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: 2014

"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.

"Engineering Human Performance & Results"

Roger Connors, CEO, Partners In Leadership

January 16, 2014

Recognized as the worldwide experts on the topic of workplace accountability, Roger Connors and his partner Tom Smith have trained hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries and with the many of the most influential businesses worldwide.

Year: 2013
Joseph Grenny

"Crucial Conversations for Leader Success"

Joseph Grenny, Cochairman, Cofounder - VitalSmarts

November 21, 2013

Coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Change Anything. Over the past twenty-five years, he has taught and advised thousands of leaders on every major continent from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. He has advised CEOs and senior executives on more than a dozen major change initiatives - receiving credit from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' President as a key factor in helping the organization win the $200 billion Joint Strike Fighter program.


"The Importance and Challenges of Ethical Leadership"

Mary Peery, President - Mary Peery & Associates

October 17, 2013

Mary is currently the President of her own consulting business with a focus on leadership for senior executives.  She was previously a senior VP at Hewlett Packard for 22 years, where she successfully led a significant transformation program, and oversaw two key growth opportunities for HP in digital imaging and digital publishing.


"Learning While Leading"

John Warren, Vice President of Strategic Business Solutions - IPS Learning

September 19, 2013

With 30 years of experience in program and project management, John has designed and facilitated strategic planning and strategy mapping for many clients througout the world including Hewlett-Packard, Google, L3 Communications, Capital One, Barclays, Kaiser Permanente, and the Library of Congress. In addition to his role as Vice President of Strategic Business Solutions for IPS learning John also serves on the Faculty for the Stanford Center for Professional Development.


"Leadership: Creating an Atmosphere of Awesome"

Amy Rees Anderson, Founder and Managing Partner - Rees Capital

March 14, 2013

Amy Rees Anderson is the founder and managing partner for Rees Capital, a mentoring and angel investing firm. She has been featured in a half-dozen national publications, is an in-demand public speaker, and teaches entrepreneurship courses at a number of universities. Prior to her current role and under her leadership as CEO of MediConnect Global, the company grew over 1500 percent and was sold this past year for $377 million.

"Discovering the Future Leader Within You"

Matt Smith, Vice President of Manufacturing - BD Medical

February 21, 2013

Matt Smith has strategic and operational leadership responsibilities for medical device manufacturing facilities in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and the USA for Becton Dickinson, a $7.7 billion medical technology company. Smith has also worked for Danaher Corporation and CareFusion Corporation in various leadership positions. Smith’s career has taken him to many locations within the USA, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

"Leadership in an Ever Changing World"

John Prows, Vice President Corporate Engineering and Operational Excellence - Huntsman Corporation

January 17, 2013

John B. Prows has global responsibility for engineering, manufacturing excellence and six sigma energy optimization for Huntsman Corporation, an $11 billion differentiated chemicals company. He has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia. Both at Huntsman Corporation and in his previous position at DuPont, Prows has become an expert in international engineering and manufacturing.

Year: 2012

"Global Competence Begins with Emotional Intelligence"

S. Max Brown, Vice President Leadership Initiatives - Rideau

November 15, 2012

Over the last ten years, Max Brown has made over 1,000 presentations in locations all around the world, including Athens, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York and Paris. With his experience in leadership training, speaking and facilitating, Max brings a global perspective to the challenge of leading and motivating people.