2012-13 Speaker List

We are excited to announce the following speakers for The Honors Academy's Leadership Lecture Series. 

Dick Ambrose
Judge in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Wed September 12, 2012 11:10 AM

Dick Ambrose has been serving as Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since June 2004. Originally appointed to the bench, Judge Ambrose won election in 2006 and again in 2010 to continue serving the law. Judge Ambrose presides over civil and criminal trials arising in Cuyahoga County ranging from personal injury lawsuits to felony cases involving capital murder.

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David Hessler
Senior Partner, Emeritus - Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg
Wed December 5, 2012 11:10 AM

A distinguished Ohio attorney and prominent civic leader, David J. Hessler is a founder and senior partner of the Cleveland law firm Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg. He has practiced law in Ohio since 1968, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, development and implementation of strategic business plans, succession planning, international business development, and establishment and operation of public and private foundations.

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Susan Jensen
Executive Director - American Greetings - Walmart Strategic Account Management Team
Wed January 30, 2013 11:10 AM

Susan Jensen has worked for American Greetings since 2009 and has served as Executive Director of the Walmart Strategic Account Management Team since November 2010. She leads the sales, merchant and operations functions of the team in support of American Greetings efforts to grow revenue and market share with the world’s largest retailer.

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Mark Shapiro
President, Cleveland Indians
Wed April 24, 2013 8:10 AM

Mark Shapiro is starting his 2nd season as the President of the Cleveland Indians after serving nine seasons as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.  2012 marks his 20th season with the Club.  As President, Mark oversees the Baseball and Business operations of the organization as well as the strategic vision, planning relative to Progressive Field, and the business and brand development of the franchise.

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Walt Wangerin, Jr.
Prolific Christian Author • Professor
Fri April 26, 2013 9:30 AM

Walt Wangerin, Jr. is a prolific Christian author who holds the Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he teaches literature and creative writing, and is writer-in-residence.

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Walter Senney and Family Members
Senney Enterprises
Wed May 1, 2013 8:10 AM

Walter Senney founded Senney Enterprises in 1985 and through both acquisition new products additions has grown the group substantially. The group continues to be in the growth mode and is constantly seeking new opportunities to expand it's reach. Joining Mr. Senney in the operation of these companies are his sons Drew and Trey (Walter III) and his son-in-law Jason Verderber.

Wally, Drew, Trey and Jason will join Mike Waugh, Dean of The Honors Academy, in a panel discussion focused on the unique aspects of owning and operating a family business. 

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Joey Rooney

Valedictorian - Class of 2011. Attending Case Western Reserve University

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