Alumni Breakfast Series
Every year the Seidman Alumni Association extends complimentary invitations to Seidman Alumni, the University community, and the area business community to attend breakfast meetings featuring speakers on a variety of business-related topics. Anywhere between 100 and 200 individuals attend each breakfast, currently meeting in the Loosemore Auditorium.
March 27, 2013 Sir Ken Robinson
Topic: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
January 25, 2013 Colliers International and Seidman College of Business
Topic: 2013 West Michigan Economic & Real Estate Forecast
January 11, 2013 West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast
November 28, 2012
Seidman Alumni Association Breakfast Series with Sandy Baruah
President & CEO of The Detroit Regional Chamber
Topic: "The Rate of Change: Is Michigan Reaching for Sixth or Stuck in Second?"
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May 8, 2012, Seidman Alumni Assocation Breakfast with Birgit Klohs
Topic: "Advancing West Michigan's Economy - A Long-term Strategy for Growth"
April 10, 2012 - Business Ethics Dinner
January 18, 2012, Colliers International and Seidman College of Business
Topic: 2012 West Michigan Economic & Real Estate Forecast
September 14, 2011, Political Fallout: Impacts on Main Street and Wall Street
Panelists: Mitch Stapley, Erika King, Bob Roth, Sridhar Sundaram, and Paul Isely
May 10, 2011, Mark Murray, President/CEO of Meijer Inc.
Topic: Transformational Business Development
January 19, 2011, Colliers International and Seidman College of Business
Topic: 2011 West Michigan Economic & Real Estate Forecast
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January 6, 2011, Seidman College of Business and Alliance for Health and Health Professions
Topic: 2011 West Michigan Economic Health Care Economic Forecast
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September 29, 2010, Tim Selgo, Athletic Director, Grand Valley State University
Topic: Fundamentals for Successful Leadership
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May 11, 2010, Birgit Klohs, President of The Right Place, Inc.
Topic: Opportunities for West Michigan Business
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April 6, 2010, Financial Crisis & Proposed Regulatory Reform
Topic: Does it Address the Fundamental Problems?
January 15, 2010, Grubb & Ellis / Paramount Commerce
Topic: Economic / Real Estate Forecast 2010
October 30, 2009, Professor Bradley R. Schiller, University of Nevada, Reno
September 23, 2009, Thomas J. Haas, President, Grand Valley State University
Topic: GVSU…Minding Our Business for Your Business
May 12, 2009, Birgit Klohs, President of The Right Place, Inc.
Topic: Positioning West Michigan in the Era of Globalization
April 7, 2009, Stuart Diamond, The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business
Topic: Is Incompetence Unethical?
February 11, 2009, Economic Recovery Roundtable Discussion
Panelists: Mitch Stapley, Tom Ranville, Paul Isley, Jim Gillette, Dan Giedeman, Jeanne Englehart, Gregg Dimkoff, and John Balbach
February 2, 2009, Col. Clarke L. McGriff
January 16, 2009, Grubb & Ellis / Paramount Commerce
Topic: Economic / Real Estate Forecast 2009
November 11, 2008, Blake Krueger, CEO & President, Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
The Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture
Title: Global Leadership through Innovation
October 21, 2008, Kevin Holloway, President of Animal Agriculture at Monsanto in St. Louis.
Topic: Monsanto: The Business of Feeding the World
May 13, 2008, Birgit Klohs, President of The Right Place, Inc.
Topic: West Michigan - Thriving In A Challenging Economy
February 25, 2008, Dr. Barron Harvey, Dean, Howard University
Title: Why Celebrate Black History
November 7, 2007, Joe Papa, CEO and President, Perrigo
Topic: Meeting the World’s Growing Need for Quality, Affordable Healthcare Products?
May 10, 2007, Birgit Klohs, President, The Right Place, Inc.
Topic: The West Michigan Economy - Is There a Recipe for Success?
March 22, 2007, H. James Williams, Dean, Seidman College of Business
Topic: Competing in a Changing World: Business Education Matters!
October 18, 2006, L. William Seidman, Chairman, FDIC
Topic: What in the World Is Going On?
