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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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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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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.

Joseph Hezir speaking at Heinz College
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
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor speaking at Heinz College

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.

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.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking at Heinz College