Alumni Breakfast Series

Alumni Breakfast SeriesThe Alumni Breakfast Series provides a relaxed and informal setting where students can learn from the personal and professional experiences of high-achieving alumni leaders in a wide range of industries, including CPG, technology, retail, and entrepreneurship.

Limited to small groups of students and alumni, these intimate breakfasts take place at Gleacher Center during the academic year. They are cohosted by the Kilts Center and Booth’s Alumni Relations team.

Featured alumni have included Scott Uzzell, ’98, president of venturing and emerging brands at the Coca-Cola Company, who discussed his experience heading marketing and strategy efforts in the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, and Eileen Serra, ’80, senior advisor at JPMorgan Chase & Co., who shared insights from her 20-plus years of experience leading top finance companies like Merrill Lynch, Frontline Capital, and American Express.

Upcoming Workshops

Alumni Breakfast Series events take place throughout the year. Updates for the next event will be available in Winter Quarter 2020.

Past Events

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KURT T. SCHMIDT, ‘90 (XP-59)

RETIRED CEO, BLUE BUFFALO; BOARD MEMBER, CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

Kurt T. Schmidt served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. from 2012 through 2016. Prior to joining Blue Buffalo, Mr. Schmidt was Deputy Executive Vice President at Nestlé S.A., where he was responsible for the Nestlé Nutrition division and served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Mr. Schmidt joined Nestlé in 2007 as part of its acquisition of Gerber Products from Novartis, where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Products Company from 2004 to 2007. He is also an investor and advisory Board Member to several startups.

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Heather Mason, '86

Retired Executive Vice President, Abbott

Heather Mason is an accomplished corporate executive, leader, and strategist with over 25 years of experience building and restructuring organizations for rapid, sustained growth. Throughout her career, she has steered multibillion‐dollar businesses through major industry and economic changes—growing profits and outpacing competitors around the world. For most of her career, Heather served as a corporate officer of Abbott Laboratories. As head of Abbott Nutrition, she overhauled the $7 billion consumer‐focused business to deliver products that were first and fast to market, with rising gross margin profiles. Her efforts increased free cash flow and delivered above‐market growth in the U.S., China, and Southeast Asia.

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Erdogan Cesmeli, '06

Head, Go to Market for Watson Health Hybrid & Multicloud Ecosystem, IBM Watson Health

In January 2018, Erdogan started a new chapter in his career by joining IBM Watson Health. In his role, he lead Channels, Partnerships, Solutions & International marketing for IBM Watson Health, based in Cambridge, MA. The mission was to attract, enable, and collaborate with partners and international clients by addressing their unmet needs to achieve their clinical, financial, and operational outcomes for mutual growth. As of August 2019, Erdogan now leads the go to market strategy implementation by mobilizing an interdisciplinary team to drive growth for IBM Watson Health along with its clients and partners.

Terry Peigh

Terry Peigh, ‘76

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Interpublic Group

Kurt T. Schmidt served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. from 2012 through 2016. Prior to joining Blue Buffalo, Mr. Schmidt was Deputy Executive Vice President at Nestlé S.A., where he was responsible for the Nestlé Nutrition division and served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Mr. Schmidt joined Nestlé in 2007 as part of its acquisition of Gerber Products from Novartis, where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Products Company from 2004 to 2007. He is also an investor and advisory Board Member to several startups.

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Plug into Our Powerful, Collaborative Alumni Network

The Alumni Breakfast Series is just one way the Kilts Center engages our dynamic alumni community and provides avenues for students to gain insights from accomplished alumni across all industries. Through mentoring opportunities, Kilts Center programming, and events such as the Marketing Day Forum, the Kilts Center builds a community that supports marketing professionals and fosters their career growth.

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