Featured Speakers Series
Kent State University at Stark's Featured Speakers Series brings national and international experts in civil rights, politics, education, environmental activism, literature and arts to campus.
Notable figures have included civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, national political broadcaster George Stephanopoulos, journalist and National Geographic Explorer host Lisa Ling, tennis star Billie Jean King, rags-to-riches prodigy Chris Gardner, legendary drummer Max Weinberg, ice cream entrepreneur Jerry Greenfield, cinematographer Spike Lee and CNN's broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper.
2014-2015 Ticket & Venue Information
- Programs are free and open to the public.
- Tickets are required and seating is limited.
- Limit of 4 tickets per person.
- Pick-up tickets at the Main Hall Information Desk, beginning at 8 a.m. each weekday, on the date listed with each speaker.
- Ticket distribution is first-come, first-served. No phone reservations will be taken.
- Programs are held at The University Center in Timken Great Hall.
- Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
2014-2015 Featured Speakers
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Tickets available September 15.
In the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball, Paul DePodesta’s unique skill of evaluating and measuring talent was portrayed by actor Jonah Hill. His career in baseball began with the Cleveland Indians, where he spent three seasons before joining the Oakland Athletics as the assistant general manager. In his first year with the A’s, he and GM Billy Beane led one of the worst teams in the league to its first winning season in seven years. As a business advisor, DePodesta shares his revolutionary strategy to building a winning baseball team – by overhauling stagnant procedures, rather than just tweaking them – that has proven to be as successful in the boardroom as it is on the ball field.
Marvel: Inside the World's Most Heroic Brand
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Tickets available October 27.
Marvel Comics Creative Director Bill Rosemann is a 20-year-plus veteran of the industry, translating his English degree into a successful career as a journalist, copy writer, script writer, blogger, marketing director and editor. His work within the colorful world of superheroes resonates with audiences of all ages, transcending from comic books into blockbuster movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier. At the podium, Rosemann invites audiences on a rare and enlightening journey inside Marvel’s iconic brand, revealing personalities and themes that mirror those in our own society and providing inspiration on how to release the super-human potential in everyday life.
Get Into the Goal-Setting Mindset
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Tickets available January 12.
Founder of the urban apparel brand, FUBU, and a member of Shark Tank, ABC’s entrepreneurial business show of investment pitches, Daymond John has become one of the country’s most sought-after marketing experts and motivational speakers. He launched FUBU from his home in 1992. The brand became synonymous to the Hip-Hop lifestyle when John convinced fellow Queens native LL Cool J to wear his clothing for a promotional campaign. Today, the trendsetter’s company reports annual sales of $350 million. His two books detail his inspiring journey and provide an invaluable roadmap on how to use his marketing prowess to succeed in business and in life.
Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tickets available March 23.
Candice DeLong, described as a real-life “Clarice Starling,” has tailed terrorists, gone undercover as a gangster’s moll and posed as a madam for a call-girl ring. Until her retirement from the FBI, she was on the front lines of some of the most riveting and memorable cases. The dangers and rewards of her career were portrayed in the Lifetime Original Movie, Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice DeLong, and in a book which details the profiling process she used to solve many difficult, high-profile cases. Frequently seen on television as an expert on violent crimes and personal safety, she also hosts the Deadly Women series on Discovery’s Investigation Channel.