Program Overview / Speaker Series

MBA Leaders of Distinction Speaker Series
The School of Business offers the MBA Leaders of Distinction Speaker Series for our MBA students each fall and spring semester. The event gives students the opportunity to meet outstanding business leaders and explore issues affecting business today.

Diane Gupton Becton, SVP Government and Institutional Banking Treasury Management Sales Support Manager
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Diane Becton, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as the Government and Institutional Banking Treasury Management Sales Support Manager.  In her role, Becton is responsible for managing the GIB Treasury Management Sales Support efforts for the country.  Becton began her career with Wells Fargo Bank, NA in 1989.  She has held several leadership roles within Wells Fargo, including Government and Institutional Banking Relationship Manager, National Customer Service Director for Wells Fargo Commercial Dealer Services, and Wholesale Customer Service Director for Central and Eastern Regions of North Carolina.

Becton currently serves on the following Boards:  Chairperson-The Alexander Family YMCA Advisory Board, Meredith College Business School Advisory Board, UNC Wilmington Parents’ Council, Saint Mary’s School Alumnae Council.  She has also served on the Artsplosure Executive Board, The American Lung Association of North Carolina Board, and The Junior League of Raleigh Board.  She is a Sustaining Member of The Junior League of Raleigh.  Becton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Master of Business Administration at Meredith College. 

Pete von Jess, Owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors
USfalcon, Inc.

Pete von Jess is owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors at USfalcon, Inc.   From 2003 to early 2015, von Jess served as the Chief Executive of USfalcon, Inc., where he led an end-to-end professional services company providing technical solutions to clients in the defense community. USfalcon has been recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States by numerous industry groups, and in 2009 was named #1 in the Research Triangle area and received the Fast50 award.

Douglas Woodard, Managing Vice President, Contact Center Channels for Card Operations
Capital One

Doug Woodard is Managing Vice President, Contact Center Channels for Card Operations.  In this role he is responsible for all Card Operations via the Phone Channel spanning customer service, fraud and disputes, collections and recoveries, and all associated horizontal support functions. 

Patrick Lozon, Vice President and Head of Product Supply North America
Bayer CropScience LP

Patrick Lozon heads Product Supply North America for Bayer CropScience LP.  As Head of Product Supply North America, Patrick oversees regional demand and supply planning as well as formulation, filling and packaging activities in the U.S. and Canada. 

Paula J. Sims, former Chief Integration Officer, Duke Energy, and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Progress Energy

Paula Sims, an independent consultant specializing in the energy industry, has experience in leading and managing in areas of mergers, business development, operations, supply chain, IT and change management. Sims recently held the position of Chief Integration Officer for The Duke Energy and Progress Energy Merger and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Improvement for Progress Energy. 

Millie TanMillie Tan, former Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer

Millie Tan, former Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for Quintiles. Tan has over 25 years in global marketing and sales with responsibilities ranging from strategic planning, new product development, new business development, corporate branding, and brand management. 

Maureen O'ConnorMaureen K. O’Connor, President
Mosaic Health Solutions

Maureen K. O’Connor, President of Mosaic Health Solutions and former Executive Vice President, Diversified Business of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) gave an engaging talk about bridging from our traditional health care system to a new system based on improving quality, reducing cost and making it more patient-focused. 

Jen MannJenn Mann, Vice President of Human Resources

Jenn Mann, Vice President of Human Resources at SAS, shared her perspectives on how human resources plays a key role in creating a culture of trust that makes SAS one of the best places to work in the world. Mann leads a global HR organization that not only acts as stewards of the SAS culture, but also engages a global workforce of over 12,000 employees who work in over 400 offices in 65 countries across the globe. 

Recent speakers also include:

Temple Sloan, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, General Parts & Carquest

Jason Smith
Chef and Owner, 18 Seaboard

Kenichi Kawashima
Executive Director, Business Development, Lenovo

Suzanne Sutter
Former President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Fran O’Sullivan
General Manager,Systems Strategy and Operations, IBM

David Strong
President and CEO, Orlando Health

Scott Custer
CEO and President, Yadkin Financial Corporation and Yadkin Bank

Shelia B. Ahler
Partner, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP


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