Chaplin Tyler Lecture Series

The Chaplin Tyler Executive Leadership Lecture Series brings leaders from the business, non-profit and government sectors to the University of Delaware campus to share their experiences and insights with students, faculty and the business community. Several times each year, the Lerner College’s Graduate and Executive Programs office invites these leaders to spend a day engaging in an open exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The series, which is supported by the Chaplin Tyler Endowment Fund, is dedicated to the memory of Chap and Elizabeth Tyler, their commitment to education and their determination to help young people achieve success in the business world.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ralph Begleiter, Director, Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent
3:00 PM - Lecture
4:00 PM - Q&A

Purnell Hall, Room 115


Join us as Ralph Begleiter, founding director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent, discusses how social media and Internet communication revolutions have overturned a century of mainstream information media economics, ethics and standards. UD Prof. Ralph Begleiter, a former CNN world affairs correspondent who has worked in 100 countries, explores this media upheaval and its implications for a free society which depends on informed voters for good governance.

Thursday, September 23, 2014
Lawrence A. Cunni, Author & Professor
7:00 PM Lecture
8:00 PM Q&A
8:30 PM Book Signing - First 20 students to arrive will receive a free book!
Purnell Hall, Room 115

Register HERE


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Ron Insana, Author & Contributor to CNBC MSNBC
Purnell Hall, Room 115

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Application for participation in student roundtable: Click here




Speakers over the past five years are listed below. 

April 24, 2013
Purnell Hall, Room 115
3:00-4:00 Lecture
4:00-4:30 Q & A

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David Robertson is a Professor of Practice, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development.

Robertson is the author of Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation Conquered the Toy Industry, and co-author of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy. Prior to IMD, Robertson was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from MIT and BS from the University of Illinois.


Lance T. Shaner serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaner. A graduate of Alfred University, he provides the business strategy and entrepreneurial spirit for multiple companies. Under Lance’s leadership, the companies have completed over one billion dollars in transactions and have grown into a highly respected business group with over 2,500 employees.


John Partilla, Chief Operating Officer, Dentsu Network West and a 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, spoke on his media company’s unique position in today’s shifting communications landscape in a talk, “An Overview of the Dentsu Network.”






Dipak C Jain, Professor, Kellogg School of Management on “The Future of Business Schools in an Era of Global Economic Crisis”







Thomas L. Saaty, Chair University Professor, University of Pittsburgh on “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Decision Making in a Complex Environment, Why We Need More than Discussion to Understand Complexity and the Babel of Words about what to do in Iraq”







Kenneth C. Whitney, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group on “Challenges in Growing a Start-up in Investment Management”







Tony P. Zook, President and CEO, AstraZeneca NA on “Prescription of Success – What Pharma Can Do for You”

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