2014 Business Week begins March 24 with the Professional Development Dinner. A social networking hour will precede the dinner for students, faculty, and company representatives.

While interviewing or conducting business over a meal, knowing proper etiquette is essential. This holds true for email communications, online interactions, and social outings. At the Professional Development Dinner, College of Business faculty with etiquette expertise will provide coaching advice to guide students in their future business endeavors. These tips provide invaluable insights that could turn a potentially stressful encounter into an enjoyable and powerful professional opportunity.

Keynote speaker for the Professional Development Dinner is Mike L. Stallard ’81.

Mike L. Stallard

Mike L. Stallard, keynote speaker for the Business Week 2014 Professional Development Dinner.

Stallard is an expert on the relationship aspects of leadership and organizational culture. He is president and co-founder of the leadership training, coaching, and consulting firm E Pluribus Partners, and the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out. Stallard was formerly chief marketing officer for the private wealth management businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career he worked in finance and marketing roles at Texas Instruments and Barclays Bank.

Stallard is on the faculty of the Institute for Management Studies, where he teaches leaders across the U.S. and Europe. He frequently speaks and teaches at a wide variety of organizations including Google, Greenwich (Connecticut) High School, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the NASA Johnson Space Center, and the U.S. Treasury Department. At Texas Christian University (TCU), Stallard and his colleagues are helping create the TCU Center for Connection Culture.

Stallard regularly contributes articles to leadership periodicals around the world. Recently he began writing weekly for the “CEO Advisor” column of Fox Business.

Stallard’s educational background includes a B.S. in marketing from Illinois State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas Permian Basin, and a J.D. from DePaul University Law School. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1990.

Stallard and his wife, Katie, have two grown daughters. They reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.