Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series was established in 1995 through the generous support of the Honorable Julia Chang Bloch and Stuart Marshall Bloch, A.B. '64, and designed to provide recognition to a University of Miami alumnus/a who has distinguished themselves and their alma mater through lifetime achievement and professional accomplishments.

Next Distinguished Alumni Lecture coming soon – February 2016!

Past Distinguished Alumni Lecturers

Sam Daley-Harris, B.M. ’69, M.M. ’75

Sam Daley-Harris

CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation
Thursday, January 15, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida

Making the Difference You’ve Always Dreamed of Making
Recent headlines can make one throw up their hands in despair. But hopelessness will never enable one to make a difference on peace or social and environmental issues. Sam Daley-Harris shared insights and strategies from the 20th anniversary edition of his book Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government on ways to make a profound difference in the public sphere.


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Sam Daley-Harris is the founder of RESULTS, an international citizens lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. In 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus said: “….no other organization has been as critical a partner in seeing to it that microcredit is used as a tool to eradicate poverty and empower women than RESULTS.” Daley-Harris also founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund. Its 1997 Microcredit Summit was attended by more than 2,900 delegates from 137 countries and launched a campaign to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families with credit for self-employment and other financial and business services—a goal that was surpassed in 2007. In 2012 Daley-Harris launched the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, which helps organizations train their members to create champions in Congress and the media for their cause.

Daley-Harris has degrees in music from the University of Miami, played percussion in the Miami Philharmonic for 12 years, taught music, and is a songwriter. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Micah and Sophie.

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Herbert A. Rosenfeld, B.Ed. ’62

Herbert A. Rosenfeld

President, Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery
Monday, February 24, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida

A Journey thru Four Careers
Herbert A. Rosenfeld, B.Ed. ’62, President of Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, shared his career path to leadership and achieving excellence in arts, business, education, and sports.


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Mr. Herbert A. Rosenfeld is President of Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, a family owned gallery since 1970. He and his wife, Michelle, focus on modern and contemporary Masters of the 20th and 21st centuries. The gallery has presented exhibitions and sold; Arman, Braque, Chadwick, Chagall, Condo, Chun, Dubuffet, Dufy, Francis, Gleize, Gris, Katz, Leger, Lichtenstein, Metzinger, Miro, Moore, Murakami, Picasso, Pissaro, Renoir, Rivers, Sisley, Van Dongen, Warhol, Wesselman, to name a few.

Prior to working for Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, Mr. Rosenfeld served as president of Macgregor Sporting Goods, manufacturing an array of sporting equipment. Herbert was responsible for the growth of the company's global business portfolio, which included brands such as MacGregor Team Sports, Riddell Helmets, Reebok and Champion. Through Herbert’s leadership, he successfully grew the company from $18 million to more than $900 million.

With more than 45 years of corporate experience, Herbert currently lectures on Art as an Alternative Asset in the Visiting Scholars Program in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. In addition, Herbert works closely with Harvard’s Athletic Department and the Men’s Basketball Department in developing a winning program and recruiting outstanding student athletes. As a result of Herbert’s passion in building excellence, the basketball team has won four Ivy League Championships in six years.

Mr. Rosenfeld is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a degree in Education.

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Michael "Pete" J. Piechoski, B.B.A. ’76

Michael "Pete" J. Piechoski

Senior Vice President and CFO, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida

Meeting Today's Leadership Challenges in a Complex World
Pete Piechoski, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., shared his career path to leadership and successes competing in the global business environment.


Video of Mr. Piechoski’s lecture coming soon!

Pete Piechoski is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., a $10 billion company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. One of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations, Kiewit serves a variety of markets, including transportation, water, heavy civil, power, oil, gas, chemical, building, and mining. The firm was named to the 2011 list of North American Top Companies for Leaders. Prior to joining Kiewit in 1983, he worked as an international cost manager for Abbott Laboratories and as a staff auditor for Arthur Andersen. In addition to his accounting degree from the University of Miami, Piechoski holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Piechoski has served on the boards of various organizations, including USA Bobsled and Skeleton; University of Miami President’s Council; U.S. Bank Advisory Board of Omaha, Nebraska; Omaha Community Foundation; United Way of the Midlands; Omaha Children's Museum; College World Series of Omaha; and Marian Catholic High School. He and his wife, Jeri, have two children, Alex and Brad, both of whom have engineering degrees. Brad is a recent graduate of the University of Miami.

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Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84

Sam Daley-Harris

President and CEO, Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida

Leading with Innovation: Building a Thriving Family Business
Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, president and CEO of Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A., shared his success and challenges in managing and growing an innovative, sustainable family business.


Named president and CEO in 2005 of Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A., which he had been running since 1987, Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84, is the fifth generation to manage his family's wine company, located since 1890 in Haro, Spain. In 1995 he was inducted as the youngest member of La Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino, an order that recognizes individuals in the UK Trade who show exceptional dedication to promoting the quality wines of Spain. In 2006 he founded the Association of Centenary and Traditional Wineries and appointed a member of the Basque Academy of Gastronomy. In 2007 he founded and chaired the Asociación para el Desarrollo Turístico Barrio de la Estación, which promotes tourism in the city of Haro, La Rioja, one of the top wine-tourism destinations in Europe. He is also the former president of La Fundación para la Cultura del Vino, an organization of public and private entities that educate the community on wine culture, serve as a link between consumers and the wine industry, and support the Spanish wine industry.

Aranzabal has been a guest lecturer on international trade and marketing at the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior, the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, and other prestigious institutions in Spain. He is a graduate of the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, where he earned degrees in law and economics. In 1982 he studied management at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, and in 1984 he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Past Distinguished Alumni Lecturers

2010-Joseph J. Echevarria Jr., B.B.A. '78, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Services, LP
2008-T. Kendall "Ken" Hunt, B.B.A. '65; Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, VASCO Data Security International, Inc.
2008-Matt Rubel, M.B.A. '80; Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Collective Brands, Incorporated
-Hal Rosenbluth, B.G.S. '74; Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
Take Care Health Systems
2005-Jack Creighton, M.B.A. '66; former Chief Executive Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company and United Airlines
-Barry Richard, A.B. '64, J.D. '67; Litigation Partner, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
-Barbara Milo Ohrbach; '61, Author
-Lari White, B.M. '88; Singer, Songwriter & Lecturer
-Stephen J. Dresnick, M.D. '75; President, C.E.O. & Chairman of the Board, Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc.
1997-Dawnn Lewis, B.M. '82; Actress, Singer, & Lecturer
1995-Michael R. Klein, Esq., B.B.A. '63, J.D. '66; Partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

For more information, contact:
Adlar Garcia
Director, Alumni Engagement
Alumni Education & Career Services


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