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Fall Series Focuses on Business Leaders

November 2, 2022
Howard Behar and Steve Gohmann

This fall, the Center for Free Enterprise Menard Family Lecture Series will focus on business executives and different aspects of running  businesses. 

In September, the CFE collaborated with the Project on Positive Leadership and the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship to present retired president of Starbucks Howard Behar. Behar spoke to students, faculty, staff, and the community about servant leadership, and how leading with values helped fuel the coffee company’s explosive growth from 28-15,000 stores during his tenure as president.

The Center’s focus this fall is based on student surveys, requesting business leaders as potential speakers. Other events this fall include entrepreneur Robert L. Luddy, founder and president of CaptiveAire Systems, and serial entrepreneur Magatte Wade, who founded her latest venture SkinIsSkin, to create jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal. 

CFE events are free, open to the public, and are held in the College of Business auditorium. 

CFE programs are recorded for those who are unable to attend the live events. For videos of past events and information on upcoming programming, visit