Through a gift to Drake nearly 30 years ago, Martin and Melva Bucksbaum launched their vision for sparking community discussion about the most poignant issues of our time.
Over the years, their lectureship series has included world-renowned speakers, Maya Angelou, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Bob Woodward, and many other inspiring voices. Thanks to an additional gift from Melva Bucksbaum and Mary Bucksbaum, the well-established lecture series expanded to launch the Inaugural Bucksbaum Lectureship in Business in 2023.
Hearing from recognized leaders gives Drake students and community members access to powerful conversations and a broader global perspective. These free events further strengthen the powerful tie between the University and the Greater Des Moines area.
Each lecture in this prominent series includes a new voice and inspiring insights from a nationally acclaimed speaker. With a focus on liberal arts, the speaking series covers a wide range of topics that sharpen leadership skills and critical thinking. Students and community members who attend leave with a wider view of the world around us.
Managed through Drake’s Zimpleman College of Business, this new lecture series addresses topics at the intersection of business and society. Students and community members are invited to take part in an intellectual conversation with some of the nation’s foremost thought leaders to discuss how business and entrepreneurialism can make both an economic and societal impact.
For more information, contact Erica Hartschen, Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement, at 515-271-4990 or email@example.com.