Creighton Business Symposium


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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.

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

Creighton Business Symposium Planning Team


2018 Keynote Speakers

Emily Belden - Emily Belden is a bestselling author with the world’s largest publisher, HarperCollins. On the eve of her 30th birthday, she inked a two book deal with the powerhouse publishers, selling them a full length manuscript for a book, now on shelves, called HOT MESS, and synopsis for a second book called HUSBAND MATERIAL, due out in the Fall of 2019.

Before becoming an author, Emily tiled her bedroom floor in over 60,000 pennies – all heads up for good luck – and was then asked to be a guest on The Today Show. Her famous DIY story was covered by media outlets across the country and her platform was created. 

Emily graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelors degree in Journalism in 2008. After college, she was a freelance  copywriter at the best advertising agencies in Omaha, such as Ervin & Smith, Turnpost, Sleight, Anderson Partners, and many more. 

Though Emily lived in Southern California for two years where she was a show runner on a digital television series, she’s now back home in Chicago. Emily lives on the north side with her fiance, Matt, and her rescue dog Mr. Jarbles. 


Mark Beam - Mark Beam is the director of innovation and design in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on the development of new approaches and opportunities related to the future of work and learning through design-led experiential learning.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Beam co-developed many types of interventions with a great number of diverse partners within national and international ecosystems by combining anticipatory design, culture, collaboration, and investment through his own firm, Beam started his career on Wall Street and moved to Silicon Valley right before the tech bubble burst. Beam is known for being a futurist of sorts, and has consistently stayed on the forefront of upcoming business trends. 

Beam earned a Bachelor of Science in business, a Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from Creighton University. He is the author of the forthcoming book, INTEGRITY: The Search for ME in the Age of We. Beam has served as a board member for several organizations, including the Buckminster Fuller Institute in San Francisco and CATAPULTA in Mexico. He is also a co-founder of SOCAP, the Social Capital Market Conference. Beam is a frequent keynote speaker for events in the United States and internationally.

    Meet the Planning Team


    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


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