Busta Annual Lecture Series

Each year, Notre Dame brings women leaders in business to campus to share their insights on a broad range of professional fields, and stories of their career paths.

2017 Speaker: Donna Orender

Donna Orender at a microphone with WNBA backdropTuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Knott Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Notre Dame's 2017 Busta Lecture in Business welcomes former WNBA President and PGA Senior Vice President Donna Orender. She is the founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited and a distinguished trailblazer in women's athletics and business.

Having earned all-star status as a player in the Women's Professional Basketball League, Orender served from 2005 to 2011 as president of the WNBA, and previously as Senior Vice President of the PGA Tour. She is also the founder and CEO of Generation W, a non-profit platform aimed at promoting the development of the world's next female leaders.

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About the Lecture Series

The Charles J. Busta III lecture series is designed to showcase the thoughts and experiences of business leaders, especially women leaders, in order to encourage creativity and personal growth in women. The series was created in memory of Charles J. “CB” Busta, a Notre Dame trustee and marketing executive who died in 1999.

All individuals invited to speak are recognized in their chosen fields. We seek inspirational professionals of integrity who have made a real difference, overcome significant obstacles, or delivered dramatic, unexpected success. We especially seek women professionals with these credentials in order to present strong role models who can set a standard of achievement for Notre Dame students.

Our invited speakers are chosen based on a strong set of credentials including:

  • Leadership 
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Humor
  • Competitive Spirit Balancing Business, Personal and Spiritual Life

Past Speakers

2016: Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS

2015: Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation

2014: The Arts Transforming Communities

  • Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Rebecca Hoffberger, Director of the American Visionary Art Museum
  • Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum

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2013: Cindy Wolf, Executive Chef of Charleston restaurant and a partner in Foreman Wolf

2012: Patricia M.C. Brown, Esq., President of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and Notre Dame trustee 

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