Guest Lectures

Guest lectures are held several times per quarter for MSIT students on Saturday class days. Talks are presented over the lunch hour by experienced business and information technology professionals on varying topics focused centrally on technology and leadership.


Speaker: Sally Martin - President and Owner of Palace Gate Corporation 
Topic: How to "Speak to the Business" in Resumes and Interviews

JANUARY 28TH, 2017

Speaker: Tony Tang - MSIT 2006 Alumnus, Sr. Enterprise Systems Engineer at Apple
Topic: Apple and the Environment

OCTOBER 29TH, 2016

Speaker: Helen Oloroso - Assistant Dean and Director of Engineering Career Development (ECD), and Brett Boettcher - Associate Director of Professional Program Strategy & Management of the Northwestern Career Advancement Center (NCA)
Topic: IT Career Trends and Northwestern Career Resources for Students and Alumni

OCTOBER 15TH, 2016

Speaker: Bill Chafetz - Senior Performance Consultant, and Samir Desai - Executive Director of the Learning and Organization Development division of the Office of Human Resources
Topic: Leadership and Organizational Development


Speaker: Kunal Grover - Part-time MSIT Student, Class of 2017  
Topic: Virtual Reality

MARCH 26TH, 2016

Speaker: Melissa Crounse - Executive Director of The Garage at Northwestern
Topic: My Decade in Silicon Valley and Lessons Learned for Building The Garage and the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Thinkers

JANUARY 30TH, 2016

Speaker: Kevin Glynn - Chair of the MSIT Industry Advisory Board (IAB)
Topic: The CIO Path and High Performance Teams

JANUARY 9Th, 2016

Speaker: Helen Oloroso - Assistant Dean and Director of Engineering Career Development (ECD), and Larry Jackson - Assistant Director of the Career Management Center of Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA)
Topic: IT Career Trends and Northwestern Career Resources for Students and Alumni

October 10th, 2015

Speaker: Tony Tang - MSIT 2006 Alumnus, Sr. Enterprise Systems Engineer at Apple

APRIL 4TH, 2015

Speaker: Bob Gariano - MSIT 2006 Alumnus, President and CEO of Robert Gariano Associates
Topic: Chief Information Officers


Speaker: Kevin Glynn - Chair of the MSIT Industry Advisory Board (IAB)
Topic: How Would You Lead

MARCH 8TH, 2014

Speakers: Alumni Panel – Todd Spight - MSIT 2012 Alumnus (Panel Moderator), Glenn Allison - MSIT 2008 Alumnus, Susan Liu - MSIT 2011 Alumna, Erik Neitzel - MSIT 2005 Alumnus
Topic: Leveraging Your MSIT Degree: Experiences from Alumni on Career Advancement, Networking and Putting the MSIT Degree to Work for You

JANUARY 18TH, 2014

Speaker: Michael Oberlander - Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at WMS Gaming, Inc.
Topic: Lean Principles as a Business Strategy

APRIL 20TH, 2013

Speaker: Demetrios Lazarikos - Chief Information Security Officer at Sears Holding Corporation
Topic: Cyber Criminal Ecosystem

MARCH 2ND, 2013

Speaker: Neil S. Novich - Director of W.W. Grainger, Inc. 
Topic: What’s Your Boss Really Thinking… And What Should They Be Thinking About?


Speaker: Carlos Minetti - Executive Vice President of Cardmember Services at Discover Financial Services
Topic: Utilizing Technology to Improve Net Interest Margin

JANUARY 19TH, 2013

Speaker: Phil LeBrun - Senior Director of Worldwide Retail Technology at McDonald’s Corporation
Topic: The Psychology of Technology

JANUARY 12TH, 2013

Speaker: Larry Jackson - Assistant Director for Science, Engineering and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University Career Advancement
Topic: Career Resources at Northwestern

OCTOBER 15TH, 2012

Speaker: Mike Marasco - Director at Northwestern University Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Topic: NUvention


Speaker: Bob Gariano - MSIT 2006 Alumnus, President and CEO of Robert Gariano Associates
Topic: What Chief Executive Officers Want in Their Chief Information Officers

MAY 5TH, 2012

Speaker: Fred Hoch - President of Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
Topic: Illinois IT: Present and Future

April 7th, 2012

Speaker: Adam Goodman - Director of the Northwestern Center for Leadership
Topic: How IT Managers Effectively Lead

OCTOBER 12TH, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kumiega - Director of Quality at Infinium Capital Management
Topic: Software Development Framework for Programming Complex Mathematical Algorithms

APRIL 23RD, 2011

Speaker: Larry Dribin - Pearl Street Group, Inc. and DePaul University
Topic: SDLC and GSEP - What’s That?


Speaker: Mitch Greenwald - Founder of Cloudbakers
Topic: The Business Benefits of Google Apps


Speaker: Charles Stephens - Director of Operations at Threadless and Cam Balzer - Vice President of Marketing at Threadless
Topic: Crowdsourcing - How the Crowd is Changing How Business is Done


Speaker: Sandra J.H. Rolnicki - MSIT 2003 Alumnus, Sr. Vice President, Global Internal Audit Group of Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Topic: Fraud Prevention and Detection for IT Professionals

OCTOBER 10TH, 2009

Speaker: Marcus Hogue - MSIT 2010 Alumnus
Topic: Lessons from a Bootstrap Startup

APRIL 11TH, 2009

Speaker: Jibran Ilyas - MSIT 2009 Alumnus
Topic: How Hackers are Stealing Data for Financial Gains in the 21st Century


Speaker: Jeff Norris
Topic: Agile Software Development

JANUARY 20TH, 2009

Speaker: Eric Leighninger - Chief Security Architect at Allstate Insurance Company
Topic: Digital Identities, Trust and Enterprise 2.0: A Security Engineering Perspective

OCTOBER 15TH, 2008

Speaker: Andrew Mason and Ken Pelletier
Topic: Building a Small Business

OCTOBER 10TH, 2008

Speaker: Dr. McNeeley - President of Chicago Tube and Iron Company, Paul Murray - First Vice President Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, and Patrick Callaghan – Vice President Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Topic: Wall Street Illusions and Intrusions