Presidential Lecture Series

The Presidential Lecture Series unites Purdue students and the broader community with some of the top thinkers of our time. This is a space where our highest values – open discussion and diverse representation of thought – come to life. We hope you’ll join us!

Shedding Setbacks and Achieving RealReal Success

Julie Wainwright

Tuesday, March 29

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No one understands market timing better than Purdue alumna Julie Wainwright. Less than a year after going public, her company Pets.com went out of business. Undeterred, her persistence led to the creation of The RealReal, a luxury consignment business with a focus on sustainability that went public in 2019. Wainwright became a Wall Street star as one of just 22 women in history to found and see a company through an initial public offering. In 2021, she was named to Forbes’ inaugural 50 over 50 list. This event is free and open to the public.

The President’s Council is the giving society for Purdue’s most generous donors, who support the University in its persistent pursuit of the next giant leap. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the President’s Council is proud to sponsor the 2022 Presidential Lecture Series.

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The Story of the Presidential Lecture Series

Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series exposes Purdue students and the broader community to inspiring ideas, courageous leadership and models of civic engagement and civil discourse. The Presidential Lecture Series has hosted some of the great intellectual, business and civic leaders of our time. As one of the world’s leading centers of scholarly leadership, it is appropriate and necessary that Purdue be a regular venue for great thinkers across a wide variety of disciplines.

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The Presidential Lecture Series aims to increase the intellectual traffic flow through campus for the benefit of Purdue faculty, students and alumni, but also the broader community around us.

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

President, Purdue University

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