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August 25, 2000

Krannert invites public to business speakers' series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A baker's dozen of corporate leaders ranging from a manufacturing CEO to the president of a Wall Street organization that researches women's prospects in business will present their ideas to Purdue's Krannert School of Management students this fall.

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.

• Sept. 1 – D. Jerry Ehrlich, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Wabash National Corp., "Managing Growth."

• Sept. 8 – Vicky L. Bailey, president, PSI Energy, "The State of the Industry."

• Sept. 15 – Tom L. Hefner, chairman and chief executive officer, Duke-Weeks Realty Corp., "Six Years in the Life of a Public Company."

• Sept. 22 – Denis C. Picard, managing partner, Merger & Acquisition Risk Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, "Innovate, Don't Emulate."

• Sept. 29 – William E. Leftwich lll, deputy assistant secretary of defense for equal opportunity, U.S. Department of Defense, "Diversity, Equal Opportunity, Race Relations: Department of Defense Connecting with the President's Initiative on Race."

• Oct. 6 – Steven A. Webster, vice chairman of the board, R & B Falcon Corp., "The Past and Present ... A Career in the Energy Business."

• Oct. 13 – Sheila W. Wellington, president, Catalyst, "Leadership Redefined: Progress and Prospects of Women in Business."

• Oct. 20 – Thomas D. Weldon, co-founder and chairman, Novoste Corp.; co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer, The Innovation Factory, "It's a Good Thing That Entrepreneurs are Lousy at Math."

• Oct. 27 – Howard L. Lance, executive vice president, Emerson Electric Co., "Repositioning Into the New Economy."

• Nov. 3 – Thomas W. Steipp, president and chief executive officer, Symmetricom, Title to be Announced.

• Nov. 10 – Beth A. Brooke, partner and vice chair for strategy and development, Ernst & Young, "The Power of the Network Model ... and Where You Might Fit."

• Nov. 17 – Chuck G. Armstrong, president and chief executive officer, Seattle Mariners, "How Purdue Prepared Me to Run a Major League Baseball Team."

• Dec. 1 – William E. Bindley, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Bindley Western Industries Inc., "How 2+2 Equals 6 ... A Case Study."

Because the primary purpose of the lectures is educational, there are no photographs 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,

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

Tim Newton, (765), 496-7271,

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

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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