Core Values Speaker Series

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Former White House social secretary Lea Berman, MA, discussed the subject of civility on April 8, 2019, in the latest installment of UMB’s Core Values Speaker Series.

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About the Core Values Speaker Series

UMB launched our inaugural speaker series on March 30, 2015. The series promotes UMB’s core values of accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership.

National and international leaders come to UMB to lecture on their expertise and experiences; lectures are intended to appeal to broad University/communitywide audiences.

The Core Values Speaker Series brings the world’s best and brightest to UMB to enhance the manner in which the entire University community approaches its work, contributes to society, and leads as an institution. The speaker series also provides an opportunity for the University to come together as one at stimulating cultural events that enhance the environment in which the University works and learns.

  • Accountability: Wes Moore

    As an Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, youth advocate, and now CEO of BridgeEdU, Wes Moore’s adult life has revolved around accountability. Read more.

  • Collaboration: Carrie Hessler-Radelet, MS

    Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, MS, has stories from all over the world of how common people can collaborate to do extraordinary things. Read more.

  • Leadership: Norman Augustine, MSE

    Norman Augustine, MSE, former chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., was introduced as the person most qualified to discuss leadership. Read more.

  • Civility: Ronald M. Shapiro, JD

    “Civility costs nothing, but buys everything,” said Ronald M. Shapiro, JD, best-selling author, attorney and sports agent. Read more.

  • Knowledge: William Kirwan, PhD

    “One of the best quotes I know about knowledge comes from Ben Franklin who once said an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” said Kirwan. Read more.

Past Speakers


March 30, 2015
Ronald M. Shapiro
President, Shapiro Robinson & Associates


May 11, 2015
Norman R. Augustine
Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
Member, USM Board of Regents


Oct. 15, 2015
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Director, Peace Corps


April 1, 2016
William E. Kirwan
Former Chancellor, University System of Maryland


Feb. 14, 2017
Wes Moore
Decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate, and CEO of BridgeEdU


April 8, 2019
Lea Berman
Former White House social secretary