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Guest Speakers

Interact with the World's Foremost Thought Leaders Without Leaving Hamburg Hall

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Each week, Heinz College welcomes to Hamburg Hall and the greater CMU campus internationally renowned leaders in fields ranging from policy and cybersecurity to information technology and arts management. Our guest speakers, many of whom are Heinz College alumni who have walked a similar path to our current students, will give you the unique opportunity to learn from and network with leading professionals in the very classrooms in which you study, and provide you with tips to help you forge your own desired career path after graduation.

President Barack Obama speaking with a panelist at the 2016 White House Frontiers Conference at Carnegie Mellon University

President Barack Obama

In October of 2016, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Senator Bernie Sanders

In September of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a packed crowd at Carnegie Mellon University’s Skibo Gymnasium.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaking at Carnegie Mellon University
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking to Carnegie Mellon students at the CMU Robotics Institute

Hillary Rodham Clinton

In April of 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton toured the CMU Robotics Institute and spoke at Carnegie Mellon University during National Robotics Week.

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Carmen Yulín Cruz

Alumna Carmen Yulín Cruz (MSPPM ’86), Mayor of San Juan, returned to Heinz College to talk about climate change, disaster relief, and the need for resilient infrastructure.

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Dr. Naudia Jonassaint

Dr. Naudia Jonassaint, Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion and Medical Director of Hepatology at UPMC, visited Hamburg Hall to give a leader's perspective on equity and inclusion.

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Senator Bob Casey

In 2019, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) had a candid conversation with Heinz College policy students on adversity, getting things done in a time of division, and leading with conscience.

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Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times best-selling author of “So You Want to Talk About Race," spoke to Heinz College students about the complex reality of today’s racial landscape in America.

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Mitch Glazier

Mitch Glazier, Chariman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, visited Heinz College to talk about his work ensuring that the 2018 U.S. Music Modernization Act was signed into law.

Mitch Glazier speaking at Heinz College
Yolanda Martínez Mancilla speaking at Heinz College

Yolanda Martínez Mancilla

Alumna Yolanda Martínez Mancilla (MSPPM '06), National Digital Coordinator for the Office of the President, Mexico, spoke to students about Mexico’s implementation of AI technologies.

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Joseph Hezir

CMU Alumnus Joseph Hezir (MSPPM ’74), former Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, answered Heinz College student questions about the future of energy efficiency.

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Martin O'Malley speaking at Heinz College

Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland and Senior Fellow of the MetroLab Network, visited Hamburg Hall in November of 2016 to discuss cutting-edge Smart City research.

Glenn Lowry

Glenn Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, spoke to Heinz College students about the leadership challenges involved in managing one of the world’s most recognized names in art.

Glenn Lowry speaking at Heinz College
Trudi Biggs McCanna working with Heinz College students at Hamburg Hall

Trudi Biggs McCanna

Heinz College alumna Trudi Biggs McCanna (MAM ’95), Head of Leadership Development for Google, visited Hamburg Hall to share strategies for developing strong and effective leadership skills.

Dr. Gary J. Gates

Heinz College alumnus Dr. Gary J. Gates (Ph.D. ‘00) visited campus to talk about his groundbreaking demographic, geographic, and economic research on LGBT individuals and families.

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Dr. Gary J. Gates speaking at Carnegie Mellon University
Chiho Feindler at Heinz College

Chiho Feindler

Chiho Fendler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, visited Heinz College to speak to students about policy-driven music education leadership and initiatives.

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Alumna Kimberly Ellison-Taylor (MSIT ’06), Global Accounting Strategy Director at Oracle, talked to current Heinz College students about technical skills for the financial strategist.

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor speaking at Heinz College
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking at Heinz College

Governor Tom Wolf

In March of 2016, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania visited Heinz College to discuss the innovative research our faculty members are conducting and implementing in the smart mobility sector.

Aubrey Bergauer

Aubrey Bergauer, Chief Executive Officer of Changing the Narrative, spoke to Heinz College arts management students about what characteristics make an orchestra relevant in 2019.

Afua Bruce at Heinz College

Afua Bruce

Afua Bruce, Director of Engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program shared her journey as a public interest technologist with Heinz College students.

Senator Pat Toomey

In 2014, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) visited Heinz College to share with students his ideas on the importance of leadership and how to achieve goals in the face of adversity.

Senator Pat Toomey at Heinz College
Dr. Alondra Nelson at Heinz College

Dr. Alondra Nelson

Dr. Alondra Nelson, President of the Social Science Research Council, visited Hamburg Hall to discuss her research for her most recent book, “The Social Life of DNA.”

Ambassador William Taylor

In May of 2020, William Taylor talked about his experiences as the former chargé in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and his 2019 testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee.

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Wade Warren

Wade Warren shared leadership strategies through the lens of his work leading the U.S. and international responses to the 2014 Ebola outbreak during his time at USAID.

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Susan Reichle

Susan Reichle of the International Youth Foundation recounted her experiences leading the U.S. response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Anthony F. Pipa

Anthony F. Pipa of The Brookings Institution shared his crisis response experiences on the ground in the early days after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans.

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