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August 22, 2002

Krannert School invites public to business speakers' series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A baker's dozen of corporate leaders, including CEOs, COOs, consultants, presidents and principals, will present their ideas to Purdue University's Krannert School of Management MBA students this fall.

Richard A. Cosier

Business leaders have been coming to campus since 1973 as part of Krannert's Executive Forum. The series is actually part of a class coordinated by Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"We bring top-level executives in to talk to our students," Cosier said. "They also meet with small groups of both graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty members. The Krannert Executive Forum provides an excellent meeting ground for academe and business."

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday in the Krannert Building Auditorium and is free and open to the public as seating permits.

Dates, scheduled speakers and topics are:

• Aug. 30 – Carrie Campbell, consultant, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Chicago. "Next Stop: Reality."

• Sept. 6 – Peter Crosbie, managing director, president and COO, KMV Corp., San Francisco. "Learning to Lead."

• Sept. 13 – Mike Needham, global account manager, Hewlett-Packard Co., Dearborn, Mich. "So, Who Doesn't Think They're in Sales?"

• Sept. 20 – Jeff Smulyan, president and CEO, Emmis Publishing, Indianapolis. "Why 'Win at all Cost' is a Losing Proposition: Creating Value Without Sacrificing Values."

• Sept. 27 – Eric Korb, principal, deBizness LLC, Warren, N.J. "What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur."

• Oct. 4 – Barbara Branic, regional president, Greater Indianapolis Union Planters Bank, Indianapolis. "What's on Your Billboard?"

• Oct. 11 – David Harris, executive vice president, American Specialty Companies Inc., Roanoke, Ind. "The Cost of Risk: Would You Insure Mike Tyson?"

• Oct. 18 – Marshall Larsen, president and COO, BF Goodrich Co., Charlotte, N.C. "The Real Bottom Line."

• Oct. 25 – Ana McCune van de Velde, executive vice president, Automotive Strategy; owner/partner, Metro Ventures Inc. and Paradies-Metro Ventures Inc., Detroit. "Unconventional Wisdom: Strategies for Success in a Changing Business Climate."

• Nov. 1 – Jack Ross, director, Hoosier Lottery, Indianapolis. "Want to Know the Winning Indiana Lottery Numbers? Get the Insiders Information from the Lottery Director!"

• Nov. 8 – Carson Woods, director of client services, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus, Ohio. "How to Launch an NHL Team."

• Nov. 15 – Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, president and CEO, Perishables Group International, Atlanta, Ga. "Choosing the Entrepreneurial Route with a Balanced Life."

• Nov. 22 – Thomas Ribar, president, and Mark W. Boettcher, principal, Management Solutions International, Cedarburg, Wis. "The Business You Think You Are In Is Not the Business You Are In!"

Writer: J.Michael Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Tim Newton, (765), 496-7271,

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Speaker biographies

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Because the primary purpose of the lectures is educational, there is no photography or videotaping permitted during the presentations. Journalists wishing to cover individual presentations can arrange to interview and photograph lecturers by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271,

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