School of Business


Carl Kamm Lecture

The Carl Kamm Lectureship, was established through a generous donation by the late Jake Kamm, in honor and recognition of his late brother, Carl.

The intent of this lectureship is to provide opportunities for the School of Business to bring noted speakers in the area of Business, Leadership and Innovation to campus.


Fall 2013

On October 23, 2013, Linda Abraham-Silver, Ed.D., who lives in the United Arab Emirates where she works for the Abu Dhabi governement's Technology Committee, talked with Linda L. Bluso, Chair, School of Business in a town hall format on leading change and innovative thinking. 

By way of background, Dr. Abraham-Silver most recently spent 8 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Science Center where she led efforts to install the first wind turbine on the American shores of the Great Lakes.  Prior to her work in Cleveland, Dr. Abraham-Silver spent more than a decade at California's world-renowed Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The entire lecture can be seen here.

Fall 2012

On November 7, 2012, Thomas A. Waltermire, CEO of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), lectured on "How Collaboration and Innovation Can Grow and Attract Businesses for the Region.  Over 130 students, faculty, business leaders and community members attended and participated in a Q & A session following the presentation.

Team NEO is an 18-county private sector, economic development hub that facilitates regional economic competitiveness strategy and markets the region world-wide.  Mr. Waltermire joined Team NEO following a 31-year career with major Northeast Ohio corporations: BF Goodrich, the Geon Company and PolyOne Corporation.  He also served as Chairman and CEO for both Geon and PolyOne.

The entire lecture can be seen here.

Spring 2012

On January 17, 2012, Peter E. Raskind, a career banker with over 30 years of commercial banking experience, talked with Linda L. Bluso, Chair, School of Business in a town hall format on "Leading Change".  Over one hundred students, faculty, business leaders and community members attended and were invited to participate by submitting their questions to Mr. Raskind as part of his conversation.

In addition to his banking career, Mr. Raskind has also been a consultant to banks and private equity bank investors.  He provides perspective on market opportunity, strategy, operations, asset quality and management and regulatory relations.

Mr. Raskind began his career with National City Bank in 2000 as the Manager of the Consumer Finance Division and led the Consumer Small Business Financial Services Division until he was appointed Vice Chairman in 2004.  He was named President in December 2006.  Until its merger with PNC Financial Services Group on December 31, 2008, Mr. Raskind served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

After leaving National City, Mr. Raskind served as a volunteer in two key positions:  as Interim President and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority in 2010 and as Interim CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in 2011.  He is currently a Director of United Community Banks, Inc., a publicly-held $8 billion Georgia bank holding company.

The entire lecture can be viewed here.

Fall 2011

On November 12, 2011, Saul Kaplan, the Founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) in Providence, Rhode Island, spoke to a crowd of over a hundred students, faculty, business leaders and community members on Business Model Innovation for Private and Public Sectors.

Mr. Kaplan's company creates real world laboratories where organizations can design, prototype, and test new models for delivery value.  Its mission is to enable business model and system level innovation in areas of high social impact, including health care, education, energy and entrepreneurship.

Prior to BIF, Mr. Kaplan was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development.  He also worked as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture's Health and Life-Science practice.

The entire lecture can be viewed here




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