Peggy and John Day University Honors Lecture Series


***October 22, 2020 EVENT CANCELLED***

Leardini Lammers

Cultivating Leaders for Tomorrow

After serving for the last two decades in leadership and executive roles, Mr. Leardini now offers his expertise in strategy, leadership, finance, and operations to an array of business clients.  In this presentation, Mr. Leardini will be joined by Niagara University’s Men’s Hockey Coach, Jason Lammers, to share the parallels between sports and business when it comes to the development of leaders of the future.  They will discuss which behaviors and values help to identify potential leaders, and a practical framework for measuring the leadership qualities of any person who wants to improve in their role, with applicability to business, sports, and with families.

Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Castellani Art Museum


Tom Morris                                   

True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change

Tom Morris is one of the world's top public philosophers and pioneering business thinkers.  His audiences have included such organizations as Toyota, General Motors, The Ford Motor Company, Mercedes Benz, Hewlett Packard, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, Prudential, Fidelity Investments, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week Magazine, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Federated Investors, Mass Mutual, Raymond James, Citi Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, MasterFoods, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, United Health, and The Young President's Organization.  In addition, he has discussed philosophy on TV on Live with Regis & Kathie Lee and The Today Show.

Learn more about Tom Morris.

Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Castellani Art Museum

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Brian Castner                                   

Photo Credit: Joey Campagna

Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former explosive ordnance disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the author of Disappointment River, All the Ways We Kill and Die and the war memoir, The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named a New York Times Editor’s Pick and an Amazon Best Book. His journalism and essays have appeared in the New York Times, WIRED, Esquire, The Atlantic, Foreign Policyand on National Public Radio. He is the co-editor of The Road Ahead, a collection of short stories featuring veteran writers, and has twice received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, and to paddle the 1,200-mile Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. In March 2018, he joined Amnesty International as a senior crisis advisor.

Learn more about Brian Castner.

Date: October 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Castellani Art Museum

Discussion on The Challenge of Climate Change


Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2016 "5 Under 35" Award.  Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama.  She holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship.  She currently lives in New York City.

Learn more about Yaa Gyasi.

Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: Castellani Art Museum

Discussion on Identify and African Diaspora