2010-2011 Events

Conversation Series with Mary Jo Hudson

September 17, 2010

Director of the Department of Insurance, Mary Jo Hudson joins PLL Students to chat about leadership lessons.  Hudson was appointed to Governor Ted Strickland’s cabinet in December of 2006, and since that time has lead the Department of Insurance to make great strides in protecting insurance consumers and promoting a healthy insurance market.  Prior to her appointment, Director Hudson served on Columbus City Council from 2004 to 2006.  Director Hudson also practiced law for eighteen years, working in a private firm setting, at the Ohio Department of Insurance, and as General Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator.


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October 1, 2010 Devora Zack, president of Only Connect Consulting and nationally recognized expert in leadership development, taught participants skills that all great leaders need: effective communication to best present oneself to others and the ability to develop connections and network effectively.

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October 12, 2010 Bruce Lazear ’84, Founder and Principal, Lazear Capital Partners, Ltd.engaged with a small group of leadership students in October of 2010. Mr. Lazear has extensive Merger and Acquisition experience, including the negotiation and documentation of hundreds of transactions. He has led buy side, sell side and Management Buyout transactions for over 25 years.

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November 8, 2010 The Program on Law and Leadership featured a special lecture by Professor Peter Swire, who served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Leadership students heard Professor Swire talk about his time spent in the administration, and learned what happens behind the scenes in the Obama Administration.

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January 19, 2011 Mr. Miller is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at American Electric Power. He is responsible for all corporate legal affairs and supervision of AEP’s Legal Department. Miller joined AEP in 1995 as chief counsel – Fuel Supply. He was named chief counsel – Power Generations & Litigation in 1996 and deputy general counsel […]

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January 26, 2011  Amy D. Klaben is the President/CEO of Columbus Housing Partnership, Inc. and is responsible for the management and delivery of its Homeport programs. Ms. Klaben oversees the development and implementation of all new construction and rehabilitation of single- and multi-family rental housing and homeownership projects; the homebuyer education and economic literacy programs, including down-payment assistance […]

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February 23, 2011 Matthew Shay became President and CEO of the National Retail Federation in May 2010. As top executive of the world’s largest retail trade association, he serves as the chief advocate for an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generate $2.3 trillion in annual sales. Beyond U.S. […]

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March 3, 2011 Leadership students learned invaluable skills from Professor Sarah Cole at this exciting Leadership Skills Workshop. This hands-on workshop instructed students how to facilitate group decision making and run an effective meeting.

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March 9, 2011 Mr. Briggs is the President of the GAR Foundation and chairman emeritus and former CEO of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP. He became a Knight Foundation Trustee in June 2002 and was elected Chair in 2010. An active member of the Akron community who has served with numerous organizations over the years, Rob is currently […]

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March 31, 2011 Mr. Jemison recently retired from a long career at Proctor & Gamble. He was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer before he retired in 2010. He served overseas as General Counsel for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2003-2005. He is very active with Moritz College and serves on the National Council […]

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April 11, 2011  The Program on Law and Leadership collaborated with the Fisher College of Business to welcome former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (MD) as part of its Speaker Series in April, 2011. In his over 35 years in Congress, Sarbanes was a leader, statesman, and active legislator. He introduced the First Article of Impeachment of Richard Nixon, […]