Each academic year, Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, hosts the Questrom Dean’s Speaker Series. Members of the Questrom and Boston University community gather to hear varying perspectives from a diverse mix of contemporary thought leaders of today’s business world. A key part of the planning process comes from our research institutes—the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy, the Human Resources Policy Institute, Innovate@BU, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, and the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy. All have deep connections to Questrom’s key sectors of Digital Business, Health, and Social Impact.

  • These events are from 5:00PM to 6:15PM
  • They are held in the Questrom Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
  • There is a lively question and answer period.



Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Investing Our Values, Changing the World, or Both?

Michael McCreless, Head of Investor Collaboration
Impact Management Project

Interest in sustainable and impact investing is at an all-time high and continues grow rapidly.  Michael McCreless explores how this desire to bring about social impact through investment behavior is challenging theoretical foundations and long-held practices of the investment industry.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Transformative Pharmaceuticals: Perspectives on Treatment Access & Pricing

Rehka Ramesh, Head of Public Policy
Gilead Sciences

Rekha Ramesh will share her ideas on incorporating corporate perspectives as public policies are established to support access to innovative medicines including treatment access, drug pricing, and other factors influencing the true cost of health care today.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Human Capital Challenges in the Travel and Tourism Industry—The Marriott Story

David Rodriguez, Ph.D, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer
Ray Bennett, Chief Global Officer
Marriott International

With over 700,000 employees in 130 countries, over 7,000 hotels, and 30 brand from Courtyard by Marriott to the Ritz Carlton, Marriott International is the largest hospitality company in the world. Rodriguez and Bennett will detail the importance of human and social capital, connecting employees and employers, and creatively expanding the impact of HR.

Monday, September 23, 2019
Rethinking Business: Exploring Sustainability & Strategy

Andy King, Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Strategy & Innovation
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Andy King, our newest endowed chair will explore the intersection of sustainability and strategy, reflect on the successes of the past, and seek to determine the best path forward.