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. College lectures are located in 140 Joseph Smith Building.

Year: 2016

"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.

John A. Bunting

"Leadership Begins with You"

John A. Bunting, Founder and former CEO of Precorp, Inc.

March 19, 2015

In 1979 John joined with Louis Pope and Dr. Bill J. Pope and others in the startup of US Synthetic, a company involved in Ultra High Pressure Synthesis. His work at US Synthetic, among other things, led to the invention of the polycrystalline (PCD) veined drill technology and the formation of Precorp, Inc. which grew into a world leading cutting tool company with operations in Utah, Michigan, South Carolina and Germany.

"Legos of Leadership - Enabling Purpose Driven Change"

Richard Ji, Vice President of Infusion Therapy Systems / Site Leader (Sandy, UT), Becton, Dickinson and Company

February 19, 2015

Richard has progressive leadership experience with BD in manufacturing engineering, operations management, and commercial roles where he has established a track record of building and leading high performance teams who deliver strong results.  He has global responsibility for the Infusion Therapy Business, which is a significant portion of the $2.3 billion Medical Surgical Unit.  The Sandy site is home to about 1,000 associates in manufacturing, marketing, R&D, and other functions.

Year: 2014

"You May be Leading, but Who is Following?"

Layne Webb, General Manager, Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

November 20, 2014

Layne has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility supporting almost all aspects of operations at Alcon Laboratories.  Alcon is the world’s leading eye-care company and the second largest division of Novartis, a global pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $USD 58 Billion.

"The Law of Vision"

Rob Galloway, President, US Synthetic

October 23, 2014

During his tenure at US Synthetic, Galloway has served in multiple leadership positions as vice president of operations, production manager, research and development engineer, and customer manager.  He also founded and managed Sundance Diamonds, US Synthetic's gem diamond business division.

"Positive Personal Leadership"

Dane L. Parker, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities Dell, Inc.

September 18, 2014

Dane is responsible for all aspects of Dell’s global footprint of over 20 million sq. ft. in more than 300 buildings across 67 countries.  His responsibilities include operations and engineering, real estate, construction, site selection and development, sustainability and environment, and health and safety. 


"Manufacturing Leadership: Effecting Change in a Large Multinational Environment"

J. Greg Renfro, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Strategy, National Oilwell Varco

March 20, 2014

With 35 years of experience in the design, development and production of oilfield equipment worldwide, Greg Renfro is an expert in manufacturing strategy. Greg has served in many leadership positions for National Oilwell Varco, a company of 20,000 employees and over $10 billion in revenue, and has three US patents on the design of machinery.

"10 Leadership Lessons to Motivate and Inspire You to Your Greatest Potential"

Vance Checketts, Vice President & General Manager, EMC Corporation

February 27, 2014

Under Vance's leadership, local operations have exceeded expectations for growth and delivery of real value for EMC and their customers. Vance has been with EMC since 2007, when EMC acquired Mozy. As the COO of Mozy, Vance helped drive triple-digit revenue growth and a significant transformation of cloud operations, security & customer service functions.