President's Lecture Series


Contemporary Conversations

The President's lecture series, Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World, celebrates Webster's great heritage of bringing to campus thought leaders who are progressive, bold, entrepreneurial, provocative and inclusive. Contemporary Conversations events are free and open to the general public as well as University students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming Speakers

Dale Chapman, Ph.D., President and Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Community College, March 1, 2016 4:30-6:30pm

Mercedes Tunstall, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, April 5, 2016, 5:30-6:30pm

Past Speakers


Jim WeddleJim Weddle, Managing Partner, Edward Jones "Creating An Organization Employees Are Proud To Be A Part Of" April 14, 2015  - Blog entry by President Stroble



Stanley J. SilvermanStanley B. Silverman, Dean of Community and Technical College, University of Akron "Why Leadership Matters and Why Many Leaders Fail," link to video source, March 31, 2015 - Blog entry by President Stroble


Deborah Wince-SmithDeborah Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness and President, Global Federation for Competitiveness Councils "American Cities: Ecosystems for Innovation, Drivers of U.S. Global Competitiveness" October 21, 2014



Constance MorellaConstance Morella, 2014 Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Webster University Click here for WebsterToday coverage October 14, 2014




Koko KondoKoko Tanimoto Kondo, Bomb Survivor and Peace Advocate "Contemporary Conversation:  Koko Tanimoto Kondo" May 7, 2014



Barbara FaulkenberryMajor General Barbara J. Faulkenberry, Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois "Leadership, Service and Global Air Mobility" April 15, 2014



Andrew YoungAndrew Young, United Nations Ambassador and Civil Rights Activist Click here for WebsterToday coverage March 10, 2014


Will CarpenterDr. Will D. Carpenter, retired Vice President & General Manager of the New Products Division, Monsanto Company 
“The Role of the Chemical Industry in the Destruction of Chemical Weapons” March 4, 2014



Bob DotsonBob Dotson, journalist, author, eight-time Emmy award winner
"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things"
Apr. 24, 2013


Debbie StoreyDebbie Storey, chief diversity officer and SVP of Talent Development, AT&T
“Getting to the Future First through Talent Development”

Jan. 30, 2013


David WashingtonDavid Washington, managing partner, Washington & Company; author
“Life is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life”
Dec. 5, 2012

Suzanne SitherwoodSuzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO, The Laclede Group, Inc.
“The Path Forward: The Future of Natural Gas”
Oct. 30, 2012

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