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The Sanders Speaker Series brings high-profile speakers of national and international renown to IU Southeast for dynamic lectures and discussions.

The speaker series was made possible through the vision and generosity of IU Southeast School of Business alumnae Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders. The couple's goal for the series is to bring world-class speakers and experts to the IU Southeast campus to present vital issues to our community.

2019 Sanders Speaker Series
Featuring Frank Oz

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: IU Southeast Ogle Center, Richard K. Stem Concert Hall

Tickets: Admission is free. Seating for this event will be first come, first seated. Overflow seating will be available during the event.

Upcoming Speakers

Frank Oz
Earlier in his career, Oz was known for his creative collaborations with the famed Jim Henson performing many Muppet characters, including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal, as well as Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster. Some of the hundreds of projects Henson and Oz worked together on included “Sesame Street,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Muppet Show.”

Oz has also performed the unforgettable Jedi Master, Yoda, in all of the “Star Wars” films. Oz has directed “The Dark Crystal” (With Jim Henson), “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Indian in the Cupboard,” Stepford Wives,” “Death at a Funeral” and several other films.

Among his many honors, Oz has been the recipient of two George Foster Peabody awards, The American Comedy Awards’ Creative Achievement Award, The Art Director's Guild award, The Saturn Lifetime Achievement Award and three gold and two platinum records.

Past Speakers

2018 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Story Musgrave

Story Musgrave

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by 13.

He never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U. S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 58 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 free-falls.

He has 6 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, and literature. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon for the duration of his astronaut career.

He was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He was the communicator in mission control for 25 missions.

Today he is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, a heavy equipment operator, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc., and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of design driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality and safety.

He has 7 beautiful children: Lorelei, Scott, Holly, Todd, Jeff, Lane and Story, ranging from age 55 to 8 years, 3 beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife, Amanda.

2017 Sanders Keynote Speaker - John Schnatter

John SchnatterIn 1983, John Schnatter delivered his last college campus pizza, received his business degree from Ball State University and headed home to Jeffersonville. There, at age 22, he knocked down a broom closet in his father’s tavern, installed an oven and began delivering pizza out of the back of the bar.

Schnatter’s goal was to make the same great-tasting pizza that locally owned shops offered but didn’t deliver. Today, Papa John’s boasts more than 4,900 restaurants in 50 states and 40 countries and territories.

Schnatter’s business achievements and philanthropic efforts culminated in his induction into the Louisville Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2015, John was named Louisvillian of the Year by the American Advertising Federation Louisville Chapter and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ball State University.

2017 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Mark Spitz

Mark SpitzMark Spitz is one of the greatest living sports legends and most remembered athletes of all-time. His astonishing win of seven total gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich set a historic mark for most gold medals in a single Olympics.

Between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won a total of 11 Olympic Medals: nine gold, one silver and one bronze. During those years he set 33 world records. He was voted “Athlete of the Century” in water sports and one of six “Greatest Olympians” by Sports Illustrated in 2000.

In the 1980’s, Spitz was one of the largest residential real estate developers in Southern California and was involved with an 8-figure apartment development in Hawaii during this time as well.

In 2016, Spitz was chosen to represent the United States as an official member of the Presidential Delegation at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2016 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Candy Crowley

Candy Crowley Award-winning journalist Candy Crowley served as CNN's chief political correspondent and host of its Sunday talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley, a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues.

Crowley joined CNN in 1987 and took the reigns as an anchor of State of the Union in 2010. She has won several awards for her work, including a 2003 Emmy and the 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades when she led the general election debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

In presentations, Crowley shares insights on the current political environment and what trends and issues will most likely affect voters in the upcoming elections. She reported on the campaigns of every president since Ronald Reagan and has interviewed top political newsmakers like Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

2015 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Bill Rancic

The first winner of NBC's "The Apprentice," Bill Rancic, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Sanders Speaker Series at IU Southeast.

As an entrepreneur and a restauranteur, Rancic has had experiences ranging from Main Street to Wall Street. Almost 10 years ago, Rancic became the first winner of "The Apprentice." Rancic is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers: "You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life" and "Beyond the Lemonade Stand."

Rancic and his wife, Giuliana, are co-executive producers of the top-rated reality show "Giuliana and Bill" and host the NBC prime time program "Ready for Love." Additionally, Rancic is the host of "America Now," a nationally syndicated television show.

Today, Rancic is in high demand as a motivational speaker. His entrepreneurship and business experiences enable him to connect his discussions to the corporate arena.

