The “Leaders in Business” Lecture Series was created in 1992 through a generous endowment established by Robert L. “Bill” Milligan ’22 and his wife Mary. Bill Milligan was a long time OWU Trustee and had a distinguished career in the Pure Oil Company where he became President in 1954 and Chairman from 1965 until his retirement in 1971.

Reserve your ticket HERE for The Milligan Family Leaders in Business Lecture featuring:

Daymond John's 5 Shark Points: 

Fundamentals for Success in Business and Life

Daymond John is the Founder and CEO of FUBU, Branding Expert & Investor on ABC'S Shark Tank

From humble beginnings to one of the most sought-after branding and marketing experts in the country, and an investor on ABC's hit show, Shark Tank, Daymond John has elevated himself to a 21st century renaissance businessman, setting the standard of excellence in marketing, branding, and business.

With an entrepreneurial spirit indicative of his future endeavors, John’s career began at a young age, when he failed to find reasonably priced attire similar to what he saw on TV, and identified the untapped urban apparel space, leading him to create FUBU (For Us By Us). Now one of the most iconic urban fashion brands in the world, John developed FUBU from a mere concept into a $5 billion global fashion powerhouse, in part by pioneering the art of integrating fashion, culture, music, and branding. With expertise sought out by global organizations and Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Dell and Pfizer, John now provides insight and consultation through his branding company, Shark Branding.

Honored with numerous major industry awards, from Brandweek, Advertising Age, NAACP, Crain's Business, and Ernst & Young, John is also the acclaimed author of three books, Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding, and LifestyleThe Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth to the Boardroom and most recently The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage. In 2015, Daymond John was selected to be a Presidential Entrepreneurship Ambassador by President Barack Obama.

Refreshingly candid, with respected expertise and an inspiring story that is the very essence of the American Dream, John illustrates his success strategies with insight from his all-American journey, offering audiences practical and invaluable tools to achieve personal and professional goals.

The event is free and open to the public.  However, you must have a printed ticket and ID for entrance to the event.


The Milligan Lecture Series has brought the following distinguished leaders in business and academia to campus:

03/24/1993 Louis A. Simpson ’58, Vice Chairman, GEICO Corporation.  “Investing in a Global Market”
11/04/1993 Elmer W. Johnson, Partner of the Kirkland & Ellis Law firm, Chicago, and former Executive Vice President of General Motors.  “The Large Corporation: An Endangered Species?”
04/20/1994 Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., President of the STEP 2 Corporation, Streetsboro, Ohio.  “Ethics and Entrepreneurship”
10/21/1994 Thomas M. Hout, Vice President, Boston Consulting.  “Do We Have Anything to Learn from the Japanese?
04/20/1995 Donald Jacobs, Dean, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  “Management Education for the 21st Century”
10/08/1998 James Becher ’61, President and CEO, The Geneva Group.  “Investment Strategies for the 21st Century: The Private Equity Fund”
09/29/1999 David Wetherell, President and CEO, CMGI, Inc. (Sagan National Colloquium Address).  “The Internet in a Global Society”
04/04/2000 Al Bataglia ’64,  Nationally Recognized Expert in Supply Chain Management.  “The Missing Link – Bringing Supply Chain Management to the Forefront of Business”
09/12/2002 Charles M. Berger, Woltemade Center Executive-In-Residence, Chairman and Retired CEO, Scotts Company, Marysville, Ohio.  “Making Good Companies Great”
11/06/2003 Frederick A. Manske, Jr. ’61, Retired CEO from Purolator Courier and formerly Senior Vice President, Federal Express.  “The Leadership Challenge – Opportunity Knocks – Are You Ready?”
10/13/2004 Dragan Filipovic, Senior Principal Scientist, Kraft Foods and Global Research Technology Strategy.  “Creativity & Productivity in a Manufacturing Environment”
09/29/2005 Louis A. Simpson ’58, President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Operations GEICO Corporation.  “Creating Shareholder Value”
10/03/2006 Toshi Amino, Retired Executive Vice President, Honda of America Manufacturing.  “China’s Automobile Industry”
10/25/2007 David M. Cromwell ’66, Retired President & CEO JPMorgan Capital Corporation and Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Management.  “Are You an Entrepreneur?” 
10/23/2008 George S. Carpenter ’78, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  “Changing the Marketing Game”
11/17/2009 John F. Milligan ’83,  President & CEO of Gilead Sciences, Inc.  “The Story of Gilead Sciences – Building a Business that Transformed a Disease”
09/22/2011 Andres Duarte ’62,  Managing Director of Duarte Vivas y Asociados, C.A.  “Survival Management in a Distorted Economy: the Venezuelan Model”
09/28/2012 Clark Winter ’73,  Founder of Clark Winter Enterprises, a global Investment research and strategy firm. “The Global Economy Going Forward: Making Sense of Apparent Nonsense”
10/3/2013 Louis A. Simpson ’58, Chairman of SQ Advisors, LLC
10/23/2014 Tracie Winbigler ’87, Chief Operations Officer for the National Geographic Society
11/3/2016 Jim Dicke II, honorary degree, Chairman & CEO of Crown Equipment Corporation, "Leadership in Business and in the Wider World"