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Executive Leadership Series - Regent University

Join us each month at The Founders Inn and Spa for Regent University's Executive Leadership Series (ELS). This series of luncheons brings together leaders and aspiring leaders for teaching and inspiration from some of today's most intriguing, innovative and influential men and women around the world.

Featured Speaker

Bill Kraus

November 29 – Bill Kraus: Co-Founder/Owner of Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ opened its doors on September 11, 2011. Ten years after 9/11 changed our world forever, Bill Kraus and his business partner, Steve Newton, wanted to make a difference. As co-founder of Mission BBQ, Kraus strives every day to remind us of what makes America great – its heroes. He's patriotic and passionate about BBQ, and he believes in running a business with meaning and purpose.

Kraus spent 25 years in the business of sports on both the retail and supplier side. He was part of the original cast that built Under Armour, helping the company grow their employee base from 20 to over 2,000 with annual revenues climbing from $20 million to $800 million.

Kraus and his wife, Rosemarie, have been married for almost 30 years, and have three children. Join us as he shares the keys to leading a business, with a mission to serve his fellow Americans.


Special Event - Cybersecurity Summit

Cyber Panel

February 15 – Session 1: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Session 2: 12 p.m.

Join us for an unprecedented Cybersecurity Summit for Virginia's Hampton Roads area and beyond. This important event brings together C-level leaders, entrepreneurs, concerned citizens, and information technology professionals from military, government, academic, business, and nonprofit sectors to explore how to reduce your risk and protect your digital information. You will hear from some of today's most knowledgeable, innovative men and women around the world.

We encourage you to attend the full summit. Options are also available to choose one session only.


Special Event - Cybersecurity Summit

February 15 – Session 1: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Session 2: 12 p.m.

Cyber Panel

Session 1: Gain valuable insights from C-level and specialized cyber professionals who are on the leading edge of today's security landscape. Understand the latest threats facing organizations and hear practical solutions to mitigate risks.

Kevin Mitnick

Session 2 & Lunch: Hear from Kevin Mitnick, world's most famous hacker and security consultant to Fortune 500 and global governments. Mitnick was once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge. Today, he is a leading global authority and trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and to governments worldwide.

As CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting and the Chief Hacking Office of KnowBe4, Mitnick helps produce critically acclaimed security awareness training programs to counteract social engineering and to improve security effectiveness. Get more information on Kevin Mitnick.

We encourage you to join us for the full summit. Options are also available to choose one session only.

