Seminars & lectures

Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series: Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort -Lee Cockerell

January 31, 2019
7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project. As the Senior Operating Executive at Disney for ten years Cockerell led a team of 40,000 cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee Cockerell has authored several books on leadership, management and service excellence, including Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney and The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

February 26, 2019

7 p.m.

Great Hall, Memorial Union

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility and Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. Dr. DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington College of Education. 


Eating Disorders and Weight Stigma

February 27, 2019

7 p.m.

Sun Room, Memorial Union

Sarah Thompson is a coach, consultant, and writer focused on body liberation, fat liberation, and body positivity. Their writing combines ideas from a wide range of philosophies: Body Trust, Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, Fat Liberation, eating disorder recovery, harm reduction, and more. Sarah's goal is to share what they have experienced and learned from their own journey with body liberation. Being committed to helping others, finding more freedom and compassion in their lives is what led them to advocate for and with others.


Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series: Cofounder of Bon Appétit Management Company -Fedele Bauccio

March 27, 2019
7 p.m.
Sun/South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Fedele Bauccio cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to 1,000-plus cafés located at corporations, universities, and museums in 34 states. Together Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry, both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system. From the beginning, Bon Appétit has been committed to the health of its customers, striving for the freshest ingredients and banning unhealthy ingredients such as MSG and trans fats. The launch of our Farm to Fork program in 1999 marked the first of our many commitments to widening that focus to the communities in which we operate, and to the planet itself. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to commit to serving only seafood that meets Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers (since 2002), to reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003), to switching to rBGH-free milk (2003) and cage-free shell eggs (2005), to tackling food’s role in climate change (2007), and to addressing farmworker rights(2009). In 2012 Bon Appétit announced a comprehensive animal welfare plan, including switching to humanely raised ground beef (effective immediately) and to phasing out pork raised with gestation crates by 2017. Fedele’s work has been honored by many nonprofit and industry groups. Bon Appétit has received the Rabobank Award for Sustainable Leadership and the Acterra Award for Sustainability, while Fedele was named a Most Admired CEO: Community Champion by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015 and won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Retail and Consumer Products Award, for redefining the food service industry and pioneering environmental and local sourcing policies. Previously, he received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award; one of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural Leadership Awards, along with First Lady Michelle Obama and eight others; Chefs Collaborative’s Sustainability Pathfinder Award; the Natural Resources Defense Council’s first Going Green Award; and Seafood Choices Alliance’s Seafood Champion Award. From 2006-2008, he served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. He is currently a board member of Compass Group North America. Fedele graduated from the University of Portland with a master’s degree in business administration in 1966 and a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1964. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Portland, the University of Redlands, and Notre Dame de Namur University.


The 2018 Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecture in Early Childhood Education

April 9, 2019 

7 p.m.

South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Karin Lifter is an early intervention specialist and a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. She directs the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention, which prepares personnel to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities or at risk for developmental delay as well as their families. Lifter conducts both descriptive and intervention studies on the play, language, and social development of young children with and without disabilities, bridging cognitive and behavioral theories. She and her colleagues developed the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA), and Lifter now leads Project Play, which offers a user-friendly version of the DPA and online training program for practitioners.