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Mellem Business Symposium
"Business of Law"
Deans' Day Lecture Series
Olafson Ethics Symposium
Keynote: Christopher Bauer
Hultberg Lectureship Series
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More information coming soon!
Speaker Series and Symposiums
Mellem Business Symposium
The Mellem Business Symposium is named in honor of College of Business and Public Administration alumni Ken and JoAnn Mellem. The Mellem Business Symposium supports the College of Business and Public Administration’s mission to teach students the necessary skills to excel in business, government, and society, while providing a forum to discuss timely topics with members of the regional community.
Mellem Business Symposium 2013
"The Business of Law" - In Partnership with UND School of Law
For the 2013 Mellem Business Symposium, the CoBPA will partner with the University of North Dakota School of Law on "The Business of Law."
The symposium will consist of a variety of discussions focused on the timely topics of "Business of Law."
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Schedule of Events - Gamble Hall 7
Panel 1: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Entrepreneurship & Law
Moderator: Brad Myers, UND Law School
Tom Kading, Owner Precision Properties
Ray Grabanski, President/Owner Progressive Ag
Tracy Kennedy, Attorney, Zimney Foster P.C.
Thomas Wentz Jr., Executive VP & COO, IRET
Pat Sogard, Chairman of Board, American State Bank and Trust Co.
Lecture 2: 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote: Al Royse, '72, '73, '76– Business Globalization, Retired Partner Deloitte & Touche
Facilitator: Christyne Vachon, UND School of Law
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.*
Keynote: Roger Royse, Attorney, Royse Law Firm, PC
Gorecki Alumni Center (Gransberg Community Room)
Panel 3: 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Business & The Regulatory Environment
Moderator: Dana Harsell, UND CoBPA
Jon Godfread, VP of Governmental Affairs at ND Chamber of Commerce
Bonnie Storbakken, ND Labor Commissioner
Al Olson, Former Governor of ND
Doug Christensen, Attorney, Pearson Christensen & Clapp, PLLP
For more information contact:
Laura Dvorak, Director of External Relations CoBPA
Olafson Ethics Symposium
The purpose of the Olafson Ethics Symposium is to provide a platform for students and the business community to explore the importance of both personal and professional ethics. This annual event is funded through the support of Robert Olafson and his dedication to ethical business practices and the University of North Dakota.
Olafson Ethics Symposium 2013
Featuring Keynote Ethics Speaker Christopher Bauer
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Keynote Presentation: Christopher Bauer (Gorecki Alumni Center)
Ethics expert and humorist Christopher Bauer brings a unique and fresh perspective to professional ethics. As a clinical psychologist, business owner, and business consultant, he has seen the decision-making process from every angle. With over twenty-five years in the field, he has seen what helps employees make the right decisions instead of the wrong ones and that is exactly where the rubber meets the road in ethics.
Dr. Bauer's humor-filled keynotes and seminars help audiences reduce their risk of ethics violations by providing them with easy but essential 'real-world' ideas and tools they can put into practice immediately. Rather than simply teaching the about ethics code or code of conduct, these programs are designed to give audiences the tools they need to really 'walk the talk' of great ethics. (And unlike so many other ethics programs, it seems, these programs are fun!)
Given the extraordinary cost of ethics problems, Dr. Bauer's ability to help your employees have fun while reducing their risk for ethics problems means a great return on your investment in having him speak.
Now more than ever, businesses and associations depend on everyone to make the right decisions where ethics are concerned and now you can bring in a speaker who can specifically address how to do so. Dr. Bauer has spoken to audiences from around the world and his fresh message is embraced wherever he goes.
In addition to speaking and consulting, Dr. Bauer publishes a "Weekly Ethics Thought" that is read by thousands of subscribers from around the globe and his latest book, "Better Ethics NOW: How To Avoid The Ethics Disaster You Never Saw Coming" has been a business 'Top Seller' on Amazon.com.
Whether for the boardroom, your managers and executives, or employees on the front lines, Dr. Bauer's lively, practical keynotes and seminars will both educate and motivate – all while helping your audience make better, more ethically attuned decisions all day, every day.
The Hultberg Lectureship Series was established twenty-six years ago with a gift through the UND Foundation by Clara E. Anderson (Hultberg) in memory of her parents Hans and Suzanne Hultberg. Clara was a 1928 UND graduate; her interests were in stimulating challenges and opportunities for students in business. Each year, successful women alumni from UND bring their professional experiences to the University community through this unique event.
The 2013 Hultberg Lectureship Series will be held on Tuesday, 5, 2013 at the University of North Dakota Campus. The event includes classroom visitations during the day and a panel discussion.
Hultberg Lectureship 2013
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Keynote Speaker (Gorecki Alumni Center)
Hultberg Lectureship History
Hans Hultberg was born and raised in Sweden. At the age of 27, Hans immigrated to this country in 1879 and homesteaded in Coleharbor, North Dakota, beginning in 1882. Susanna (Skaley) Hultberg was born in Russia. In 1885, at the age of three, she came to this country with her family. She was raised in Ashley, North Dakota and later homesteaded in Turtle Lake, North Dakota. Hans and Susanna Hultberg were married in 1904 and settled in Washburn, North Dakota, where they raised four children, Clara, Hilda, Agnes and Walfred. Hans and Susanna Hultberg placed a high priority on stressing the importance of education to their children. That persistence paid off as each of the children attended UND, with Clara receiving a degree from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928 and Hilda receiving a degree in education in 1929. Both Clara and Hilda were members of the local Delta Tau Sorority while attending UND. They were later initiated into the Delta Delta Delta Sorority on May 25, 1929, when the Theta Sigma chapter was established at UND.
This endowed lectureship is established because of the love and encouragement Clara received from her parents and her interest in stimulating both challenges and opportunities for women in business. The monies used to fund this lectureship are made available through a contribution of $10,000 from Clara E. Anderson. This contribution initially funds a gift annuity agreement between Clara E. Anderson and the UND Foundation. When this annuity was no longer in effect, an endowed account was established and the annual income is used to fund the Hultberg Lectureship.
Morrison CEO Summit
The Morrison CEO Summit has been established by a gift from McCain Foods, in honor of the company's former CEO, Dale Morrison. Morrison, a North Dakota native, is a distinguished alumnus of the CoBPA. He has more than three decades of experience within the international food industry. Morrison worked at General Foods, PepsiCo and Campbell Soup Company until 2004 when he became the President and CEO of McCain Foods. Notable alumni of the CoBPA who currently hold (or have previously held) CEO positions will be in attendance for the event. A number of students will be invited to participate in a CEO Panel Discussion and Student Roundtable CEO Discussions during a daytime event. In the evening, the public is invited to the Morrison CEO Summit Keynote Presentation.
CoBPA Morrison CEO Summit
Monday, April, 14th, 2014
Luncheon and Executive Leadership Panel Discussion
Keynote Presentation: Hal Gershman (Gorecki Alumni Center)
On-going Speakers Series
In an effort to provide additional services to the entrepreneurs on campus or in the Grand Forks community, the Center for Innovation offers a monthly Entrepreneur Forum. The forums cover a range of topics that entrepreneurs face when trying to launch a business and host numerous experts on entrepreneurship.