Speaker Series

The CCL Speaker Series hosts a number of individuals who exercise leadership in a variety of areas and with different approaches. Speakers may offer formal lectures, informal discussion sessions, or interactive workshops for the community. The intent is to expose our community to diverse perspectives on leadership that will inspire members to think about the ways they may effectively lead in their own lives.

Past Speakers

Stephen Cohen

Daniel Rosensweig '83

Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson, triathlon and duathlon race director and founder of Council for Responsible Sport, addressed how his work as a race director intersects with social and environmental justice, community building, and leadership.


Richard Wasserman

HWS Trustee Richard Wasserman spoke on the topic of bioethics. Wasserman is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and President of Dallas Allergy-Immunology.



Stephen Cohen

HWS Trustee Stephen Cohen visited campus to facilitate a workshop on social styles as part of the HWS Leads Certificate Program. Cohen is Principal of Strategic Learning Collaborative, which provides consulting services to assist organizations with creating a leadership strategy resulting in a capable and sustainable leadership talent supply.



Katherine MacKinnon

Katherine MacKinnon '77 came to campus to speak with HWS Leads students about leadership. MacKinnon serves as President of the William Smith Alumnae Association and is a Vice President of JPMorgan Chase, working in Human Resources, Compensation and Benefits.



Andrew Satter

Andrew Satter, Hobart Fellow in Residence and founder of Andrew Satter & Associates, Inc., a global network of 30 organization consultants and trainers, talked with students on the topics of purposeful and meaningful dialogue, and what it takes to be an effective leader in the world today as part of the HWS Leads Leadership Certification Program.



Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend spoke with students about the intricacies of leading in a political environment. This event was offered in collaboration with the Office of the President and was open to the campus community.




HWS Panel

A panel of campus and community leaders discussed the topic of "motivating others." The Centennial Center for Leadership offers this discussion in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Panel members included: 2007 Geneva Athena Award Winner Lucile Mallard; Director of William Smith Athletics Deb Steward; Superintendent of Geneva City School District Robert Young; Former Director of the Geneva Teen Center Jermain Phillip; and Robert Griffo of Family Counseling Center of the Finger Lakes.


Dee Dee Myers

Dee Dee Myers, L.H.D. '05, political analyst and the first female White House Press Secretary, delivered the keynote address on women's leadership during Centennial Weekend.




Rory Kennedy

Rory Kennedy, renowned documentary filmmaker and cofounder/president of Moxie Firecracker Films, Inc., spoke about leading social change through the lens of a camera.




Mark D. Gearan

Hobart and William Smith President Mark Gearan engaged students in dialogue at a breakfast session on the topic of contrarian leadership style.




Stuart Einstein

Stuart Einstein, Mayor of Geneva, discussed leading as an elected official at a breakfast session with students.


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