K.

Transatlantic Alliance: Past, Present and Future

Gary Swart

CEO, oDesk

Work 3.0: Changing the Face of Remote Work

Andrew Taylor 

Chairman, Enterprise Holdings 

A Journey to the Truth: Achieving "Top Box" Customer Satisfaction at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Former President, Operation Respect

How to Take Power Seriously

George Herbert Walker III

Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Philanthropist and longtime Webster University supporter

Hurdles and Helpers: Experiences in Hungary and More

Ben Wells 

Former CFO, Burger King

Winning the Battle of the Burgers 

Ed Whitacre 

Former Chairman of AT&T and General Motors 

From Baby Bell to Global Bell:  Leading an International Expansion 

Patricia Woertz 

President and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland Companies 

The Challenge of Change 

Dr. Stuart Yoak

Professor of Professional Ethics, Olin School of Business

Sustainability Business Practices: Responsibilities, Relationships and Values

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

President of Indonesia, Walker Alumnus

Susilo Bambang's Commencement Address