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Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectures

Brian Callaghan

In a talk in September, Richmond, Va., entrepreneur and investor Brian Callaghan (PSYC '93) shared the lessons he learned in launching, growing, and eventually selling one of the most successful information technology staffing companies in the country. He also offered career advice to students.

Callaghan co-founded Apex Systems in 1995, at age 24, with fellow Tech alumni Jeff Veatch (FIN '93) and Edwin (Win) Sheridan (PSCI '94). Apex was the nation's sixth largest IT staffing firm, with more than $700 million in revenue in 2012, when it was acquired by On Assignment, a global IT and health care staffing and services provider based in California. With the acquisition, Callaghan and his co-CEOs relinquished their roles and joined the board of On Assignment. Read more about Apex in the fall 2012 Pamplin magazine.

Lectures were given earlier this year by Michael Aldrich (FIN '02), head of client service of Brown Advisory in Baltimore, Md., who discussed the importance of developing good plans to achieve professional goals, and by New York City real estate agent and author Susan Phillips Bari (MBA '85), who discussed the challenges of transitioning to life and work in the Big Apple in her talk, “So You Want to Live in Manhattan.”

Michael Aldrich

Aldrich oversees and manages the service professionals at the independently-owned investment firm, which manages more than $32 billion in family and institutional assets. He is a member of the finance department's advisory board.



Susan Phillips Bari

Bari is an agent at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which she joined in 2010 after a long career as an advocate of women-owned businesses. She is a member of the Pamplin Advisory Council and has served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. She is the author of four books, including "The Guide to Moving Mom." Read more about Bari in the fall 2012 Pamplin magazine.


Cutchins Distinguished Lecture

Christine Todd Whitman

Former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman gave the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture, “Women, Leadership, Power, and Politics: Overcoming Obstacles.” Including personal anecdotes and hard-won advice from her more than three decades in politics and public service, Whitman offered her perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing women in the public and private sector workplace.


BB&T Distinguished Lecture

Michael Greve

George Mason University law professor Michael Greve discussed the federal debt and the Constitution. A specialist in constitutional law and business regulation, Greve is the author of nine books, including “The Upside-Down Constitution,” and is a regular contributor to the Liberty Law Blog.



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