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Owen Graduate School of Management

Distinguished Speaker Series

Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-a

Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-a gave a talk to a gathering of students in Averbuch Auditorium at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

Welcome from the DSS president 

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Distinguished Speaker Series, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.

Over the years, the Distinguished Speaker Series has brought business leaders to the Owen School to share professional insights on leadership and industry trends.  Our mission is to enrich the Owen School experience by providing opportunities for students to engage with corporate leaders.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is hosted by Dean Eric Johnson and open to students, staff and faculty of the Owen School.

As we enter into this school year, I look forward to continuing our tradition of learning from and engaging with each of our esteemed speakers.

Thomas Cavalaris, MBA Class of 2017
President, Distinguished Speaker Series Club

2017 speakers:
Dan Cathy–Chief Executive Office, Chick-fil-a
Richard Moss–Chief Financial Officer, HanesBrands

2016 speakers:
Jose Munoz–Nissan Motor Co. & chairman, Nissan North America, Inc
Megan Barry–Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Carl Carande–Vice Chairman, Advisory Services, KPMG
Lt. General Ronald Baily–United States Marine Corp.
Shan-Lyn Ma–CEO and founder, Zola
Rob Louv–Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
Joe Mello–COO, DaVita Healthcare Partners

2015 speakers:
David Farr–CEO, Emerson
Reese Witherspoon–Founder, Draper James
Cotter Cunningham–CEO, RetailMeNot
Jeff Henderson–Advisory Director, Berkshire Partners and former CFO, Cardinal Health
Steve Savoca–Global Head of Content, Spotify
Jim Morgan–Chairman, Krispy Kreme
Ben Carpenter–Vice Chairman, CRT Capital Group

Keith Wandell–CEO, Harley-Davidson
Brady Dougan–CEO, Credit Suisse
Sandy Cochran–CEO, Cracker Barrel

Paul Jacobson–CFO, Delta
Mike Lyons–Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Financial Services Group