2024 Event Listing

James Keyes: Former CEO of 7-Eleven and Blockbuster

Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross 1 College St, Worcester, MA

Join us for a return visit by James W. Keyes to his alma mater. James is known internationally as a business and social change agent. Currently spearheading several new tech initiatives, his career has included serving as Chief Executive of two Fortune 500 companies (Blockbuster Inc. and 7-Eleven), and creating a strategic consumer product collaboration with Walmart. James is the author of the book, “Education is Freedom”, a roadmap to personal and professional growth.

“Grace” Jinliu Wang

Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA

Meet us at the Beechwood Hotel to engage with Dr. "Grace" Jinliu Wang, the distinguished 17th President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, renowned for her pioneering work in academia and research innovation. Dr. Wang's leadership at The Ohio State University and SUNY has catalyzed significant R&D advancements and fostered robust university-industry partnerships, fueling both academic and economic growth. With a career spanning influential roles from NSF to IBM/Hitachi, she brings a wealth of experience in driving technology commercialization and research excellence. Don’t miss the chance to engage with one of the leading minds at the forefront of science and engineering education.