This winter session, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business is connecting students and business executives in an exciting new way through the Ivy Seminar Series for Emerging Leaders—a five-part webinar that gives students access to C-suite executives.  

The program is co-directed by Director of Business Career Services, Kathy Wieland, and Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics, Wei Zhang. 

“It’s an opportunity for students to learn more about leadership, and to engage in discussion with other students and Ivy faculty and staff,” said Wieland. “It’s a tremendous opportunity.” 

Over the course of five weeks, leading business and non-profit executives will share their thoughts on leadership with a select group of Ivy students, ranging from first-year pre-business students to graduate students. Application to the program was open to all Ivy students, and 24 high-potential students were invited to participate. The seminar will take place weekly over Zoom and features the following lineup:  

  • Balan Nair (‘89 electrical engineering, ‘94 MBA), president, CEO, and director of Liberty Latin America, will discuss Leading Through a Setback or Challenge
  • Dan Houston (‘84 marketing), chairman, president, and CEO of Principal Financial Group will discuss the Balance between Proactive and Aggressive Leadership
  • Mike McBreen (‘88, chemical engineering), chief operating officer at Rad Power Bikes will talk about Failing Forward 
  • Ann Madden Rice (‘79 accounting), president of Allina Health System, will discuss Leadership in Healthcare in a Pandemic
  • Michelle Book (‘83 accounting), president and CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa, will present Leading Through High Change

The sessions begin on December 18. 

The following Ivy students were selected to participate in the Ivy Seminar Series for Emerging Leaders: 

Ross Ackerman, Sanjana Addagarla, Erik Best, Madison Boehlke, Daniel Boehm, Ellie Braksiek, Justin Brtek, Natalie Callaghan, Jeffrey Crafton, Rebecca Johnson, Rachel Junck, Emily Matulac, Claire McLoone, Michelle Nguyen, Jori Nieman, David Francisco Pena-Medina, Cole Petersen, Mackenzie Rice, Andrew Ritchie, Cole Schippers, Rachel Shepherd, Aditya Verma, Benjamin Wagner, and David Wahl