September 14, 2006, Paul Doyle
Topic: Go Beyond Compliance: Treat Privacy as a Business Issue and Gain a Competitive Advantage
May 16, 2006, Birgit Klohs, Right Place Program
Topic: West Michigan in the Global Economy
March 21, 2006, Rick Breon, CEO Spectrum.
Topic: Destination Health Care
November 16, 2005, Hank Meijer, Meijer, Inc.
Topic: Meijer in the New Normal
October 27, 2005, Mark Murray, President, Grand Valley State University
Topic: Higher Educations - Key to Strong Communities and a Strong Economy
September 15, 2005, Dave Van Andel, Van Andel Institute
Topic: VAI: The Present and Future Promise
March 22, 2005, Dan Griswold, Director, Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
February 9, 2005, Jeffrey W. Montie, Executive Vice President, Kellogg Company, and President Kellogg North America.
Topic: Winning in the Cereal Aisle.
February 25, 2005, George Heartwell, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids.
Topic: Sustainability in a Diverse Community.
November 9, 2004 Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State
Topic: An Update on Secretary of State Initiatives.
October 19, 2004 Fred Keller, Chairman/CEO of Cascade Engineering
Topic: Sustainable Business in West Michigan: A Vision Shared by the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council.
October 12, 2004 Phil Haan, Executive Vice President-International Sales & Information Services
Topic: Building a Global Route Network Through Alliances
September 16, 2004 Mark Cowan, Partner, Patten Boggs - Washington, D.C.
Michael Driver, Partner, Patten Boggs - Denver
Colonel John Garrett, Defense/Security Advisor, Patten Boggs - Washington, D.C.
Topic: An Insider's View of the Federal Sales Process
March 16, 2004 Ron Bee, Senior Analyst and Director of Development and Special Projects at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
Topic: Big Bombs and Big Questions, Weapons of Mass Destruction after 9/11
February 13, 2004 Ian Broede, Vice President of Business Development with Nokia
Topic: NOKIA, Culture, Values and Philosophy, How a company stays in business more than 135 years
January 27, 2004 Michael Faas, President and CEO of Metro Health
Topic: Field of Dreams...the everloving story of Metro Health Village
October 8, 2003 Michael Freed, Executive Vice President of Corporate Resources and Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Health
Topic: Defining Health Care Value
April 1, 2003 John Kamm, Executive Director Dui Hua Foundation
Topic: Business and Human Rights in China: Opening Markets, Opening Minds
February 26, 2003 Fred Keller, Chairman & CEO, Cascade Engineering
Topic: A Sustainable Business
January 15, 2003 James Dunlap, President of Huntington Bank
Topic: Changing the Company Culture
October 17, 2002 Doug DeVos, President of Alticor
Topic: Putting Your Values First
July 10, 2002 Dr. Cheng Enfu, Dean, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Topic: Economic Development of China and Business Prospects
June 10, 2002 Linda Fasulo, Journalist and UN Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Topic: The Effects of September 11th on US Foreign Policy in the Mideast.
April 17, 2002 Mitch Stapley, Vice President and Chief Fixed Income Officer, Fifth Third Bank
Topic: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?
January 10, 2002 Steve Van Andel, Chairman, Alticor, Inc.
Topic: Free Enterprise Does Not Live in a Building.
October 25, 2001 Ralph Acampora, Managing Director and Director of Technical Research, Prudential Securities, New York City
Topic: The Future of the U.S. Economy ("breakfast in the evening")
September 25, 2001 Richard Cook, CEO, X-Rite Inc.
Topic: The Power of Light
April 11, 2001 Dr. Cynthia Schneider, Ambassador of the United States to the Netherlands
Topic: Business Opportunities and Challenges in Life Science Industries
November 2, 2000 James P. Hackett, President and Chief Executive Officer and Director, Steelcase, Inc.
Topic: Overestimating the Arrival, Underestimating the Impact
May 12, 2000 Congressman Peter Hoekstra, Michigan's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives
Topic: Re-establishing a "rational" federal government
January 25, 2000 Michael Maibach, Vice President, Government Affairs, Intel Corporation
Topic: The Internet Revolution
October 13, 1999 Frederik Meijer
Topic: Things I Believe
March 23, 1999 Ayako Doi, Editor of Daily Japan Digest
Topic: Has the U.S. Lost a Valuable Regional Partner?
March 4, 1999 Ralph Acampora, Managing Director and Director of Technical Research for Prudential in New York
Topic: Stock Market Behavior
February 5, 1999 Derek Boothby, Retired Director of European Political Affairs for the United Nations
Topic: Global Change and Challenges
December 9, 1998 Paul Hillegonds, President of the Detroit Renaissance
Topic: Economic Development in Detroit and the Role of Detroit Renaissance
November 11, 1998 Mitch Stapley, Director of Fixed Income, Old Kent Bank
Topic: How to Take Advantage of Investment Opportunities Arising from the Crisis in Southeast Asia
March 17, 1998 Ben Barber, Washington Times, State Department Correspondent
Topic: Why Did the Asian Miracle Go Bad?
February 17, 1998 Sue Scharf, Director of Wellness Plus of Grand Rapids
Topic: Fueling a Passion for Health
January 12, 1998 Nancy Skinner, President of Nancy Skinner & Associates
Topic: Communicating Change - Sharing Tips and Tools for Enhancing Your Credibility as a Leader
December 3, 1997 Steve Van Andel, Chairman, Amway Corporation
October 15, 1997 Robert Virgil, General Partner of Edward Jones in St. Louis
Topic: Managerial Challenges in a Changing Economy
September 22, 1997 Art Cornwell, Business Consultant
Topic: How to Redesign Your Business for Tomorrow's Markets
June 19, 1997 Dr. Stefan Kwiatkowski, Professor with the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, Poland Dr. Bengt Johannisson, Professor from Sweden
May 8, 1997 Dean A. Peterson, Senior Commercial Office, Office of the U.S. Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Topic: Eastern European Opportunities for Investment
April 8, 1997 Gwen Lyle, International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Export Assistance Center in St. Louis, Missouri
Topic: Conditions and Challenges Faced in Trading with China
March 26, 1997 Thomas Andrew O'Keefe, President of Mercosur Consulting Group
Topic: Current Developments in the Mercosur Countries
December 3, 1996 Robert Cooper, President of Ameritech Michigan
Topic: The Communication Revolution's Impact on Business
October 22, 1996 Derek Kaufman, President and CEO of Diesel Technology
Topic: Technological Revolution
September 19, 1996 G. Allen Mebane, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee
Topic: The Fiber Industry
March 14, 1996 Joseph Stewart, Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Kellogg Company
Topic: Global Marketplace, Global Company, and Global Philosophy
February 1, 1996 Clare W. Zempel, Chair Economist and Chief Investment Strategist with Robert W. Baird & Co.
January 13, 1996 Nancy Skinner, President of Nancy Skinner & Associates
Topic: Enhancing Your Credibility as a Leader
January 5, 1996 Ralph Acampora, First Vice President and Director of Technical Research for Prudential Securities
Topic: The 1996 Market Outlook
December 1, 1995 Honorable John Logie, Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids
Topic: Agenda for the 21st Century
October 25, 1995 Roger Axtell, Retired Vice President of Worldwide Marketing with the Parker Pen Company
Topic: Do's and Taboos in Business and Travel
September 14, 1995 Larry Wachtel, Senior Vice President and Market Analyst at Prudential Securities
Topic: Wall Street Comes to Mainstreet
September 11, 1995 Mariano Pane, Italian Businessman and Entrepreneur
Topic: The Environment
April 26, 1995 U.S. Congressional Representatives: Vernon Ehlers, Peter Hoekstra, and Fred Upton
Topic: Question Panel
April 11, 1995 John Canepa, chairman and CEO of Old Kent Financial Corporation
Topic: West Michigan Economic Development and the New Arena
February 22, 1995 Upjohn Institute - George Erickcek, Senior Regional Analyst & Dr. Randall Eberts, Executive Director
Topic: The 1995 Employment Outlook for the Grand Rapids Area
January 19, 1995 Ralph Acampora, First Vice President and Director of Technical Research for Prudential Securities
Topic: Forecast '95
November 15, 1994 Adriaan Jacobovits, Ambassador from the Netherlands
Topic: What makes the Dutch Tick
October 4, 1994 Paul Tsongas, Senator
Topic: Concord Coalition
September 23, 1994 William Seidman, Consultant to Government and Business
Topic: Reflecting the past
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