CEO Forum Education Initiative

What is the CEO Forum Education Initiative?

The Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership CEO Forum brings top entrepreneurs to campus each year to speak to University of Saint Francis students and the local business community. In 2011, we began an effort to expand the insight and wisdom shared by these accomplished CEOs to high schools, where young entrepreneurial talent is naturally taking shape.

Keynote Speaker Videos

The 2013 CEO Forum examined methods entrepreneurs and business people can use to expand their businesses and grow sales. A panel of business leaders addressed the issues using their own companies as examples, then engaged in informal discussion, and closed out the event by opening up topics with the audience. Panel members, who stressed that entrepreneurial growth means learning how to do commerce outside of the traditional market area, either by globalizing, expanding into larger metropolitan areas or delivering online, included Scott Glaze, CEO of Fort Wayne Metals; Maciek Szaferski, representative of EDM Products Direct; and Lori Berndt, president of The Olive Twist.

The 2012 CEO Forum presented Mike Robinson, vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs for General Motors. One of his major responsibilities is moving GM to the forefront of companies that are known for their proactive efforts in the areas of environmental and social responsibility. Prior to his current position Mike was vice president and general counsel of GM North America. In addition, he has served as managing attorney for the company’s environmental practice area. He is on a number of boards, including the executive committee of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the board of directors for Safe Kids Worldwide and the GM Foundation.

The 2011 CEO Forum featured Culver’s co-founder and CEO, Craig Culver. Students heard firsthand about the humble beginnings of the national restaurant chain that now boasts more than 440 stores. Craig Culver’s account of his small-town success story revealed how he thinks, what he worries about and what challenges he faced along the way. It was not a smooth path to success, but his family-owned business survived due, in large part, to his guiding principles: “Don’t do something just for money. Do it for love. Do it for passion. Do it for happiness.”

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