What is the Scholars Speaker Series?

The Scholars Speaker Series is a unique opportunity for all PwC Scholars. We bring in accomplished speakers to provide our students with insight regarding their experiences, the business world, or a specific industry in which they work. Each talk teaches Scholars something different just as TedTalks do. For example, there have been presentations on the effects of technology in the medical field, the cultural differences between the US and Japan, and how the hedge fund industry operates. The speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and discuss a wide variety of topics to make Scholars more well rounded.

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Speakers:

Eric Sekler

Eric Sekler

Executive Director at Paul, Weiss






Jose Molina

Jose Molina

Senior Associate at PwC

Discussion Topic: Spain




Upinder Dhillon

Upinder Dhillon

Dean of School of Management of Binghamton University

Discussion Topic: SOM and Trends in Financial Markets




Jesse ZhangJesse Zhang

Software Engineer at TAPAD

Discussion Topic: Project Management




Tony WeeresingheTony Weeresinghe

CEO of Ustocktrade

Discussion Topic: Disruptive Technology



Tom SuozziThomas Suozzi

County Executive for Nassua County

Discussion Topic: Changing the Status Quo




Fall 2014- Spring 2015 Speakers:



Dave Penski

Chief Commercial Officer at VivaKi (Previous CEO at ZenithOptimedia)

Discussion Topic: Future of the Media



Tim Ryan


Tim Ryan

Vice Chairman and Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders Leader, PwC

Discussion Topic: Global Megatrends



Dean Eric Schwartz


Eric Schwartz

Dean & Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Discussion Topic: Future of the World



Howard Eisden


Howard Eisen

Managing Director, Conifer

Discussion Topic: Hedge Fund Industry





Dr. Juan Arias

CTO/VP of Engineering at Zenith Technology Solutions






Emi Suzuki

PwC Tax Associate in the Japanese Business Network Group




Fall 2013- Spring 2014 Speakers:

Matthew Gawors: Career Progression/Confluence Running

Miriam Cancian: Italy-PwC

Erskine Bowles: PwC Webinar- Fiscal Responsibility/US Political Figure

Walter Arnold: Blackboard Collaborate- Career Progression and Advice/Citi

Tyrone Muse: Career Progression/CEO Visions

Gary Meltzer: Global Megatrends/PwC

Marion Martinez: Ethics/Binghamton School District

Sheryl Sandberg: PwC Webinar- Lean In/Facebook


Fall 2012- Spring 2013 Speakers:

Eish Dillon: Citi Group

Rafal Rydzewski: BNP Paribas

Ehitsham Siddiqui: Career Progression/BAE Systems

Harvey Stenger: University Planning/Binghamton University

Cyrus David: Entrepreneurship/Binghamton University

Greg Reynolds: Change Management/American Express

Danielle Rovito: Non-Traditional Jobs/Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation