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.

2018 Speaker: Mayor Catherine E. Pugh

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh speaking at a podiumTuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM
LeClerc Auditorium
Free and open to the public

RSVPs are appreciated as we will contact guests in case of inclement weather.

Notre Dame's 2018 Busta Lecture in Business welcomes Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Mayor Pugh's career journey includes time spent in the business sector, working as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, visionary founder of the Baltimore Design School, founder of the Baltimore Marathon, and more. She holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has been recognized nationally and locally for her leadership. 

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 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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