Guest Speaker at Ohio State: Bob McDonald, Proctor & Gamble CEO

Last Friday, Ohio State was honored to have Bob McDonald, CEO of Proctor & Gamble, stop by to talk to us about his vision for the company & for Ohio State. President Gordon Gee introduced him to the audience, after having given McDonald and several others a tour around the OSU campus.  President Gee discussed the various ways that P&G and OSU could work together to accomplish shared goals, which were built around the P&G motto of “Touching Lives, Improving Life.” Some of the quoted common goals included an increased focus on sustainability and constantly innovating through research and development.

I figured (correctly) that Bob McDonald would use many inspirational quotes during his speech.  I wrote down the best of the inspirational quotes so that people who didn’t make it to the event could still soak in some of that CEO wisdom. Also I took a picture.

1. “Make us choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” – line from the Cadet Prayer. Bob McDonald attended college at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint.

2. “Sustainability is not just a responsibility but an opportunity.” – Bob McDonald on how P&G can make a profit from going green.

3. “One must do well to do good, & must do good to do well.” – Bob McDonald on purpose leading to profit.

4. “Give me a lever large enough & I will move the world.” – Archimedes.  Not really sure what this was in reference to, but it sounded good and I assume it fit in the context of what Bob was talking about at the time.

5. “Always limit blog lists to five items or less.” – Me on how itemized lists get increasingly boring the longer they go.

Bob McDonald, P&G CEO
If you come to Ohio State, you'll get to meet interesting people like CEO Bob McDonald.

Guest Speakers

The Fisher College of Business is obviously a prestigious institution that draws talent from all over the country, but I guess I never realized their pull until I started to experience it first hand with the guest speakers that come to talk to the graduate students here. In my AMIS 804 course, we’ve already had two guest speakers that both have had very impressive resumes and interesting presentations to give to the MAcc students.

Our first presenter was Jim Leisenring. Jim was in town for an event related to the Accounting Hall of Fame (fun fact – the Accounting Hall of Fame is based here at OSU) and our professor managed to get him to come speak to our class. Jim Leisenring is both a former FASB board member and a former IASB board member, which when you think about it, is as close to a rock-star in the accounting world as you can really get…

We had our second guest speaker for that class today. His name was Robert Sledge, and he was coming to us from the Transaction Services group of KPMG in Chicago. Apparently Robert was a student of the MAcc program (class of 2006) and then moved onto bigger and better things, including a postgraduate technical assistant (PTA) position with the FASB.

As it just so happens, there was also a guest speaker in another one of my classes today – Brand Management. Although I unfortunately cannot recall his exact position, he has worked with the brand managements of multiple successful brands, including Elmer’s and Bob Evans. As an extra bonus, he brought some baked goods to go along with the Bob Evans brand, and I have to say they have some amazing cinnamon rolls!

Aside from these occasional guest speakers in class, we also have the opportunity to hear guest speakers for the weekly Accounting Research Workshops. These speakers visit from all over the country to present their current research papers in progress. I’ll admit that some of the topics feel a bit over my head (some of them are more PHD focused than others), but they are always interesting/engaging topics. Just a few days ago, we had someone presenting their paper on the topic of the contagion effect of audit failures – interesting stuff!

I’m really glad that the MAcc program provides us the access to all these great speakers, and I look forward to all the excellent speakers to come.