The Milligan 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.

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

2023 Lecture

Blair Kisker, MBA '12

Vice President of Finance & Accounting at FC Cincinnati

Topic: Following Passion to Career: From Accounting to the World of Soccer

Blair Kisker's remarkable journey from Ohio Wesleyan University to the dynamic realm of Major League Soccer is a captivating story of passion and success. With a background in accounting and an MBA from the University of Kentucky, Blair has thrived in finance and accounting roles at Valvoline Inc., mastering crucial aspects like cash flow forecasting and financial planning.

Today, as the Vice President of Finance & Accounting at FC Cincinnati, he's driving fiscal efficiency and strategic financial planning for one of the nation's premier soccer franchises. Recognized for his outstanding achievements, Blair has joined the Woltemade Center board and earned a coveted spot in the Cincinnati Business Courier's "40 Under 40" list, showcasing his dedication to both his profession and community.

Immerse yourself in Blair Kisker's captivating journey from the halls of OWU to the vibrant realm of soccer in his keynote presentation, "Following Passion to Career: From Accounting to the World of Soccer." Delve into his collegiate experiences, the exciting transition to soccer, and gain insights into the inner workings of FC Cincinnati. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the remarkable story of his career and his contributions to the community through FC Cincinnati.

December 6, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Hamilton-Williams Campus Center - 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015

Benes Rooms 

Free Event - No RSVP Required

Live Stream Link Here

Past Lectures

10/4/2022 Dawn Dickson, Founder & CEO of PopCom, "Entrepreneurship: Are YOU built to scale?"
3/24/2022 Pete Watson, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors Greif, Inc. "Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership"
10/1/2019 Dave Kaufman '81, CEO of Encova Insurance, "Integrated Leadership"
10/4/2018 Shadman Zafar '94, Head of Digital, Citi, "The Rules of Engagement - How to Succeed in Corporate America"  
10/19/2017 Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU, Branding Expert and Investor on ABC's hit show, Shark Tank, "5 Shark Points"
 11/3/2016 Jim Dicke II, honorary degree, Chairman & CEO of Crown Equipment Corporation, "Leadership in Business and in the Wider World"
 10/23/2014 Tracie Winbigler '87, Chief Operations Officer for the National Geographic Society, "The Media Industry and the Digital Transition."
10/3/2013   Louis A. Simpson '58, Chairman of SQ Advisors, LLC, "Corporate America - to rent of to  own?"
 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"
 09/22/2011 Andres Duarte '62,  Managing Director of Duarte Vivas y Asociados, C.A.  "Survival Management in a Distorted Economy: the Venezuelan Model"
 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" 
 10/23/2008 George S. Carpenter '78, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  "Changing the Marketing Game"
 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?"
 10/03/2006 Toshi Amino, Retired Executive Vice President, Honda of America Manufacturing.  "China's Automobile Industry"
 09/29/2005 Louis A. Simpson '58, President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Operations GEICO Corporation.  "Creating Shareholder Value"
 10/13/2004 Dragan Filipovic, Senior Principal Scientist, Kraft Foods and Global Research Technology Strategy.  "Creativity & Productivity in a Manufacturing Environment"
 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?"
 09/12/2002 Charles M. Berger, Woltemade Center Executive-In-Residence, Chairman and Retired CEO, Scotts Company, Marysville, Ohio.  "Making Good Companies Great"
 04/04/2000 Al '64,  Nationally Recognized Expert in Supply Chain Management.  "The Missing Link – Bringing Supply Chain Management to the Forefront of Business"
 09/29/1999 David Wetherell, President and CEO, CMGI, Inc. (Sagan National Colloquium Address).  "The Internet in a Global Society"
 10/08/1998 James Becher '61, President and CEO, The Geneva Group.  "Investment Strategies for the 21st Century: The Private Equity Fund"
 04/20/1995 Donald Jacobs, Dean, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  "Management Education for the 21st Century" 
 10/21/1994 Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., President of the STEP 2 Corporation, Streetsboro, Ohio.  "Ethics and Entrepreneurship" 
04/20/1994 Thomas M. Hout, Vice President, Boston Consulting.  "Do We Have Anything to Learn from the Japanese?"
  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?"
 03/24/1993  Louis A. Simpson '58, Vice Chairman, GEICO Corporation.  "Investing in a Global Market"