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The 2015 presentation will be Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room in the Nebraska Student Union. For more information contact Stacy Darveau at (308) 865-8342 or at darveausl@unk.edu. 

Honors Night

2013 CBT Honors Night - May 2, 2013

2012 CBT Honors Night - May 3, 2012

2011 CBT Honors Night - May 5, 2011

2010 CBT Honors Night - May 6, 2010

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The Journey from Undisciplined Ability to Enduring success and Happiness
Richard Salmen
Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence
October 2, 2014

Richard Salmen

In 1995 Richard Salmen started a small, independent financial planning practice and today he is a senior VP and Manger of Financial Planning Services at BOK Financial in Overland Park, KS. This is a team that manages $600 Million in assets for 350 clients. In 2009, as a national president of the 26,000 member Financial Planning Association, Mr. Salmen helped lawmakers draft new financial regulations after the 2008 banking crisis. He is also a former air traffic controller who retired in March 2013 after a twenty-five year career with the FAA. Mr. Salmen, a Creighton, NE native, came to Kearney State College on a three year Army ROTC scholarship in 1985 after serving as an Army private in Germany. In 1988, he graduated with a Business Administration and Airway Science degree. He holds an MBA from the University of Kansas where he was recognized as a Graduate Business Scholar.

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Biological Psychiatry Versus Empathy and Human Connection: How Psychiatric Drugs do More Harm than Good
Dr. Peter Breggin

Monday, Sept 15, 2014

Peter Breggin

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Peter R. Breggin MD is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at NIMH who has been called the "The Conscience of Psychiatry" for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. Since the 1970's he has provided medical expertise in hundreds of criminal, malpractice, and liability suits involving psychiatric drugs. His work provides the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs, and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies. His earliest reform efforts in the 1970's brought an almost complete stop to lobotomy in the Western World and in the 1990's prevented a eugenic federal project aimed at the nation's inner city children. His research and educational projects have brought about recent changes in the FDA-approved labels for dozens of psychiatric drugs.

In addition, he continues to organize resistance to the tragic psychiatric drugging of America's children. Dr. Breggin has authored dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books including the bestsellers Toxic Psychiatry and Talking Back to Prozac,and more recently Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. As a medical-legal expert who has testified before congress, Dr. Breggin has unprecedented and unique knowledge about how the pharmaceutical industry too often commits fraud in researching and marketing psychiatric drugs. From Time to the New York Times, his work has been cited innumerable times in worldwide media. He has appeared hundreds of times on TV from Oprah, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America to the O'Reilly Factor and Doug Kennedy on the Fox News Channel.

Ethics Day, March 3, 2014
Diann Cattani

Ms. Cattani shares her personal experience in an effort to emphasize the importance of ethics and leadership. She encourages introspection on personal responsibility and highlights the pitfalls of rationalization and its connection to self-deception in ethical dilemmas

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Marineau Conference, October 28 & 29, 2013
Can the Free Market Cure our Healthcare Ills?

Keynote: Healthcare's forgotten Individuals

Session: Is Health Care a Right?

Session: How Will the Affordable Care Act Influence Healthcare?

Session: Should We Use the Markets to Address End of Life Resource Use?

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Ethics Day, March 6, 2013
Bill Bauhard

Bill Bauhard is an Executive is experience in the financial services and telecommunication industries. Responsibilities have included all aspects of financial operations including financial reporting and analysis, planning and forecasting, acquisitions, strategic planning, accounting operations, budgeting, financial systems, treasury, taxes investments, internal auditing and deb and equity financing.

Grow or Die: A survival Guide to Professional and Personal Development
by Kirk Stinson, Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence - September 20, 2012

Kirk Stinson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1991 with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Stinson grew up in a retail family who owned and operated a local hardware store in Superior, Nebraska. Considering his family business background, it made sense that Stinson's first job out of college was a sales position with Black and Decker in the Kansas City region. Stinson was moved to the DEWALT/BLACK and DECKER Corporate Headquarters in Baltimore, MD to assume the Vice President of Sales and Marketing role. Recently, Stinson has been promoted within the company to assume the CEO role for the Stanley Security Division based in Indianapolis, IN. Stinson's brother, Mark, is also a Business Administration graduate from UNK and currently serves as the President of Exmark Manufacturing, Inc located in Beatrice, Nebraska.

The Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence program was created through the generosity of Jerry and Jeanne Taylor. Jerry Taylor is a KSC/UNK alumnus and former Senior Vice President and CFO for Applied Materials. Taylor chose to name the program after one of his favorite professor, Ron Landstrom, because of his profound respect and gratitude for the man who helped and inspired him as an undergraduate.

Ayn Rand's Free Market Revolution: Atlas Shrugged & The Morality of Capitalism
By Dr. Yaron Brook

(Part of the Morality of Capitalism Symposium - November 1 & 2, 2011)

Dr. Yaron Brook is President of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV programs. He is co-author of Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and a contributor to Winning the Unwinnable War: ;America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Brook is an internationally recognized speaker on individual rights, the causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he co-founded a financial advisory firm, BH Equity Research, of which he is presently managing director and chairman.

Identifying your Leadership Abilities...and Capabilities
by Distinguished Alum Robert L. Nielsen - April 22, 2010

Walking into your place as future business leaders of tomorrow requires taking steps today to identify individual strengths towards being an effective leader. This was part of the presentation by Distinguished UNK Alum Robert L. Nielsen, sponsored by the UNK Phi Beta Lambda student organization. His message to those present emphasized the need for strength based leadership and identifying individual strengths with excerpts from his experiences in the automotive, manufacturing, entertainment, and publishing industries.

Robert L. Nielsen, a 1963 UNK graduate with a degree in Business Education, was a managing partner of the Gallup Organization for twenty years and served as Gallup’s Healthcare Program leader. Through his global leadership in this position, he has been recognized for his expertise regarding employee engagement and its linkages to productivity, profitability, and patient and physician loyalty and employee retention.

Embracing the Forces of Change by Molly Murphy - March 9, 2010
(Part of the Female Business Executives Distinguished Speaker Series)

There are major changes facing today's leaders and businesses across the world. This discussion will explore the impacts of global market dynamics, transformation to a sustainable culture and the power of social networking/media. Great opportunities await the individuals who can differentiate themselves, their products and firm in this environment.

Presented by: Molly Murphy, EATON Corp.

As the OEM Sales Director, Mrs. Murphy has led OEM Sales in the United States for the last 4 years. In April she will be moving to Shanghai, China as the Vice-President of Sales Operations for Asia Pacific. She has over 14 years of experience with Eaton working in HR, and E-Business Venture and Channel before her current roles. Prior to her time with Eaton Mrs. Murphy worked for Marquette University as the Director for Family Businesses and as a Business School Professor focused on strategic planning and entrepreneurship.

Being an Agent of Change, Even at a Young Age - by Rebecca Kousky - April 6, 2010
(Part of the J.A. Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series)

Is being young an asset or liability to being an entrepreneur? Does it bring fresh-thinking and creative ideas? Or is it an obstacle, when more experience and greater knowledge would be more beneficial? Rebecca shared her experience in starting an international non-profit and how she has incorporated a unique microfinance model into that business. While in Kearney, Rebecca also was a guest on NTV’s The Good Life program, was the guest presenter at the American Democracy Project’s Times Talk in the Fireside Lounge and a guest speaker in the graduate level Marketing Management Seminar class for Dr. Srivatsa Seshadri. More information about Rebecca and Nest can be found on her website, http://www.buildanest.com