The Practitioner’s Perspective: Distinguished Speakers’ Series

An exclusive opportunity to learn from industry leaders.

The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business’s Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to bring practitioners to campus to share their perspectives and thus complement classroom learning. The lectures center on the themes of ethics, sustainability and innovation, and represent a wide range of industries—from banking and finance to healthcare, retailing and consumer goods.

Our 2016–2017 Distinguished Speakers

Ms. Krupa Koestline, Chief Product Officer, Pure Essentials

Tanweer Ansari, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, The First National Bank of Long Island

Michael Graziano, Managing Director of the Ethics & Compliance, BNP Paribas

Lenny Achan, Chief Innovation Officer, Hospital for Special Surgery

Jeffrey Horowitz, Managing Dir & Market Had of Sales & Relationship Management for Corporate, Government & Non-for-Profit Segments, Bank of New York Mellon 

Marc Strachan, Vice President-Corporate Relations, Constituent Affairs, Diageo

William Faraday, Senior Environment Sustainability, Occupational Health & Safety Executive, Colgate-Palmolive

Annette Marinaccio, Associate Vice President of Business Development, Northwell Health

Jonathon Holtz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Winholt Equipment Group

Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., Director-Strategic Partnership Office, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Irene Quarshie, Vice President, Product Quality & Responsible Sourcing, Target

Loretta Cangialosi, Senior Vice President and Controller at Pfizer, Inc.

Akhil Gupta, Formerly Chairman, Blackstone India

Ron Robinson, Managing Director, Influence Nation

William Fuessler, Partner & Vice President, Global Leader, Finance, Risk & Fraud, IBM

Kim Petry, Chief Financial Officer, Paxos

If you would like to participate in this program or sponsor the upcoming year’s lecture series in whole or in part, just send me an email at

For further information, please contact:

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
p - 516.877.4600

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