Creighton Business Symposium



The Creighton Business Symposium 

Since 2004, the Creighton Business Symposium has brought together the Creighton community and global business executives to discuss current issues in today’s dynamic business environment.

The conference features keynote addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions for you to network with inspiring business leaders and to lay the foundation for future internships and full-time career opportunities as a part of the Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program.

Students are in charge of fundraising upwards of $50,000 a year, obtaining corporate sponsorships and choosing the theme of the symposium. Students also help recruit panel participants and keynote speakers.

2019 Creighton Business Symposium 

Fri, October 25, 2019
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM CDT
CHI Health Center Omaha


2019 Keynote Speakers

Ron Carson is founder and CEO of Inc. 5000 firm Carson Group, a Barron’s Hall-of-Fame wealth advisor, one of Forbes top wealth advisors in America, radio talk show host, Forbes contributor and New York Times bestselling author. Ron is regularly featured on national broadcasts including FOX Business, Bloomberg, and CNBC and serves on the Financial Advisor Council of CNBC. Throughout 35 years as a financial advisor and entrepreneur, Ron has always believed in fulfilling a deep-seeded purpose to be the most trusted for financial advice – to provide families and individuals with straightforward guidance, extensive expertise, and full transparency when it comes to planning their financial future. From the humble beginnings of starting his business out of his college dorm room in the early 80s, Ronhas grown to become an industry Innovator, influencer, and leader of a now 200+ person firm that has been recognized as a Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors and a Best Places to Work in Fintech. Other academic credentials include being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Fund Specialist, and a Chartered Financial Consultant. In addition to serving clients through Carson Wealth, Ron also founded Carson Coaching and Carson Partners - firms offering consulting, coaching and partnership services to more than 1200 firms – and 5000 advisors - across the U.S.


Jane Miller is a thought leader in performance management, leadership and organizational identity. She is passionate about maximizing the potential of employees and celebrating and developing talent for the future. Over her career, Jane has helped revolutionize the workplace through a unique and groundbreaking philosophy that emphasizes strengths as the lens through which organizations can select, manage, motivate, develop and ultimately engage employees. Jane is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Gallup and also serves as a director and an owner. She is responsible for all operational and client service aspects of the forward-thinking research, consulting and education organization. Her leadership team represents the best practices of The Gallup Path, an innovative framework for driving business performance. Jane is particularly committed to creating exceptional workplaces. Her community leadership currently includes: Trustee of the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the Business Ethics Alliance and serving on the boards of the Omaha Zoological Society and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Jane is a recipient of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership Award and has been inducted into the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Jane was also on the Creighton Board for 12 years and is now currently on the University of Nebraska Lincoln Foundation.


In April 2018, Judith Kohoskie Ricketts was named Managing Director of Investor Services at TD Ameritrade, and is responsible for leading 2500 Associates in the retail client experience contact centers across four locations nationwide. Prior to her current role, Judy was Managing Director of TD Ameritrade Clearing Operations and oversaw all functions for the broker dealer. She also served as the President of TD Ameritrade Clearing Inc., the company’s clearing broker dealer. In February 2018, the Clearing Operations team, under her leadership, completed the nearly flawless conversion of 4 million Scottrade brokerage accounts to the TD Ameritrade platform. With more than 22 years of corporate experience at TD Ameritrade, her expertise includes retail brokerage, brokerage operations, project management, technology implementation, and system customization. During her tenure, she’s also served in leadership roles in Retail Brokerage Services, Technology Portfolio Management and Mergers and Acquisitions.


    Meet the Planning Team




    Past Speakers have included: 

    • William Fox, BA’84, JD’87, Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance for Bank of America
    • Debra Moritz, BSBA’84,  U.S. Head of Business Consulting for Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
    • Dr. Peter Leddy, BA’85, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Life Technologies
    • Sheila Nix, BSBA’83, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden


    Theme: Collaboration: Risk: The Foundation of Growth
    Keynotes: Emily Belden BA’08, Author, Harlequin and Mark Beam BSBA’80, MBA & JD’83, Director of Innovation/Design in Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

    Theme: Collaboration: The Fast Track to Innovation
    Keynotes: Healey Cypher, Co-Founder and CEO, OAK Labs Inc. and Hans Hartman, Former COO of Fitbit & Oculus, a Facebook Company

    Theme: Matching Passion with Profit
    Keynotes: Jayme Martin, VP and GM of Global Categories, Nike Inc. and Jeanne Sullivan, Founder and Chief Inspirational Officer of Sullivan Adventures

    Theme:  Bridging Business with the World Around Us
    Keynotes: Tom Copeman, Vice President, Business Development, Air Weapons Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tom Weir, Vice President & Treasurer American Airlines Group, Inc

    Theme: Inspiring Ethical Leadership for a Changing World
    Keynotes: William Fox, ’84 and JD’87, Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance, Bank of America
    Debra Moritz, ’84, U.S. Head of Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

    Theme:  A Decade of Excellence
    Keynotes: Nick Ghoussaini, Senior Operating Partner, Triton
    Bruce Rasmussen, Director of Athletics, Creighton University

    Keynotes: Peter Leddy, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Life Technologies,
    Jenny Hansen, West Corp.

    Theme:  Emerging Leaders.  Educating Change.
    Keynotes: Steve Luczo, CEO, Seagate Technology
    Shelia Nix, United States Executive Director,
    Symposium hosts its first workshop, “Ready, Set, Pitch,” where students were able to market a product in front of a panel of judges.

    Theme:  Learning with Passion, Leading with Excellence
    Keynotes: Tony Audino, CEO, Conenza, Inc.
    Mr. Donald Bisenius, Executive Vice President of the Single-Family Credit Guarantee (Freddie Mac)
    Ms. Abby Bruning, Footwear Merchandiser at Nike
    Special Agent Bob Herndon, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Mr. Mike Rock, Vice President of External Relations at Union Pacific