Posted on September 09, 2015, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

Doug Lebda '92

The School of Management will present five distinguished leaders in the 2015 Walling Lecture Series, which begins Thursday, Sept. 17, with Doug Lebda '92, chairman, CEO and founder of LendingTree.com.

The annual series brings highly accomplished Bucknellians to campus for on-stage interviews in which they share their leadership story and discuss their evolution as leaders.  

"The Walling Lecture Series features Bucknell alumni and parents who are internationally known as management experts in an array of business fields, including finance, industry, real estate, and sports and nonprofit management," said Michael Johnson-Cramer, director of the School of Management, who moderates the conversations. "Our speakers reflect the types of management that attract Bucknell students."  

Not all of the Walling speakers were management majors, noted Johnson-Cramer, who adds that their different perspectives and experiences highlight the value of interdisciplinary education and experience.  

"We are delighted to welcome them back to campus, and we hope the community takes advantage of the opportunity to hear their thoughts on leadership and success in management,"  he said.

Past speakers include Jane Maas '53, a pioneering advertising executive; Charlie Collier '91, president of American Movie Classics; and Randy MacDonald P'02, former senior vice president of human resources at IBM.  

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Doug Lebda '92, chairman, CEO and founder of LendingTree.com and co-founder of Tykoon, an innovative financial platform for families and children. Lebda is also an active mentor and angel investor.  

Thursday, Oct. 1 — David Henry '71, CEO and vice chairman of Kimco Realty Corp., a NYSE real estate investment trust that is the nation's largest owner of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Henry has been a guest on CNBC's Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street, Fast Money, Street Signs, Mad Money and Fox Business News.  

Thursday, Oct. 15 — Sunil Gulati '81, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation (elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014). Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, where he has helped the sport rise to new heights.  

Thursday, Nov. 5 — Carolyn Miles '83, P'14, president and CEO of Save the Children, a global movement that currently serves more than 140 million children in the U.S. and 120 countries. Miles has focused on hunger, learning outcomes and ending preventable child deaths as her signature issues.  

Thursday, Nov. 12 — Lance Fritz '85, chairman, president and CEO of Union Pacific, a Fortune 150 company and leader in the transportation industry. Fritz has led large functional areas in engineering, operating, labor relations, and sales and marketing.  

The Fitz Roy and Mary Jane Walling Management Endowment funds the program. The Walling Lecture Series' focus on leadership honors Fitz Walling's many years as a University leader. He served as the longtime dean of admissions; helped start the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering and the former College of Business Administration; and established the Office of Planned Giving. 

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