Wilkes University

Past Speakers - Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series

The Allan P. Kirby Center Lecture Series brings leading voices in free enterprise and entrepreneurship to the Wilkes University campus and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Past speakers include:

Jake Wood

Jake Wood

Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon

Steve Forbes 

Steve Forbes

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media


Allan West

Lt. Col. Allen West

Member of Congress

Mary Fisher

Michael Reagan
Son of President Ronald Reagan
Fox News Channel Commentator
NYT’s Bestselling Author/Syndicated Columnist



Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher
Author, artist, advocate,
and social entrepreneur




Cynthia Montgomery
Timken Professor of Business Administration
and Director of Research at Harvard Business School and author
“The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs”

 Jack uldrich

Jack Uldrich
Renowned global futurist and author
"Why Future Trends Will Demand Unlearning"

 Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg
Bestselling Author
Widely Syndicated Columnist

Linda Rottenburg

Linda Rottenberg
CEO and Co-founder 
of Endeavor
"Reclaiming the American Dream: 
Getting Back Our Entrepreneurial Spirit"

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Co-Host of CNBC's Squawk Box
"Too Big to Fail" 
Capitalism on the Brink
The Inside Story

Gary hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg
CEO - Stonyfield Farm
Chairman - Climate Counts
Win-Win: Why 'Good for All' will Save the Planet

Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky
Founder and CEO Terracycle Inc.  

Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza
Author and Political Analyst
Why America is Loved, 
Why America is Hated

Lawrence reed

Lawrence W. Reed
President of the Foundation 
for Economic Education

Walter Williams

Walter Williams
Economic/Political Commentator
The Legitimate Role of Government
in a Free Society

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas
Syndicated Political Commentator
Values and the Free 
Enterprise System

Kristopher Jones

Kristopher B. Jones
Former President and CEO Pepperjam

Ken Schmidt

Ken Schmidt
Former Director of Communications
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. 
 Make Some Noise,
Turning Around A Brand

Martin Eberhard

Martin Eberhard
Founder/Former CEO - Tesla Motors
Building a Culture of Innovation:
From E-Books to Electric
Cars to ???

J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts
Former Congressman
State of Oklahoma

Lillian Vernon

Lillian Vernon
Lillian Vernon Companies
A Conversation with Lillian Vernon

 Robert Novak

Robert Novak
Founding Commentator - CNN 
Election 2008 Overview

George Pataki

George Pataki
Governor - State of New York
National Cry for Political Leadership 

Polly LaBare

Polly LaBarre
Former Senior Editor
Fast Company Magazine
Mavericks at Work

Tom Scott

Tom Scott
Co-Founder and CEO
Nantucket Nectars and Plum TV
 The Journey of the Entrepreneurial Spirit

 John Stossel

John Stossel
Reporter - ABC
Free Enterprise and Its Enemies 

Andy McKelvey

Andy McKelvey
Owner - Monster.com
 How to Be an Entrepreneur

Jerry Greenfield

Jerry Greenfield
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
Social Responsibility, Radical
Business Philosophy & Free Ice Cream