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Weidman Center Leadership Lectures

A unique opportunity for students, faculty and staff to gain insight into important leadership principles and to learn from respected leaders. All lectures are held in room 214 CTB.

Year: 2017

"The Essence of Leadership: Values, Vision, and Voice"

Bart Leininger, Principal Engineer, Ashworth Leininger Group

March 30, 2017

Bart Leininger is the Founder, Principal Engineer, and Chief Financial Officer of Ashworth Leininger Group (ALG), an environmental engineering and consulting firm located in Camarillo, California.  For more than 20 years, ALG has provided strategic environmental compliance and permitting services for a wide range of manufacturing and petrochemical operations throughout the United States. 

"Changing the World, Business Methods for Positive Global Impact"

Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, President, Global Health and Development, Becton, Dickinson and Company

March 2, 2017

Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a global medical technology company with over $12 billion in global revenues and 45,000 employees operating in 180 countries. He has served as an executive officer of the company since 1996.

Year: 2016

"The Adventure-Driven Approach"

Martin Frey, Managing Director, Mainsail Capital

November 10, 2016

Martin Frey, a successful business leader and active angel investor is the first person to climb the highest peaks on each continent and to sail the Seven Seas. Before setting off on this 11-year journey, Frey spent 33 years in the business world, working for Cisco and later as managing director of the Utah Govenor's Office of Economic Development. He graduated from BYU in mechanical engineering and from Harvard's Advanced Management Program.

"My Faithful Journey"

Angelica Gutierrez-Magness, Hydrologist and Coordinator for International Activities, NOAA Office of Water Prediction

October 20, 2016

Angelica, a native Colombian, is a watershed hydrologist with 20+ years of experience in the fields of hydrological and water quality modeling and uncertainty analyses. She provides leadership and coordination of the AmeriGEOSS Initiative led by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Principals of the 16-country members in the Americas and is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lead for the Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLoWS) initiative.


"The Power of Councils"

Leadership Lecture: Kevin J Worthen, President, Brigham Young University

March 24, 2016

Kevin J Worthen, is the 13th president of Brigham Young University. From 2004 to 2008, he served as dean of the Law School before being named BYU's advancement vice president, in which role he oversaw such areas as athletics, BYU Broadcasting, LDS Philanthropies, alumni, and communications. The Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law, Worthen specializes in federal Indian law and the rights of indigenous peoples.

"Why Every Engineer Must be a Data Scientist"

Clayton Patch, Clayton Patch

March 3, 2016

As part of the IM Flash Technologies startup team, Clayton Patch helped IM Flash achieve one of the world's fastest semiconductor startups to date. The IM Flash joint venture has become an industry leader and holds three UBM TechInsights Awards, the highest recognized industry award for semiconductor products. Clayton holds a BS degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from BYU. While attending BYU, Clayton was a two time All American in Track and Field.

"Entrepreneurial Leadership - Leading Innovation and Change"

Leadership Lecture: Tom Ingersoll, Commercial Aerospace Entrepreneur

February 18, 2016

Tom Ingersoll is a commercial aerospace entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the space and communications industry. Most recently he was CEO of Skybox Imaging, leading the company from concept development through the build and launch of two high-resolution imaging satellites.

Year: 2015

"Leading from Within"

Gerard P. Kilcommins, Vice President of Worldwide Vascular Operations, Medtronic

November 19, 2015

Gerry has held various engineering and operations roles and has over 25 years experience working in the healthcare industry. He holds responsibility for manufacturing operations and supply chain at 9 global locations spanning Ireland, Italy, the US and Mexico.  Gerry is based at the Medtronic site in Galway, Ireland, where he is also the General Manager.  Globally, there are around 9,000 talented employees within Gerry’s operations network.     

"Leading Development of Ground-Breaking Products"

Brad Dolbin, Vice President and General Manager, Global Motion, ElectroCraft Inc.

October 15, 2015

Brad led the development of power electronics and motion control solutions for over 20 years. He has held positions in engineering at Rockwell International, working on the International Space Station Power System, and in engineering management at Advanced Motion Controls. He joined ElectroCraft in July 2011 to develop ElectroCraft's worldwide drive electronics business.