Speaker Series and Symposiums
2014/15 Academic Year
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.
2014 Mellem Business Symposium - Sport Business
Tuesday, October 7th, 2015
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Ripple Effect: the impact of governing bodies in sports
Gamble Hall Room 7
- Karl Goehring, Former Director of the Hockey Academy at UND, Assistant Coach Syracruse Crunch, Professional Hockey Player in the American Hockey League. Currently Investment Consultant with Alerus Securities.
- Kyle Kosior, Director of Player Development, Veritas Hockey
- Matt Striegel, NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor
- Kara Helmig, Associate Athletics Director, Compliance, University of North Dakota
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon: Dave St. Peter, President, MN Twins
Gorecki Alumni Center (INVITATION ONLY)
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion:
The Evolution of Facilities & Influence of Fan Engagement
Gamble Hall Room 7
- Mark Chipman, Owner of True North Sports and Entertainment
- Jody Hodgson, General Manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena
- Lonnie Laffen, JLG Architects
- Amanda Kosior, Director of Marketing, JLG Architects
For more information contact Laura Dvorak at email@example.com
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.
2014 Olafson Ethics Symposium
November 6, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom
Jordan Kassalow, Founder of VisionSpring; Social Entrepreneur; Global Healthcare Advisor
Dr. Jordan Kassalow is the co-chairman and founder of VisionSpring. He is also the founder of Scojo, New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International.
VisionSpring is a social enterprise that sells affordable eye glasses and vision care to populations the traditional market has neglected. VisionSpring trains local vision entrepreneurs to operate microfranchises, travelling from village to village conducting eye exams and selling glasses. They are the main recipient of Warby Parker's "buy one, give one" program and have delivered over 1.6 million glasses to bottom-of-the-pyramid communities.
Dr. Kassalow was recently named to Forbes Impact 30, a list of the world's leading Social Entrepreneurs and won Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership for Non-Profit Ventures: National Business Plan Competition for Non-Profit Organizations. In addition, last year, VisionSpring won Duke University's Social Innovation Award. His many credits and awards include: The World Bank 2003 Development Marketplace winner, inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, three-time winner in Fast Company's Social Capitalist Award, and a winner of the Clinton Global Initiative Award.
Dr. Kassalow has appeared on Brian Williams special segment "Making a Difference" on NBC's Nightly News, CBS News, ABC's Good Morning America and CNN and has lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, MIT, University of Michigan, Duke, and Oxford. Dr. Kassalow earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. He is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in Manhattan. Dr. Kassalow is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute
The Hultberg Lectureship Series was established twenty-seven 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.
2015 Hultberg Lectureship Series
Tuesday, February 10
More information coming soon!
Morrison Leadership Summit
The Morrison Leadership 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 and friends of the CoBPA who currently hold (or have previously held) leadership positions will be in attendance for the event. A number of students will be invited to participate in a Leadership Panel Discussion and Student Roundtable Discussions during a daytime event. In the evening, the public is invited to the Morrison Leadership Summit Keynote Presentation.
2015 Morrison Leadership Summit
Tuesday, April, 14th
More information coming soon!
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.