Leadership Speaker Series

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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.

David Tarver
Anatomy of a Tech Start-up, Surfing the Waves of Technology and Culture
Thursday, Sept.18, 2014

David Tarver is a successful technology business executive with an amazing entrepreneurial journey through Corporate R&D, tech start-up and social entrepreneurship. He grew up in Flint, Michigan dreaming of owning a company that would make ‘electronic stuff.’ Ten years later as a Michigan engineering graduate working for AT&T Bell Labs persuaded two of his colleagues to join him in launching a technology company from his basement. Mr. Tarver started Telecom Analysis Systems, Inc. in 1983. In 1995 he sold TAS to Bowthorpe (now Spirent) and then spearheaded the creation of a telecommunications test equipment unit for Spirent that was worth over $2 billion. Mr. Tarver left the corporate sector in 1999 to pursue community and family interests and launched the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative to catalyze improvements in academic performance for children in Red Bank, NJ. Today, Mr. Tarver lectures in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship and speaks around the country sharing principles from his book ‘Proving Ground: A Memoir.’ He serves on numerous civic and non-profit boards, and devotes his time to coaching and supporting entrepreneurs throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. He earned his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter.  

Past Leadership Speaker Series Events

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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