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.

Confirmed 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

Invited Speakers


Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice, Supreme Court


Robert Stephen Ford
Former United States Ambassador to Syria