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2017 College Luminaries

Luminaries return to campus each year to share their advice, insights, and perspective on leading successful, meaningful lives. In doing so, the Luminaries model the ways in which a liberal arts education can lead to many different careers and forms of success.

  • Annie Mejia

    Content Developer — acm X-eBITS

  • David Goodman

    Executive Vice President, Digital Development and Marketing — Sotheby's

  • Hilary Brandt

    Acting Deputy Director — U.S. Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State

  • James Grant

    Founder and Editor — Grant's Interest Rate Observer

  • Michael Gapen

    US Chief Economist and Managing Director — Barclays

  • Molly Watson

    Former Chief Operating Officer — Tierney

  • Sarah Fargo

    Talent Agent — Paradigm Talent Agency

2016 Luminaries

Amy Balcius
US Markets and Regions Program Director — Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Kenneth Buechler
Co-Founder — Biosite Incorporated (currently known as Alere Inc.)
Charlie Clifford
Co-Founder — Tumi Inc.
Beth Davies
Directing of Learning and Development — Tesla Motors
Eli Flournoy
Independent News Media Consultant — CNN (formerly)
James McGee
U.S. ambassador — U.S. Government
Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
Tech Advisor — GoFundMe

2015 Luminaries

Andy Carothers
Chief Operating Officer — Les Mills
Anthony DeCurtis, Ph.D.
Contributing Editor — Rolling Stone
Eric Deggans
TV Critic — NPR
Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach — Alzheimer's Association
Libby Baney
Lawyer — Faegre Baker Daniels

2014 Luminaries

Jamie Ponce
Chicago City Director — C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Marie Harf
Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications — U.S. Department of State
Paul Caine
Global Chief Revenue Officer — Bloomberg Media Group
Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D.
Helen Lehbrink Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology — Washington University in St. Louis

2013 Luminaries

Don Fehr
Executive Director — NHL Players Association
Lorna Schofield
U.S. District Judge — Southern District of New York
Robert Chapek
Chairman — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

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The Luminaries Program Council is continuously looking for outstanding alumni to feature in each year's Luminaries Weekend.

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