Speaker Series

Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series

The presentations listed here are made possible by the J.A. Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series Fund. This is an endowed gift given to the University Foundation to promote the benefits of the free enterprise system among students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the public. Its intention is to provide an exchange of ideas through seminars, forums, and special appearances of outstanding spokespersons from the world of business, industry and finance.

Next Speaker: TBA

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Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Kearney State College offered the first business administration degree in 1963. Since then, thousands of students have received an excellent education in our business and technology programs. Most have gone on to productive careers in far-ranging fields, some have reached the highest levels of achievement in their professional endeavors. This award, initiated in 2012 recognized these highest achievers.

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2018 - Judy Altmaier

2017 - Paul Younes

2016 - Robert A. "Bob" Phares

2015 - Karen Rhoads

2014 - Wayne McKinney

2013 - Kenneth Kroeker

2012 - Dennis Nelson

Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence Program

The Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence Program brings successful business executives to the University of Nebraska Kearney campus to talk with students in the College of Business & Technology regarding "best business practices" as well as their personal career paths and lessons learned. Typically, the executive engages students in several classes, makes a campus presentation on their area of expertise, and participates in a session with the CBT Student Advisory Board and faculty, as well as participating in a networking opportunity with the Business Advisory Board. This program was created as a result of a generous financial gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Jerry Taylor, KSC/UNK alumnus and former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Applied Materials, and his wife, Jeanne. Taylor chose to name the program after one of his favorite business professors, Ron Landstrom, because of his profound respect and gratitude toward the man who helped and inspired him as an undergraduate.

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Ethics Day

Ethics Day was the inspiration of Bill Bauhard in the spring of 2013, UNK Alum who had a desire to emphasize Ethics one day a year at UNK in the College of Business and Technology. The Ethics Day celebration expanded all UNK in the spring 2015. Bill Bauhard is an Executive with 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 debit and equity financing. Bill was the first Ethics Day speaker on March 6, 2013.

Diann Cattani - March 3, 2014: Ms. Cattani shares her personal experience in an effort to emphasize the importance of ethics and leadership. She encourages introspection on personal responsibility and highlight the pitfalls of rationalization and its connection to self-deception in ethical dilemmas. Event Flyer.

Cynthia Cooper - March 2, 2015: Developing strong leaders and building solid ethical foundations are critical elements to driving long-term sustainable success. Cynthia Cooper has been a featured speaker at Universities and businesses throughout the U.S. She's an expert in ethics, leadership development, risk management and more providing training and consultation in professional settings. She and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom, to date one of the largest corporate frauds in history. Cynthia was named one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2002. Event Flyer.

Aaron Beam - March 7, 2017:  Mr. Beam, former CFO of HealthSouth, will share the HealthSouth story - explaining why corporate frauds, such as the one at HealthSouth, happen.  He outlines in detail who the players are, how they participate, and why.  Mr. Beam will also discuss useful examples for developing strong ethical character and how to improve the integrity of your company.  Event Flyer.

Marineau Symposium

John C. Marienau Morality of Capitalism Symposium
Human Trafficking:  Can Free Markets Free People?
Monday & Tuesday, April 9 & 10, 2018
Ponderosa Room, Nebraskan Student Union
Monday, April 9, 2018
9:05 - 9:55 am Presentation Bringing the problem to light:  The Importance of Education to fight human trafficking.
Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Professor, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
10:00 - 11:00  am Student Poster Session
11:15 - 12:05 pm Presentation

The Economics of Human Trafficking
Dr. Jennifer Bossard, Associate Professor, Doane University, Crete, NE

(invitation only)
Luncheon Speaker

Parents as Perpetrators:  Intergenerational Issues in Human Trafficking
Dr. Rochelle Dalla, UNL Professor, human trafficking research and journal

1:25 - 2:15 pm  Panel Presentation

Law Enforcement

  • Jim Davis, UNK Police Chief
  • Dan Warrington, Investigator, Kearney Police Department
  • Tony Kavan, Nebraska State Patrol
3:00 - 4:00 pm Informal Meetings

Media, student-presenter conversations

7:00 pm Keynote Presentation Kristin Wiebe, JD
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9:30 - 10:45 am Panel Presentation Nebraska Taskforce on Human Trafficking
  • Federico Vincente, Salvation Army
  • Alicia Webber, Salvation Army
  • Glen Parks, Nebraska Attorney General's Office
11:00 - 12:15 pm Presentation Survivors Perspective
Leticia Bonifas, Founder/Executive Director of Human Trafficking
Member of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Taskforce
(invitation only)
Luncheon Speaker Dr. Shireen Rajaram, Associate Professor, UNMC, Omaha, NE


Past Symposiums:

Morality of Capitalism Symposium: Sustainable Agriculture versus Industrial Agriculture - March 30, 2016

Can the Free Market Cure Our Healthcare Ills? - October 28 & 29, 2013

Morality of Capitalism Symposium - November 1 & 2, 2011