Garfield Society - Featured Speakers

Each year, the Garfield Society invites renown individuals to give the annual keynote address. Through the years, featured speakers have included the following public officials, business leaders, community influencers, authors and more:

2016 - Richard Hyde - “Reach and Grasp”

2015 - Jo Ann Davidson - "A Spotlight on Ohio"

2014 - Candice Millard - "Finding James Garfield"

2013 - Molly Corbett Broad - "Higher Education at a Crossroads"

2012 - Gordon Gund - "Some Lessons Learned"

2011 - David Franklin - "The Director’s Vision for the Next 100 Years"

2010 - David L. Aaron - "Current Development in the Middle East"

2009 - Michael Gilligan - "Philanthropy in Times of Stress"

2008 - Anil Singh-Molares - "A Liberal Arts Education in a Changing World"

2007 - Eric D. Fingerhut - "Private College with a Public Purpose"

2006 - Bruce Hoffman - "al Quaida: In Retreat or on the Move?" 

2005 - Kenneth D. Ackerman - "Garfield: The Man Behind the Legacy"

2004 - Dean A. Scarborough - "Intimate Learning, Global Reach: The Challenge of Managing a Global Business"

2003 - David T. Abbott - "Spiderwebs, Failure, and a New Generation of Leaders"

2002 - J. Kevin McMahon - "The Art of the Arts"

2001 - Jeanette Grasselli Brown - "Higher Education in a Time of Change"

2000 - Jane Green Schaller - "Child Health, Human Health, and World Stability"

1999 - Governor Bob Taft - "The Importance of Learning"

1998 - David R. Anderson - "The Lesson of Histories"

1997 - William W. Falsgraf - "The Federal Judiciary – Guardians of the Grail or Leftist Activists?"

1996 - David L. Brennan - "The Cleveland Scholarship Program"

1995 - Thomas V. Chema - "Sports, Stadia, the Urban Economy – A League of Their Own"

1994 - Lester E. Coleman - "Personal Leadership: First Things First"

1993 - Joseph M. Clapp - "Heroes"

1992 - Richard H. Ekman - "Maxims of Change"

1991 - W. R. Timken, Jr. - "Gold Eggs and Other Myths of American Business"

1990 - Paul F. Sharp - "The ‘Q Factor’ in Higher Education"

1989 - Steven A. Minter - "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally"

1988 - Allan C. Holmes - "A Look at Cleveland and Northeast Ohio – Past, Present, and Future"

1987 - William W. Falsgraf - "Lawyers in America – How Many are Too Many?"

1986 - Robert J. White, M.D. - "A Mystery Inside a Puzzle: Russian and Chinese Medicine"

1985 - Russell Aiuto - "Genetics and the Law"

1984 - Andrew J. Stofan - "NASA: Impact of an Ideal"

1983 - Robert O. Fishel - "Baseball in Today’s Society"

1982 - James A. (Dolph) Norton - "We Will Make Our Future"

1981 - Eleanor Jammal - "Service Around the World – A Woman’s Role"

1980 - Oliver Schroeder, Jr. - "James Abram Garfield – A Century Later"

1979 - Thomas W. Mastin - "Given Enough Time, Anything Can Happen"

1978 - Donald L. Perris - "The Future of Television"

1977 - Fletcher Byrom - "Reflections on Society and the Future"

1976 - Max Lerner - "Third Century America"

1975 - Hon. C. William O’Neill - "Reflections on the Modern Judiciary"

1974 - Stephen H. Fuller - "Anatomy of Organizational Survival"

October 1973 - Ralph M. Besse - "Nuclear Power and the Energy Crisis"

January 1973 - Harold E. Davis - "Garfield: The Scholar in Politics"

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