Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series

What does it mean to be a business leader with a conscience?

How can Cardinal Stritch graduates be successful in meeting the challenge of balancing people, planet and profit? Attendees at the Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series learn from leaders in the field who have discovered responsible ways to navigate complex business environments and who want to employ people who know how to collaborate and make decisions that are innovative and ethical.

Each presentation takes place in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center in Bonaventure Hall on the Main Campus. Keynote conversation begins at 6 p.m. for alumni, students and community.  A 7 p.m. reception, with the speaker, follows. There is no cost to attend, compliments of the Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association and University Advancement. Space is limited. RSVP online by visiting or call Michelle at (414) 410-4939.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mark Gesner at For more information about the creation and vision of the Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series click here.

Upcoming Speakers

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
6:00 pm - Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Brian Dunsirn
Brian Dunsirn, B.S. Management, ’86
Menasha, WI
Entrepreneur Mentoring Others
Brian Dunsirn has served as Chairman and CEO of Dunsirn Partners, a management oriented private equity firm since 2002.  He serves on the board of the World President’s Organization, a global community for chief executives dedicated to becoming better leaders through education and idea exchange. Brian also serves on the board of the ThedaCare Medical Foundation, TBM Owners and Pilots Association and is an active member of CEO. Dunsirn enjoys discussing entrepreneurship on college campuses and served recently as a panelist in Milwaukee at a Forum on Mergers and Acquisitions.  He is an avid pilot and travels extensively with his family.

Monday, October 19, 2015
6:00 pm - Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Shary Tran
Shary Tran, M.B.A. Business Administration, ’08
Milwaukee, WI
Executive Embracing Cultural Competence

Shary Tran currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her family’s immigration experience combined with her interest in multi-culturalism has influenced her career path. She develops a broad range of strategies to support diversity and inclusion in the areas of education, workforce development, recruitment, retention, staff engagement, employee resource groups and community engagement.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:00 pm - Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Garfield Plunkett
Garfield Plunkett, M.B.A. Business Administration, ’09
Milwaukee, WI
Real Estate Developer Transforming Lives.
Garfield Plunkett left Jamaica and a successful management position to become a sales associate at Home Depot here in the United States. Drawing upon everything he learned at Home Depot, he began to buy and rehab properties in the Milwaukee area. As the owner of GAP Investment & Management, Plunkett now owns a sizable real estate portfolio and provides housing for underserved populations.

Recordings of Past Speakers

James “Jim” Lindenberg, (MBA '93) 
President, Lindy Enterprises
April 20, 2015 Jim Lindenberg video 

Susan Marshall (BSM '86) 
Founder, The Backbone Institute
March 26, 2015 Susan Marshall video 

Ray Allen (MSM '85) 
Publisher, The Madison Times
Deputy Secretary, State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
 February 17, 2015 Ray Allen video 

Michael Steger (ASB '97, BSM '99, MBA '05) 
VP & Chief Operating Officer, Waukesha Metal Products 
January 28, 2015 Michael Steger video

Tina Beckett (MBA '05)
Owner, Massage Envy Spa
November 13, 2014 Tina Beckett video

Silvia Perez-Rathell (MSM '05)
National Senior Director
Corporate and Federal Relations League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
October 14, 2014 Silvia Perez-Rathell video

Brian J. King, (BA '88)
Global Brand Office for Marriott Endorsed Brands at Marriott International
September 22, 2014 Brian King video

John Rupcich (M.B.A., '96)
Life Style Staffing
April 30, 2014   John Rupcich video

Lori Craig (B.A., '92, M.S.M., '09)
Senior VP and Market Executive
PNC Wealth Management
March 11, 2014   Lori Craig video

Leonard Peace (A.S.B., '06, B.A., '08)
Public Affairs Specialist
Feb. 10, 2014   Leonard Peace video

Jeffrey Speller, '13
Operations Manager
Boyle Fredrickson, S.C.
Nov. 21, 2013     Jeffrey Speller video

Janice Ochenkowski, '70
Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle
Oct. 22, 2013     Janice Ochenkowski video

Omar Shaikh (B.A., '00)
Co-owner and President
SURG Restaurant Group
Sept. 18, 2013   Omar Shaikh video

Dr. Eve Hall (Ph.D., '09)  President/CEO
Milwaukee African American Chamber of Commerce
May 9, 2013     Eve Hall video

William O’Toole (M.B.A., ’91)   President and CEO
Catholic Financial Life
April 22, 2013

Dr. Tina Koehn (Ph.D., '10; M.B.A., '02) Vice President
March 11, 2013