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As part of a commitment to experiential learning, the Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to present an ongoing series of speakers on engineering and leadership topics. Keep this page bookmarked for upcoming events, as well as updates on future speaker appearances! Past events in this series have been co-sponsored by a variety of CU-Boulder departments and groups, including the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Leeds School of Business, Newton Leadership Chair, Colorado Law, and affiliated programs.

Students enrolled in the Engineering Leadership Program may include Leadership Speaker Series events as a leadership seminar in their leadership portfolio.

Scott Donnelly 
Thursday, Oct.23, 2014 5:30PM-6:30PM ECCR 1B40

What can leaders do to encourage innovation? Hire great people, give them the tools to succeed and then get out of their way. That’s the philosophy of Scott Donnelly, the president & CEO of Textron Inc. and CU alumnus. As the head of a Fortune 500 company with $12.1 billion in revenues that designs and delivers business jets, helicopters, unmanned vehicles and gas-hybrid vehicles, to name a few, Mr. Donnelly has a laser focus on driving innovation with game-changing products that meet the needs of their commercial and military customers.

Mr. Donnelly will talk about leading Textron’s culture of innovation: Highly-focused teams across different functions that are developing new products like the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter, the Cessna Citation Latitude business jet and the Scorpion fighter jet – and bringing them to market faster than ever before. 

A 1984 graduate of CU with a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering, Mr. Donnelly joined Textron in 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had previously been with General Electric (GE) for 19 years, last serving as president and CEO of GE Aviation, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft and a major provider of flight management, actuation and power management systems. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and director of GE Global Research, the largest and most diversified industrial research organization in the world. 

As the head of Textron, Mr. Donnelly leads 32,000 employees in 25 locations around the world. Textron is known for globally recognized brands such as Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems, TRU Simulation + Training, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Jacobsen and Kautex. 

Past Leadership Speaker Series Events

David Tarver
Anatomy of a Tech Start-up, Surfing the Waves of Technology and Culture

David Tarver is a successful technology business executive with an amazing entrepreneurial journey through Corporate R&D, tech start-up and social entrepreneurship. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

James L Gallogy

James L. (Jim) Gallogly is CEO of LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturing and refining companies. LyondellBasell operates from 58 manufacturing sites in 18 different countries, with annual revenues of $42 billion. Thursday, April 24, 2014

James Truchard
"Preparing Students for
21st-Century Design Challenges"

As one of Forbes’ America’s Favorite Bosses, Dr. James Truchard - commonly known around National Instruments as Dr. T - led the company from a three-man team to a multinational organization of more than 7,000, and maintains an entrepreneurial mindset in the company. 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Norman Augustine
"Engineering the Leader"

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., Former Under Secretary of the Army, and Chairman of the 2009 Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee. Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Honorable Federico F. Peña
"Achieving U.S. Energy Independence In Our Lifetime"

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton Administration, and 40th Mayor of Denver
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dr. Paul Polak
"Leadership, Engineering and Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail"

Author of "Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Methods Fail" and co-founder and CEO of Windhorse International. Tuesday, March 4, 2013

Travis McCoy
"Working, Innovating, and Leading at Google"

Product Manager (Chrome Sync and Security teams) and Associate Project Manager Program Coordinator at Google; formerly an engineer in various roles in the Washington, D.C. intelligence community. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

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