The Rinker School of Business Speaker Series is designed to provide students with
the opportunity to learn and grow from regular business-leader exchanges. Each semester,
we host at least one senior executive-level speaker, often in tandem with the Titus
Center for Franchising.
Dr. Art Laffer – Distinguished Presidential Economist
On November 4th, distinguished economist Dr. Art B. Laffer spoke to more than 300
business students, faculty and community members in the DeSantis Family Chapel. His
talk focused on the relationship between lower taxes and economic prosperity. Young
America's Foudation sponsored Laffer's talk, which was hosted by Rinker School of
Business Dean Brian Strow. See a summary of the talk here.
Jim Inglis – Former Executive Vice President of Home Depot
On Sept. 24, 2021, Jim shared the story of Home Depot’s emergence as a home center
retail disrupter in the 1980s, followed by his 10 Principles for Break-Through Retailing,
as told in his new book, “Break-through Retailing: How a Bleeding Orange Culture Can
Change Everything.” See a summary of the talk here.