In his speeches, Rancic examines several business-related themes, including creating professional work relationships and overcoming daily ethical obstacles in business. He shares powerful messages of dedication, entrepreneurship, leadership and volunteerism.

The Sanders Speaker Series is named after Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders, whose generous donation established the Sanders Speaker Series Endowment in 2008. The couple's goal for the series is to bring high-profile speakers to the University, at least annually, to speak to the community about business and the economy.

2014 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Jeff Hoffman

Jeff HoffmanRenowned businessman and founder and former CEO of Priceline, Jeff Hoffman, will be the keynote speaker for the series at 7 p.m., February 19, 2014, at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast. A self-described serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized innovator, Hoffman has founded and led several technology companies including,, and ColorJar.

Hoffman is a columnist for Inc. Magazine, and collaborates with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, and the US State Department to support business and economic growth initiatives. He has received numerous honors for his work in innovation and entrepreneurship including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization, induction into the Hall of Fame of the National CEO Council, and the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from Rising Tide Capital and JP Morgan Chase. He also has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in Travel and Tourism Worldwide. After founding Priceline, Hoffman switched gears into the world of entertainment. As the Chairman and CEO of Black Sky Entertainment he produced independent movies such as the horror flick "Cabin Fever," and worked with musical acts including Elton John, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Cash Money Millionaires and more.

Hoffman also spends a significant amount of time with entrepreneurs at the college level. He has served as a mentor in Stanford University's Venture Lab, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgia Tech and Rollins College, and has judged business plan competitions at MIT, the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Pepperdine University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also advised the entrepreneurship programs at Kent State University.

2013 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Billy Beane

Billy BeaneBilly Beane, the Oakland A's General Manager and subject of Moneyball has molded the Oakland Athletics into a perennial postseason contender since assuming the general manager's duties after the 1997 season.

Beane and Assistant GM Paul DePodesta forever changed the game by questioning the old-school philosophy in Major League Baseball that in order to win you had to field teams of superstars with huge payrolls. With a strategic approach that involved using statistics and probability undervalued players were identified to create a team that went from one of the worst to one that won five American League West Division Titles. Beane continues to show his strategic acumen and was recognized in November of 2012 by the Sporting News as Major League's executive of the year. The award recognized his efforts with taking a constantly shuffling list of players to create a team that won their division following a 74-88 season in 2012.

As a speaker, Beane is known for conveying his innovative, winning style of management and leadership, which involves identifying undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. His "Moneyball Philosophy" has allowed the Oakland A's to have 94 wins for the 2012 season. This feat was accomplished with a payroll of approximately one quarter that of the NY Yankees who only had one more win than the A's.

2012 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Jerry Greenfield

Jerry GreenfieldOne half of frozen dessert's most famous duo, Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream was the keynote speaker for the Sanders Speaker Series in 2012. In addition to being entrepreneurs, Jerry and business partner Ben Cohen have been recognized for their commitment to social and environmental causes. Along with Cohen, Greenfield has received the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year award and the Peace Museum's Community Peacemakers of the Year award. Oh, and let's not forget the outstanding Ice Cream. Jerry brought free samples for all attendees of the event (nearly 500 students, faculty, and members of the community).

See video highlights from the 2012 presentation by Jerry Greenfield

2011 Sanders Keynote Speaker - Dr. Arthur B. Laffer

Arthur LafferThe second speaker in the series was Dr. Arthur Laffer, world-renowned economist and the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates and Laffer Investments. He was deemed the "father of supply side economics" for his work contributing to a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980's.

Laffer now sits on the board of several public and private companies. He was a member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy board and also advised British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on fiscal policy in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

Upon the announcement of his selection as keynote speaker Dr. Laffer commented, "I'm honored to be invited to participate in the Sanders Speaker Series," and "Given the state of the economic and political outlook, the series is extremely timely and I'm thrilled to be able to provide some insight into national and international financial affairs."

2010 Sanders Inaugural Speakers - Dana Perino and Donna Brazile

Dana Parino and Donna BrazileThe inaugural Sanders Speaker Series took place March 30, 2010, and featured Dana Perino and Donna Brazile discussing current political and economic events in a debate format.

Ms. Brazile is a veteran democratic political strategist as well as author, syndicated columnist, television commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute. Ms. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. This distinction made her the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

Ms. Parino, the former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, served as only the second female press secretary in U.S. history and was one of the most widely respected members of the President's senior staff. She is an expert in crafting and communicating key messages under stressful conditions.

The pair, political opposites, provided a lively discussion and took questions from the audience.