Speaker Series

The Excellence in Leadership speaker series provides a platform for some of the nation's most recognized leaders to share their experiences, insight, and knowledge with our campus.  Learn from their unique experiences about what it means to be a leader.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle presents:

"Kickstarter: Empowering Entrepreneurs"

Johnny Cupcakes, founded by Johnny Earle, has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of world-wide collectors.  Johnny shares his story of growing up with a learning disability and explains how, at age 19, he took his t-shirt brand from the trunk of his rusty car to some of the world's most sought after retail locations.

Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.

Pruis Hall

Adam Braun presents: 

"The Importance of Being a Global Citizen"

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and Founder of "Pencils of Promise," an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools around the world.  As one of the nations leading speakers on purpose-based leadership and innovation, he has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative.  Adam empowers his audiences to discover their next big idea.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

Pruis Hall

Kamau Bell presents:

"The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour"

Through a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance, W. Kamau Bell offers a comedic, topical exploration of the impact of race on American culture and a humorously accurate portrayal of life in the so-called "post-racial" United States. Mr. Bell is an acclaimed comedian and satirist who offers political and social commentary with wit and perspective.

Monday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.

Pruis Hall


Past Speakers

Our past speakers have included business owners, journalists, philanthropists, activists, politicians, political advisors, athletes, coaches, lawyers, film producers, and even an Oscar nominee. Each speaker has shared a unique perspective on what it means to lead, and how students can strive to make an impact, now and in the future.