The Grossman School of Business attracts many speakers from all over the business world, here are our recent guest speakers.

Global Forum on Sustainable Innovation and Business Transformation

Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company. From 2009-2017, he served as the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Read More.

Joey Bergstein

Joey Bergstein joined Seventh Generation in 2011 and, together with the Seventh Generation team, has been transforming its business, while pursuing the company’s quest to transform the world into a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable place for all. Read More.

Mary Powell

Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company.  Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont. Read More.


Brian Griffith

Brian is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. He has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith. Read More.


Dean's Speaker Series

Stanton Dodge

Mr. Dodge serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DISH. He is responsible for all legal and government affairs for DISH and its subsidiaries and oversees Corporate Communications. Read More.

Alan Gold

Mr. Gold is Partner and Head of Sports Media for Evolution Media Capital (EMC). Read More.

Adam Hergenrother

Adam Hergenrother, a born and raised Vermonter, is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hergenrother Enterprises, which includes Keller Williams Realty Vermont, and others. Read More.

Richard Beck

Rich joined PepsiCo in 1993, and has served in a variety of positions, including senior vice president, Operations, Frito-Lay North America; executive vice president, and others. Read More.


John Dineen

From 2005, John served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a $4.5 billion global leader in the rail, mining, marine, drilling and wind industries.  Read More.

Charlene Begley

Begley, who received her bachelor of science in business administration from the UVM’s School of Business Administration, joined GE in 1988 and has progressed through several leadership roles including vice president.  Read More.

Cyma Zarghami

Ms. Zarghami, who received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont’s College of Arts and Science, has worked for Nickelodeon for the last 26 years. Read More.



Hoffman Family Business Lecture Series

Brian Kelly

Mr. Kelly is an investor, author, and financial markets commentator. He is an expert in global financial markets, macro-economics and digital currencies. Read More.

Michael Goldberg

Michael, together with his partners, Neil and Steve Goldberg, run Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. They currently operate 111 retail locations and employ 4,800 associates in 7 states. Read More.

Gary Green

Gary is the owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers and CEO of Alliance Building Services, one of the largest privately held building service providers in North America employing 5000+ employees. Read More.

Carlos Enrique Cavelier

Cavelier is the President of Alquería Dairy, the number one private processor of liquid milk in Colombia, and the major processor of the Andean Group in UHT milk production. Read More.


Bill Stenger

Mr. Stenger has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Jay Peak, Inc. since July 2008.  He is currently spearheading an effort to bring $600 million of EB-5 money into the Northeast Kingdom. Read More.

Marc Compagnon

Marc joined Li & Fung in 2000 after working as the Chief Merchandising Officer at Colby International Limited for 17 years.  While at Colby, Mr. Compagnon was responsible for the global sourcing network as well as sales and marketing strategies. Read More.

Jeffrey Hollender

Mr. Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. He is the co-founder of Seventh Generation, a leading natural product brand known for authenticity and progressive practices. Read More.




Commencement Speakers

2017: Jodi Goldstein

Jodi Goldstein is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, the Harvard Launch Lab for alumni, and the soon to open Harvard Life Lab for life-sciences ventures. Read More.

2016: Steven Grossman

In October 2015, the UVM School of Business was renamed the Grossman School of Business in honor of Steven Grossman, a 1961 graduate and a long-time supporter of the School. Read More.

2015: David Aronoff

David is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience include the SaaS, cloud, mobile, data analytics, video and information security sectors. Read More.

2014: John Hall

John G. Hall ('85) is the President & COO at Rachael Ray/Watch Entertainment, Inc. He graduated from the Grossman School of Business in 1985. Read More.


2013: Carrie Teffner

Teffner, who was appointed to Crocs' board of directors in June 2015, brings more than 25 years of consumer goods and retail leadership experience to the company. Read More.

2012: Jordan B. Saxe

Jordan Saxe is the Director of the Americas for The NASDAQ Stock Market, responsible for leading business development efforts in international listings across all sectors. Read More.

2011: James Schaefer

Mr. Schaefer is a Managing Director and Americas Co-Head of Global Power & Utilities and Alternative Energy at UBS Investment Bank, based in New York. Read More.