Centennial Speaker Series

Centennial Speaker Series

In celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2021, the McIntire School proudly presents the Centennial Speaker Series, thought-provoking keynotes and conversations featuring visionaries in business—and beyond. Representing a wide range of industries across private and public sectors, the series offers relevant and insightful perspectives at the intersection of leadership and business. Speakers reflect the rich diversity of the McIntire learning community and the rapidly changing global business landscape.

Past Events

Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner

Hundreds of students and community members in Old Cabell Hall Oct. 18, 2019, got a courtside seat to the business of professional athletics as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver visited the University of Virginia for the McIntire School’s Fall Forum, “The Business of Sports.” During the keynote conversation, Silver discussed the sport’s global growth with Dean Carl Zeithaml, as well as the keys to success, including the ability for the best talent to cross borders around the world, the willingness to embrace new technology rather than fight it, and the importance of being transparent and being a good listener.


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John Chambers, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Cisco Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures

Widely recognized as an innovator and luminary in his industry, John Chambers shared his expertise and leadership lessons in an online installment of the Commerce School’s Centennial Speaker Series. Featuring an inspirational conversation between visionary leader Chambers and digital media entrepreneur Rebecca Weeks Watson (McIntire '01), the webinar provided a rare talk with one of the world’s most impactful CEOs and tech trendsetters. Revisiting some of the most significant moments of his storied career, Chambers offered an enlightening reflection on his vast experience with the entire McIntire community.


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Margot Lee Shetterly

Best-selling author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, Margot Lee Shetterly, and her inspiring work as a writer were the focus of an insightful conversation in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall Auditorium March 26, 2019. A Visiting Scholar to both the Schools of Commerce and Engineering, Shetterly spoke in a candid discussion with fellow alumna Heidi Connal (McIntire '94), Managing Partner at Vast Sky Leadership, about how her Commerce School background has served her throughout an unpredictable career that led to success in fields beyond her early professional days on Wall Street.


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