Why Business Leaders Need Liberal Arts

Today’s leader looks at issues from a multitude of perspectives and communicates with a diverse set of individuals. While business fundamentals go a long way in preparing students to successfully navigate organizational challenges, business skills alone can’t prepare a student for this type of holistic leadership. A business education must incorporate both liberal arts and business foundations in one comprehensive package.

“Liberal arts skills and business skills need to be combined in a way that will help individuals succeed,” says Zhan Li, dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California.View full screen here.

Executive Speaker Series

Hosted by the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), the Executive Speaker Series brings CEOs, presidents and other top corporate leaders from some of the nation’s most important companies, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations to share their views on topics of societal, academic, and professional importance.

The Executive Speaker Series strives to stimulate insightful, provocative conversation on current issues by providing a platform for high level executives to speak about cutting-edge issues, challenge conventional wisdom and tactics, elaborate on trends, share wisdom, and provide important career inspiration and advice for our students, faculty, alumni and larger Saint Mary’s community.

Upcoming Executive Speakers

Women in Leadership
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Featured Past Speakers 

A. Charles Thomas, Chief Data Officer Technology and Operations Group Wells Fargo & Company Jamie Moldafsky, Chief Marketing Officer, Wells Fargo Bernard J. Tyson, Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Permamente Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan


Sarah Friar, CFO and Operations Lead at Square Jay Vijayan, Chief Information Officer, Tesla Motors Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director & CEO McKinsey & Co.


Kris Snow, President, Cisco Captial Steve Burd, CEO of Burd Health, Former CEO of Safeway Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Cisco