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Other Lectures at Wilkes

The U.N. Lecture Series

The global perspectives of the United Nations come to Wilkes University through a collaborative program launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. Presented in partnership with the Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations, the program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students. Wilkes University is the only northeast Pennsylvania higher education institution participating in the program.


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Outstanding Leaders Forum

Leadership is the theme of the Outstanding Leaders Forum, Wilkes University’s premier event of the year. We take great pride in introducing the university and community to prominent leaders from a variety of backgrounds.


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Family Business Alliance

The Family Business Alliance mission is to become a trusted resource and provider of world class services committed in supporting, strengthening, empowering local family owned businesses. The FBA provides educational programs, networking, counsel and guidance; so that success is achieved for both the business and the family.


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The Gardner Educational Forum Series

Series co-founders Robert S. Gardner and Judith A. Gardner are members of the faculty in the Wilkes University Department of Education. According to Robert S. Gardner, he and his wife started the series as an outgrowth of their classroom teaching.

“It’s part of our philosophy of teaching that learning should not be confined to the classroom,” he explains. “We believe that these experiences offer opportunities to be other places and hear other voices. These are powerful experiences that help people understand what education can be.”

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The Grace Kimball Memorial Series

The Kimball Lecture Series is named for Grace Kimball, former professor of Microbiology at Wilkes. The Kimball lecturer is chosen by the Wilkes University Biology Department as a scientist who has distinguished themselves in evolutionary biology.


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The Catherine H. Bone Lecture Series

The Catherine H. Bone lecture in chemistry is hosted by the Wilkes University chemistry department and is made possible by the endowments left by Catherine H. Bone, who taught chemistry at Wilkes from 1946-1965.


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Ken Carbone Lecture

Fame, Fortune, Fun & Freedom: What Drives an Entrepreneur

Picture this: You’re just starting your career, you’re twenty-something with no experience but plenty of ambition. Are you built for corporate life? Do you need the security of a regular paycheck? Or do you “roll the dice” and go it alone?

At twenty-five, Ken Carbone took a giant leap of faith and started a business in New York City. Fear was his fuel and luck was on his side. Now almost forty years later, Ken along with his partners, continues to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship and its inevitable risks and rewards. His highly visual presentation demonstrates what it takes to collaborate with elite brands such as Mandarin Hotels, Credit Suisse and the Louvre Museum, sustain a successful business, and also enjoy doing it every single day.


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Stories of Success with Eric Allyn

Every family business member - no matter the generation - needs to hear Eric Allyn’s Board of Directors “Stories of Success” presentation. Eric will reveal exactly what it has taken for Welch Allyn, a 100% family-owned company in the medical device field with over 2,700 employees and revenue over $700M, to get where they are today while maintaining family harmony. From the difficulties of transitioning across generations to the “Family Swim Across Skaneateles Lake” event, you will hear it all. Eric’s presentation highlights just how important company culture and innovation have been throughout five generations of leadership. This is not just another succession story - this is a story of sacrifice and dedication to family while embracing the importance of “never let the family ruin the business.” Those CFBC members who have heard Eric’s story while at a national conference say this presentation should not be missed.

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