Distinguished Speaker Series

Our Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) has contributed to broadening the dynamic educational experience of Merage School students and the community by bringing influential leaders to campus, encouraging thought-provoking conversations and the exchange of ideas. Through DSS-sponsored lectures and collaborations, we strive to achieve our mission of being at the forefront of thought-leadership and academic excellence.

Our enviable list of distinguished speakers comes from across the globe, and through the sharing of their experiences and stories, they challenge our newest generation to make a difference in society and business. The series highlights leadership perspectives, ethical frameworks, decision-making processes, and insights of top business leaders from different industries. This is also a great opportunity to network with approximately 300 corporate professionals, community leaders, students, faculty members and campus staff.

Your support of the UCI Merage School Fund allows us to continue to provide exceptional speaker programming such as the Distinguished Speaker Series. Give Now!

Upcoming Event

Michael MussallemMike Mussallem
CEO, Edwards Lifesciences

Date To Be Announced

Past Speakers

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David Pyott
Former Chief Executive Officer
March 9, 2017

Newth Morris 
President, Telogis Route
Co-founder, Telogis Navigation
October 19, 2016

Craig Boundy
Chief Executive Officer
Experian North America
November 18, 2015

Cynthia Stoddard
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, NetApp
March 4, 2015

Chris White
General Manager, Sports & Entertainment Solutions and Vice President, Global IOT Solutions, Cisco
February 13, 2014

Brad Losson
Vice President & Senior Divisional Managing Director, Schwab Advisor Services, The Charles Schwab Corp.
April 30, 2014

Alan Pellegrini
President and Chief Executive Officer, Thales USA
January 30, 2013

Brian Niccol
Chief Executive Officer
Taco Bell
January 28, 2016

Matthew Costello
Chief Operating Officer, Beats by Dre at Apple
April 16, 2015

Kimberly Cripe
President & Chief Executive Officer, CHOC Children's
November 12, 2014

Richard Afable, MD, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer, Covenant Health Network
November 13, 2013

Myron Gray
President, US Operations, UPS
May 8, 2013

George A. Kalogridis
President, Disneyland Resort
November 29, 2012  (view event recap.)


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For questions regarding our DSS events and sponsorship information, please contact Diane Ford at