Gilkey Executive Lecture Series

Lisa Stone, CEO and Co-Founder of BlogHer Inc., Gilkey lecture
Please join us for the
Fall 2015 Gilkey Executive Lecture
Tuesday, December 1
  at 5:30 p.m., UC Ballroom
Free and open to the public

Lisa Stone's talk entitled "Developing Community" explores BlogHer success story and building a business using social media.

Lisa Stone is an entrepreneur and digital creative who works on the cutting edge of community development across industries. As CEO and Co-founder of BlogHer Inc., Lisa grew an idea for a grassroots conference into a leading independent publisher of women in blogs and social media with $30MM in annual revenues and a proprietary technology platform. In 2014, she merged BlogHer with SheKnows Media, creating the #1 women’s lifestyle digital media company with 80+ million monthly visitors and 245+ million social followers. As SheKnows Media’s Chief Community Officer, Lisa moderated a 2015 Town Hall meeting between President Barack Obama and 250 American working women. She also executive-produced BlogHer’s conference series, the world’s largest for women in social media (past interviews: Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Soledad O’Brien, Katie Couric, Ree Drummond, #BlackLivesMatter Co-founders Patrisse Cullers and Opal Tometi). 
Since leaving CNN in 1997, Lisa has developed revenue products and user communities at BlogHer,, WebTV and their partners by combining storytelling, quality conversation and analytics into experiences where brands directly engage consumers. Her honors include a Harvard Nieman Fellowship, where she was the first Internet journalist to win the award, a Fortune Most Powerful Entrepreneur Award and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune, and The Huffington Post among other publications. A Montanan (Hellgate High School, Class of '84), she lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Connecting Students With Global Business Leaders

During each fall and spring semester, the University of Montana School of Business Administration hosts the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture Series. The series is designed to provide students, faculty, and the community with a forum whereby they have direct access to business leaders.

Gilkey Executive Lecturers address issues across marketing, management, finance, ethics and leadership. In addition to leading classroom lectures and discussion, speakers present a lecture at a public forum on a topic of their choice and are invited to meet with graduate students and campus and community leaders. Participating executives enjoy dynamic conversation and the exchange of ideas with our eager students.

We welcome and encourage executives to share their stories of challenges and success with our students, faculty and community.

The Vision

The Gilkey Executive Lecture Series was established by Harold and Priscilla Gilkey in 2004 to enrich business education at the University of Montana.

Both Harold and Priscilla acknowledge the powerful impact of mentors and role models on their own professional and personal achievements.

Harold Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is retired as chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corporation. Priscilla Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana. She is retired as Vice President of Community Relations for Empire Health Services, a multi-hospital system in Spokane.

Harold and Priscilla Gilkey

Past Speakers of the Gilkey Lecture Series

  • Thomas C. Schievelbein, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brink’s Company (2014)
  • Michael J. Covey, Chairman and CEO, Potlatch Corporation (2014)
  • Jim McNerney, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company (2013)
  • Phil Cowdell, Former CEO and Chairman of Mindshare North America (2013)
  • Glenn Johnson, President of Horizon Air, Inc. (2011)
  • Bill McGlynn, President of Memjet Home and Office (2010)
  • Greg Gianforte, Founder and CEO of RightNow (2009)
  • Patrick Byrne, Founder and CEO of (2009)
  • Lester Thurow, Professor and Dean Emeritus at MIT Sloan School of Management (2008)
  • Rick Riccobono, President and CEO of The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle (2008)
  • Sally Jewell, CEO of REI (2007)
  • Raymon F. Thompson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Semitool, Inc. (2007)
  • Peter Georgescu, Former Chairman of Young & Rubicam, Inc. (2005)
  • Robert Greifeld, President and CEO of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (2004)