Past Guests

Honorable John Ashcroft Distinguished Professor of Law and Government, Regent University and Former U.S. Attorney General
Bob Aston Jr. Chairman and CEO, TowneBank
Cheryl Bachelder CEO, AFC Enterprises/ Franchisor of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Dennis Bakke Chairman Emeritus, AES Corporation
Maria Bartiromo Host and Managing Editor of Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo and Anchor of Closing Bell
Anne Beiler Founder and CEO, Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Bill Bolling Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Jerry A. Bridges Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA)
Macon F. Brock Jr. Founder, President and CEO, Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
Herman Cain President and CEO, T.H.E. New Voice Inc.
Donovan Campbell Decorated Marine Corp Captain (Ret.), Energy Industry Executive and Author
Gretchen Carlson Anchor & Host, FOX News Channel; Former Miss America
Dan T. Cathy President and COO, Chick-fil-A Inc.
S. Truett Cathy Founder and Chairman, Chick-fil-A Inc.
Admiral Vern Clark, Ret. Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Government, Regent University and Former Chief of Naval Operations
Henry Cloud Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author
Barbara Corcoran Founder, The Corcoran Group and Real Estate Expert
Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Attorney General
General Martin E. Dempsey Commanding General of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command
Richard M. DeVos Co-Founder and President, Amway Corporation
Thomas Donohue President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Steve Elliott Founder, President; Grassfire.com
Thomas F. Farrell II President and CEO of Dominion Resources
Randy Forbes Congressman, Virginia's 4th Congressional District
Paul Fraim Mayor of Norfolk, Virginia
DeVon Franklin President & CEO of Franklin Entertainment, Author
Foster Friess Chairman, Friess Associates of Delaware Inc.
Sal Giunta First Living Medal of Honor Recipient Since the Vietnam War; Author, Living With Honor
Rudy Giuliani Former New York City Mayor
Honorable Alberto Gonzales First Hispanic U.S. Attorney General
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. James Holley III Mayor of Portsmouth
Mike Huckabee Former Governor of Arkansas; Author; Radio & Television Host
T.D. Jakes CEO of T.D. Jakes Enterprises
Daymond John Founder and CEO of FUBU, Star of ABC's Shark Tank, World-renowned marketing and branding expert
Linda Johnson Mayor of Suffolk
Rich Karlgaard Forbes Magazine Publisher and Columnist and Best-Selling Author of Life 2.0
David Kirkpatrick Former president of Paramount Pictures
Tom Knox Founder and CEO, Seniorcorp
Alan Krasnoff Mayor of Chesapeake, Virginia
Doug Lipp Former Head Trainer, Walt Disney University
Tamara Lowe Motivational Speaker, Author and Cofounder/Executive Vice President of Get Motivated Seminars Inc.
Frank Luntz Pollster and Political Consultant, President and CEO of Luntz Research Companies
John Mackey Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Joel Manby President and CEO, Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., Featured on Undercover Boss
John Maxwell Internationally Recognized Leadership Expert, Founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP, and Best-Selling Author
Gary McCollum Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications
Honorable Robert “Bob” McDonnell Governor of Virginia
James McGregor Senior Director, Stonebridge International LLC and China Advisor, SpencerStuart
Jeffrey McWaters Chairman and CEO, Amerigroup
Norman E. Miller Chairman, Interstate Batteries
George Merlis Former Executive Producer of Good Morning America, CBS Morning News and Entertainment Tonight; Author; and Founder of Experience Media Consulting Group
James H. Morgan Executive Chairman, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Wick Moorman Chairman, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Dick Morris American Political Consultant
Christopher Mosley President and CEO, Chesapeake Health
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano Senior Judicial Analyst, FOX News
Lt. Col. Oliver North Combat-Decorated Marine, Best-Selling Author and Former U.S. Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
Robert O'Neill Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
P.J. O'Rourke Best-Selling Author and Leading Political Satirist
Gen. Peter Pace USMC (Ret.), Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007)
Dr. Rod Paige Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Mike Petters President and Corporate Vice President, Northrop Grumman, Newport News
C. William Pollard Chairman, The ServiceMaster Company
C. Larry Pope President and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc.
Mary Lou Quinlan CEO and Founder, Just Ask a Woman; Best-Selling Author; Correspondent, CBS' The Early Show
John Reinhart President and CEO, Maersk Line, Limited
Anne Rhoades Founding Executive Vice President of People, JetBlue Airways and President of People Ink
Susan RoAne Best-Selling Author and Networking Expert
Horst Schulze Chairman and CEO, West Paces Hotel Group
William Sessoms Mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Don Soderquist Retired COO and Senior Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Bonnie St. John Executive Coach, Speaker and Best-Selling Author
General Carl Stiner, Ret. Retired General, Government Advisor and Best-Selling Author
Delegate Scott Taylor Former Navy SEAL, Iraq War Veteran and Author
Sean Tuohy Entrepreneur, NBA Broadcaster and Subject of The Blind Side
Joy Weaver Speaker, Author and Nationally Recognized Etiquette & Customer Service Expert
Brian S. Wesbury Chief Economist, First Trust Advisors L.P.
Art Williams Self-Made Billionaire, Insurance Entrepreneur, Author and Winning High School Coach
Pat Williams Senior Vice President of the NBA's Orlando Magic
Walt Wilson Founder & Chairman of Global Media Outreach; Former Managing Director of U.S. Operations, Apple Computer
Steve Wisniewski Former NFL Player and Coach
Kenneth Wright Mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia
Zig Ziglar President, Ziglar Corporation


Sponsorship opportunities are available at several different levels to meet your budget and goals. All sponsorships (with the exception of Table Sponsors) include a minimum of:

  • Recognition on the ELS website and in the ELS program for each luncheon
  • Access to additional discount tickets (up to eight per luncheon)
  • Invitations to special Regent events.

For more information please contact Grace McPherson, our Director of Advancement, at 757-352-4855 or gmcpherson@regent.edu. I also invite you to follow the Regent University Executive Leadership Series on Facebook.

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Note: the registration fee is non-refundable, but transferable to a future luncheon if requested 3 days prior to the registered event. Registration fees for the last luncheon of the season (April) are not transferable.