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Previous Speakers


  • Dan Foltz, mba '87, Topeka, Kan., president/CEO, KBS Constructors, Inc.
  • Amy Bybee, ba '90, Chicago, Ill., senior vice president, customer engagement/CRM, TBWA/WORLDHEALTH
  • Rob Reilly, bba '88, Keller, Texas, vice president, south region, BNSF Railway
  • Karl Fundenberger, ba '08, Topeka, Kan., director of bicycle operations, Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Co-founders, Advisors Excel
    • David Callanan, bba '98, Benton, Kan.
    • Cody Foster, ba '99, Stockton, Kan.
    • Derek Thompson, ba '99, Silver Lake, Kan.
  • Karen Neilinger, ba '88, bba '89, real estate developer, financial services professional, author
  • Colby Fries, ba '94, director, pharmacy and retail operations, Walgreen Co.
  • Carol Rogers, ba '71, president/CEO/founding partner, Rogers & Company
  • Rick LeJuerrne, bba '91, president, Flow Capital LLC
  • John Hunter, professor, executive director, Heartland Visioning
  • Mark Beffort, bba '85, CEO, Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort
  • Priti Lakhani, ba '91, executive physician, Cerner Corporation
  • Brian Smith, bs '86, lieutenant, Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Michael Clark, bba '83, Tulsa, Okla., vice president and controller, ONEOK Partners
  • Ty Walrod, bba '06, co-founder/chief executive officer, Bright Funds
  • Barbara Waterman-Peters, bfa '73, Topeka, artist/owner, Studio 831
  • Col. Clarence Taylor, bba '78, Shawnee, Kan, owner/operator, Oak Park Plaza Chick-fil-A
  • Ron Whitten, jd '77, Topeka, architecture senior editor, Golf Digest
  • Marsha (Ticehurst) Oliver, bba '74, Topeka, vice president for marketing, Mize Houser & Company PA
  • Steven S. Martin, bsn '79, Omaha, Neb., president/CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • David Burlew, ba '80, Lee's Summit, Mo., training and national academy coordinator, FBI in Kansas City
  • Jim Jones, ba '70, Alamo, Calif., CEO, AccountNow Inc. 
  • Linda Miroslaw Gilligan, bba '77, Minneapolis, Minn., senior vice president and general auditor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • James Hanni, ba ’74, Lawrence, executive vice president of public affairs, AAA Allied Group Inc.
  • Barbara (Clark) Morrison, bba ’85, Wichita, Kan., director of project management, Koch Business Solutions
  • Jay Lang, bba ’92, jd ’95, Leawood, Kan., vice president, commercial finance and strategic development, MachineryLink
  • Paige Strohson, ba ’91, San Diego, Calif., multifamily solar consultant, HelioPower
  • Kevin Bittner, bba ’88, Topeka, CEO and managing partner, Strategic Planning Consultants
  • Debra (Hiebert) Goodrich, ba ’96, Topeka, journalist and historian,
  • Mitch Peterson, bba ’90, Olathe, Kan., vice president of marketing, Nolan Real Estate
  • Angie Wilson-Perkins, ba ’98, ma ’00, Olathe, Kan., special agent, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  • Kevin Sweeney, ba ’71, bba ’71, Southlake, Texas, speaker, consultant and author
  • Bill Marshall, ba ’61, Colorado Springs, Colo., adjunct flight director, Challenger Learning Center of Colorado
  • Richard Kline, bba ’82, Leawood, Kan., owner, KRC Enterprises LLC
  • Tom Luedke, ba ’83, jd ’86, Topeka, assistant U.S. attorney, civil division, Topeka office
  • Gwen (Randel) Ritter, bba ’95, director, Americas Structured Utility Team, Deutsche Bank
  • Eric Brende, ba ’86, St. Louis, Mo., author
  • Tammy Fruits, bba ’91, Overland Park, Kan., vice president, sales and marketing, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
  • Ann (Severns) Hoelting, bba ’85, Shawnee, Kan., assistant vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Kevin Moncrief, bba ’83, Hesperia, Calif., principal, Ernst & Young
  • The Hon. Gregory Waller, ba ’70, jd ’73, Wichita, Kan., judge, criminal department, 18th Judicial District, Sedgwick County, Kan.
