Each year, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business brings in top CEOs to speak in the "CEO @ Smith" speaker series. Check back soon for details on the next event. Follow online at #CEOatSmith.

Recent Event

Cathy Engelbert

March 14, 2018
Cathy Engelbert
Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte


As CEO of Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 85,000 professionals, providing services to over 80 percent of the Fortune 500.

For more than 30 years, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients and has served as a specialist in financial instruments. She previously led the US audit practice and is currently a member of Deloitte's Board of Directors.

Cathy is chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board, the chair of Catalyst, and a vice chair of the Partnership for New York City. She is a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, the Business Roundtable, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board. She also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board of Lehigh University.

She regularly speaks to media and in the marketplace relative to global business trends, the new business reality, and the dynamics of the shifts shaping the future of the workplace.

Cathy is on Fortune's Most Powerful Women for the third consecutive year. She is ranked on Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards honoring the 50 Highest Rated CEOs, and among Crain's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. Cathy is also recognized as one of Working Mother magazine's 50 Most Powerful Moms.

Cathy received a BS in accounting from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. She is married and has two children.

Concluded Events

Kees KruythoffOctober 10, 2017
Kees Kruythoff

During his long career with Unilever, Kees Kruythoff has worked in different roles within the company in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, before being appointed president of the Unilever North America cluster in 2011. Kruythoff started his career at Van den Bergh in the Netherlands where he held several marketing and sales roles. In 1999, he became vice president of marketing for the foods business in South Africa. During this period, he was also part of the Brand South Africa team to support the SA Investment Council. In 2002, he joined the Board of Unilever Bestfoods Asia as senior vice president, Beverages NEA with the intent to build a foods and beverages business in Asia. In 2004, Kruythoff returned to South Africa to take on the position as CEO of Unilever Foods. During this time he also took part in the ELIAS MIT program in an effort to bring together the three sectors of business, government and NGOs. In 2008, he became CEO for Unilever Brazil, the second largest Unilever business, and was nominated as one of the country’s top 10 sustainability leaders. Kruythoff currently serves on the board of Grocery Manufacturers Association and is the chairman of the board for Enactus Worldwide. In his personal life, he is surrounded by his wife Sabine and his daughters, Maud, Puck, Dominique, and Jasmine. Any free time he has is spent with them, playing sports or traveling around the world. Event highlights.

Arne SorensonApril 26, 2016
Arne Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Arne M. Sorenson leads Marriott International, Inc., a global leading lodging company with more than 4,400 lodging properties in 87 countries and territories, and reported revenue of more than $14 billion in FY 2015. Previously, Sorenson has served as Marriott’s chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer and president of Continental European Lodging. He co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007 and in 2008 he launched the company’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. Sorenson also chairs committees responsible for monitoring and evaluating Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities globally. Sorenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Event highlights & video.

Bill McDermottFebruary 11, 2016
Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott is a fantastic storyteller with tremendous energy. The CEO of SAP enthralled an audience of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with tales of his life experiences. From his first entrepreneurial venture, to his most memorable sale, to his an overhaul of the worst branch at Xerox, to what he learned from a terrible accident, McDermott had his audience on the edge if their seats.

“The one thing I talk a lot about is always having dreams, goals and wanting to be the absolute best at what you do for a living,” he said. “Pushing to be the best at what you do is so invigorating. … You gotta win, but you gotta win the right way. Winning the wrong way is losing in the end and your character will reveal itself. Keep that in mind as you climb the ladder.” Event highlights.

SalzbergApril 13, 2015
Barry Salzberg
CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited 

Barry Salzberg, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), spoke to students, faculty and alumni at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on April 13, 2015, at the final CEO @ Smith lecture of the semester.  In a conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Kudisch, assistant dean of corporate relations, Salzberg shared his insights on the challenges of managing an organization that spans continents: the global network has 47 member firms operating in more than 140 countries, with approximately 210,000 staff members. Event highlights.

NooyiMarch 25, 2015
Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Organizations of all sizes need more of the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades the University of Maryland, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said March 25, 2015, during CEO @ Smith at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “People often think that entrepreneurship is about the little guy, the garage tinkerer  -- David going out to battle against Goliath,” Nooyi told a packed auditorium of about 400 faculty, staff and students. “I say 'no'. I think that view of entrepreneurship is incomplete.” Event highlights & video

BushFebruary 3, 2015
Wes Bush
Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

In the largest CEO @ Smith event to date, Wes Bush, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, discussed developing critical technologies of the defense industry and developing great employees and leaders that make those technologies happen. Event highlights | Watch video

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