Handleman Lecture Series

The Joseph and Sally Handleman Charitable Foundation provided a gift to the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 2008 to establish the annual Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture.

Topics of the Handleman Lecture series focus on cutting edge issues and keep students in the forefront of emerging business challenges and opportunities. The University intends that the Handleman Lecture is the premier showcase for CEOs, policy leaders, and industry experts at Michigan Ross.

Previous Handleman Lecture Series events:


October 10, 2023

Nick Hornby
A Conversation on Genius Industry Disruptors

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

Isabel Wilkerson
The Caste System and How Business Can Disrupt It

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Esther Duflo
Good Economics for Increasingly Uncertain Times


Jacqueline Novogratz
Business Leadership in Extraordinary Times

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Powerful Forces for Positive Change


SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Neri Oxman
​MIT Professor
Shake Off Your Labels And You'll Unlock The True Power of Creative Thinking

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Daniel Pink
Job Security Now Depends on ‘Giving People Something They Didn’t Know They Wanted’

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell
The Innovator's Heart: The Social Context of Entrepreneurship

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Chris Hughes 
Co-Founder, Facebook
Silicon Valley Contagion: How the Practices and Principles of Entrepreneurship are Changing Business, Government, and Society

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Sallie Krawcheck 
Chair of Ellevate, Former President of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America; Former CEO and chairman for Citi Global Wealth Management
A Conversation with Sallie Krawcheck and Alison Davis-Blake


FEBRUARY 6, 2014

Mark Reuss 
Executive VP Global Product Development
GM Driving Innovation: The Road to Leadership Today and Tomorrow

AUGUST 28, 2013

Peter Thum
Founder of Ethos Water
Ross Impact Challenge Keynote​: Are You Seeking Out Deeply Moving Experiences? 

February 11, 2013

Mark Fields
COO, Ford Motor Company
The Ford Story: Serving Customers and Delivering Profitable Growth

AUGUST 30, 2012

Robert Safian 
Editor and Managing Director, Fast Company
RLI Foundation Session Keynote​: The Secrets of Generation Flux