Creighton Business Symposium 2020

Creighton Business Symposium 2020

Welcome to the 2020 [Virtual] Creighton Business Symposium
Typically the Creighton Business Symposium draws around 1,000 students and business professionals to the CHI Health Center, and it has historically been one of the largest student-run business conferences in the country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Symposium Planning team has successfully pivoted the conference to a 100% online format, and has teamed up with nationally-known podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire to deliver the majority of the content. 

Entrepreneurs on FireEntrepreneurs on Fire was founded in 2012 on the ideals of financial and lifestyle freedom. With over 2,500 episodes and more than 85 million downloads, John Lee Dumas has interviewed the likes of Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more. For more on John and the podcast, check out

Schedule of Events

Date REleased (CST) podcast Source/platform

Mon., Nov. 2

3:30 a.m.

Derek Leathers, Keynote

Entrepreneurs on Fire
Tues., Nov. 3 3:30 a.m.

Big Brother or Big Data

Entrepreneurs on Fire
Wed., Nov. 4 3:30 a.m.

Workplace Pioneers

Entrepreneurs on Fire
  9-9:45 a.m.

Derek Leathers Live Q&A

View Recording
Thur., Nov. 5 11 a.m. Resume Lab – Hosted by Deloitte RSVP via Handshake
Fri., Nov. 6 3:30 a.m.

How Self-Driving Trucks Will Change the World

Entrepreneurs on Fire
Mon., Nov. 9  

John Schlifske Q&A

Listen to Recording
  3:30 a.m.

Best Foot Forward

Entrepreneurs on Fire
Tues., Nov. 10 3:30 a.m. Austin Chatman, Keynote Entrepreneurs on Fire
Wed., Nov. 11 3:30 a.m.

What Drives Successful People

Entrepreneurs on Fire
Fri., Nov. 13 3:30 a.m.

Investing for a Better Tomorrow

Entrepreneurs on Fire
  1 p.m. Recruiter Panel: Networking in a Digital World Thank you for attending

To join this year’s virtual symposium, subscribe to the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast, and watch for notifications on social media for our other keynotes and networking opportunities. 

Keynote Speakers

Derek Leathers

Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Werner Enterprises

View Derek’s Biography



John Schlifske

CEO of Northwestern Mutual

View John’s Biography



Austin Chatman

Business Development, StreamSum | Former Professional Athlete

View Austin’s Biography

Networking Spotlights

Resume Lab: Hosted by Deloitte

Thursday, November 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Similar to the Resume Labs the Career Center offers, this is an “open lab” where students can drop in at any time. This is a unique opportunity to get resume advice from an employer and event sponsor that recruits Creighton students!

Recruiter Panel: Networking in a Digital World

Friday, November 13, 1-2 p.m.

In an increasingly virtual world, get first-hand tips from local recruiters on how to effectively engage with and expand your network during the pandemic and beyond. Bring your questions for this live panel!

Panelist: Megan Boyer
Megan Boyer is a Campus Recruiting Specialist at Deloitte. She focuses on hiring the next generation of leaders to Deloitte across our Audit, Tax and Advisory business areas.


Panelist: Whitney Hoskins
Whitney Hoskins is a Sr. Recruiter in Talent Acquisition at FNBO. Where her work is focused in assisting emerging professionals in the next steps of their careers.

Panels & Panelists

Big Brother or Big Data?

As the finance and accounting industries grow and develop, technological advancements are boosting innovation and profitability within the business world.

Panelist: Bob Whittelsey
Bob is a Principal and team leader of the Office Property Division at Colliers International Denver, where over the past three decades, has quickly become one of the top brokers in Colorado.

Panelist: Keith Robinson
Keith is a First Vice President, Family Wealth Director and financial advisor with Greenwood Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Keith began his career in 1998 at Paine Webber and has been serving the needs of his client’s and their families for over 20 years.

Organized by: Lauren Schmitz and Katie Whittlesey

Work Place Pioneers

Entering the workforce seems daunting with cubicles, employee lounges, and the mundane coffee pot conversations, but organizations are no longer taking the traditional approach. Innovation of out-of-office, or non-traditional, workspaces can cultivate employee motivation and enhance company culture.

Panelist: Kelsey Ruwe
Kelsey Ruwe is the Chief of Staff at Carson Group, overseeing Talent, Human Resources and Corporate Communications. Currently, she oversees the construction, design and development of Carson’s new $80M headquarters.

Panelist: Liz Ernst
Liz Ernst is a Training Specialist at Flywheel, working with both the Training & Development Manager and Sales leadership to ensure the Sales team has the tools they need to be successful in their work.

Organized by Alyssa Huey and Anna Hermelink

Global Logistics & How Self-Driving Trucks Might Change the World

Automation has the potential to revolutionize the shipping industry, but not everyone is on board just yet. Driverless semi trucks could mean the same day, free delivery that we all want for online shopping, but at what costs?

Panelist: Robert Brown
Mr. Brown is responsible for the federal, state, and local public and government relations for TuSimple. Working with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics in the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to TuSimple, he worked for the state of California, was Vice President at the Mitchell Firm, taught at Oxford University and University of California, San Diego.

Panelist: Jon Panzer
Jon is senior vice president, technology and strategic planning at Union Pacific where he has worked for 24 years. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon.

Organized by David Roberts and Matt Finney

Best Foot Forward

Networking, interviewing, and landing that first internship or job can be scary. You may find yourself asking, how do I effectively market myself with the experiences I’ve had? What can I do to create a competitive edge within the driven business world? What can I do to land my dream job? Tune in to discover how to put your best foot forward and take your professional brand to the next level.

Panelist: Martie Cordaro
Martie Cordaro is President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha. He was previously the Baseball America Minor League Executive of the Year and PCL Executive of the Year.

Panelist: Mary Kyle
Mary Kyle is a Senior Technology Recruiter at First National Bank of Omaha where she leads efforts for technology hiring strategy, recruiting and coaching students.

Organized by Laura Kirsch & Shaianne Sunagawa

What Drives Successful People?

From business owners to CEO’s, there is a determination to be successful that many seek to attain. What drives this motivation, how do they stay hungry and focused once they have acheived a certain level of success? What do they wish they would’ve known at the beginning of their career as to what it takes to be successful?

Panelist: Michael Rea
Dr. Michael Rea founded Rx Savings Solutions, a prescription drug savings software tool, that is used by health plans and Fortune 500 employers to help their members better understand the pharmacy benefit and make more informed decisions.

Panelist: Brad Bromlow
Brad is a former nuclear submarine officer. Worked in cost estimating engineering for BASF Chemicals. In 2018 left the corporate world to start his own cookie company “Fat and Weird Cookie Co.”

Organized by William Phillips and Jack Eckels

Investing for a Better Tomorrow

As brokerage firms and financial management services continue to simplify the underlying complexity of investing, many unexperienced investors feel more inclined to dive into the market. Despite brokerage accessibility, many individual investors lack the knowledge and ability to effectively invest for their futures. Through this panel, we hope to give insights on formulating a strategic investing plan by instilling confidence in today’s investors.

Panelist: Greg Johnson
Greg is a Wealth Advisor/Investment Banker with Sentinus. Previously, he was the founding partner at Coldwater Financial and worked at Bear Stearns, Koch Industries & Northern Trust. He is a graduate of Creighton University and received an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Panelist: Paul West
Paul West, CFP®, CAP®, is a Managing Partner at Carson Wealth. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in wealth management and has been recognized by Barron’s as a Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisor in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Organized by Brennan Horak


About Our Team

2020 Creighton Business Symposium Sponsors


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