  • Larry Stambaugh, bba ’69, San Diego, Calif., principal, Apercu Consulting
  • Bruce Wiley, bs ’83, Greybull, Wyo, dentist and forensic odontologist
  • Brad Dixon, bba ’75, Topeka, president, Kansas Gas Service
  • Jade Gurss, ba ’86, director, publicity and media relations, AnheuserBusch NASCAR and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Denise Walsh, bba ’94, Topeka, director, corporate tax, Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Mindee Reece, ba ’88, director, Kansas Bioterrorism Program
  • Niki McDowell, bba ’92, owner, It’s Just Lunch
  • Bob Davis, ba ’67, broadcaster, Kansas City Royals, Kansas Jayhawks
  • David Strohm, bba ’74, president and CEO of TrueNorth Inc
  • Peggy Johnson, b ed ’70, executive director and CEO, Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation
  • Mayo Schmidt, bba ’80, Regina, Saskatchewan, CEO, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
  • Pamela G. Hollie, ba ’70, journalist, environmentalist, Kiplinger Visiting Professor
  • Bob Hoffmann, ba ’93, Toronto, Canada, senior manager, Maya 3D animation software
  • John B. Wood, bba s’73, jd ’78, New York City, Sussman Sollis Ebin Tweedy & Wood LLP
  • Christy Levings, b ed ’74, Osawatomie, Kan., president, Kansas National Education Association
  • Dr. Nancy Tilson-Mallett, ba ’76, Westwood Hills, Kan., physician, artist
  • Mike Racy, bba ’87, Carmel, Ind., second chief of staff, NCAA Division II athletics
  • Dee (Smelser) Bisel, bba ’70, Lawrence, Kan., owns Minuteman Press
  • Dr. Tony Ware, ba ’74, vice president, Cradio Drug Development & Clinical Investigation for Eli Lilly and Company
  • Troy Stremming, bba ’91, jd ’94, Lee’s Summit, Mo., vice president, legal and government affairs, Ameristar Casinos
  • Toni Boyles, ba ’87, consultant, Creative Training Institute, director, A Place in Time
  • Ken Calwell, bba ’84, executive vice president, Domino’s Pizza
  • Charles Axton, ba ’56, music director. Max Ary, co-founder, developer, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
  • Gail McRorie, bba ’79, president, co-owner, Supply Chain Solutions
  • Dale Pond, bba ’69, executive vice president, merchandising, marketing, Lowe’s Companies
  • Mike Ryan, ba ’81, editor, Topeka Capital-Journal
  • Gene Reardon, bba s’67, auditor general, U.S. Army
  • Ka (Estes) Cotter, ba ’65, president, Staubach National Accounts
  • Lisa (Hefner) Heitz, ba ’85, author
  • Dean Forster, ba ’74, Topeka chief of police
  • Bill Kurtis, jd ’66, journalist, commentator
  • Linda (Richey) Graves, jd ’78, first lady of Kansas
  • Mark Hunt, ba ’71, director, Reagan Presidential Library
  • Art Fletcher, ba ’50, honorary degree ’90, former chairman, U.S. Civil Rights Commission
  • Cathy (Wollen) Maxwell, ba ’75, romance novelist
  • Gary Clark, ba ’79, safari leader
  • Jim Reynolds, attendee ’69, actor
  • Connie (Clarke) Yoxall, ba ’52, public relations consultant
  • Kenneth Kerle, ba ’52, editor, American Jails magazine
  • Ron Thornburgh, ba ’85, Kansas secretary of state
  • Damian Strohmeyer, ba ’80, photographer, Sports Illustrated
  • Dan Holt, ba ’63, director, Eisenhower Presidential Library
  • David Beeder, ba ’52, D.C. bureau, Omaha World Herald
  • Jerry Schemmel, ba ’72, jd ’75, radio voice, Denver Nuggets
  • Betty Becker-Theye, ba ’63, professor, foreign languages, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Grace Sawyer Jones, b ed ’60, vice president, multicultural affairs, New York State University Oneonta
  • John David, Jr., ba ’38, former Olympics track coach
  • Harry Middleton, ba ’44, director, LBJ Presidential Library
  • Lynn Johnson, jd ’70, lawyer
  • Pamela Hollie, ba ’70, representative, Asia Foundation
  • Thomas Puckett, bba ’74, jd ’77, chairman and CEO, HPC Puckett & Co
  • John Wortman, bba ’62, former president and CEO, American Mutual Insurance
  • Connie Ross, ba ’69, director of advertising and publicity, Imperial Palace Hotel
  • Ron Richey, bba ’49, jd ’51, chairman and CEO, Torchmark Corp
  • Richard Davis, ba ’46, cofounder, KC Masterpiece
  • Dr. David Nelson, bs ’66, chief of immunphysiology, metabolism branch, National Cancer Institute.
  • David Fisher, jd ’75, vice president, legal, Pillsbury Company
  • Sugwon Kang, ba ’60, professor, political science
  • Don Wilson, ba ’64, director, George Bush Presidential Library
  • Tony DeMeo, Washburn football coach
  • Billie Jean Moore, b ed ’66, former UCLA women’s basketball coach
  • Dick Davidson, ba ’66, CEO, Union Pacific Railroad
  • George Plimpton, author 
  • Bob Chipman and Richard Konzen, Washburn men’s basketball coach and Kansas assistant athletic director
  • Kay Cronkite Waldo, author
  • Robert Zumwalt, scientist
  • Bill Kurtis, jd ’66, coanchor for CBS

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