Clear Your Schedule: There are some things you’ll want to do on Friday


In what is sure to be a whirlwind day, at least three C-Suite level executives will be visiting Ross this Friday to share insights, conduct recruitment interviews, and network with Michigan Ross students.

First up: A Marketing Maven and more than 20 recruiters

Friday at Ross
Speaker Title Time
Clive Sirkin Chief Marketing Officer, Kimberly-Clark 9:45 a.m., Blau Auditorium
Rich Lesser President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group 3 p.m., Blau Auditorium
Dick Costolo CEO, Twitter 5 p.m., Blau Auditorium

Kicking the day off will be Clive Sirkin, the Chief Marketing Officer of Kimberly-Clark, one of the largest paper-based consumer products companies on the planet. Sirkin, who is responsible for the global marketing organization for beloved brands such as Kleenex, Huggies, and Cottonelle, will be the keynote presentation for the annual Ross Marketing Symposium. He'll speak in Blau Auditorium at 9:45 a.m.

The annual, student-developed symposium "brings together marketing professionals, students and faculty to discuss the latest trends and innovations in marketing" and features panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, a case competition, and a career fair where students can meet with potential recruiters from more than 20 participating companies.

Learn more about the symposium

Then: U-M Grad Turned Consulting Superstar

Rich Lesser, the President and CEO of the Boston Consulting Group will also be speaking in Blau Auditorium on Friday. He'll take the stage from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at an event presented by the College of Engineering and Michigan Ross.

Lesser, a graduate of the University of Michigan's chemical engineering program, was named one of the world's most influential consultants in 2009 and became the CEO of BCG in January of 2013. BCG is consistently on the list of companies that hire the most Ross grads. Take a look at our 2014 Top Hiring Companies [PDF].

A Q+A will follow Lesser's talk. Follow @MichiganRoss and the tag #RossTalks to keep updated.

And Finally: The CEO of Twitter

Speaking of Twitter, Dick Costolo, the CEO of the social networking powerhouse, will also be on hand Friday for the Phi Chi Theta Economic Symposium, a student-organized event the professional business and economics fraternity uses to help promote a passion for business.

Costolo, who took the company public with a high-profile IPO at this time last year, will talk about Twitter and the economy in a Q+A style event in Blau Auditorium at 5 p.m.

You can follow Phi Chi Theta (@PCTZetaBeta) and Michigan Ross on Twitter for updates throughout the event, and use #PCTweet to engage with other participants during the discussion.

UPDATE: Phi Chi Theta has clarified that the Costolo event will be open to members of the U-M Community. Bring your M-Card to the event to gain access.

A U-M grad himself, Costolo gave the university's commencement address in 2013.

C-suite level executives visiting Ross is not unusual, of course. They meet and network and share insights with Michigan Ross students all the time — and you can take part in that yourself. Check out 60 Seconds in the C-Suite on the Michigan Ross YouTube channel for quick, one-minute videos with some of our recent executive guests.

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