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William D. Gasser Lecture Series is an annual speaker series aimed at providing thought-provoking and engaging content for students. Hosted during RIT's Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Gasser Lecture Series invites disruptive entrepreneurs and industry-leading business men and women to share their insights on business trends and opportunities.

2017 Gasser Lecture Series featuring Dawn Hudson

Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and former CEO of Pepsi-Cola North America, Dawn Hudson shares her expertise on the power of marketing. Learn more by visiting

Past Gasser Lecture Events

October 14, 2016 - Featuring Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

Saunders College of Business welcomed Alexis Ohanian, best-recognized as the co-founder of, on October 14, 2016. During his talk in Ingle Auditorium, Alexis encouraged students, faculty, staff and family members to "Think Like a Startup" and to not let your first round of failure bring you down. 

His talk was followed by a book signing of his bestselling book, Without Their Permission, at Saunders College of Business. Alexis graciously answered student's questions about their own startup business and posed for photos with attendees.

View the photo gallery to see pictures from Alex Ohanian's presentation and book-signing reception. 

October 16, 2015 - Featuring Randi Zuckerberg

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Saunders College of Business hosted the third annual, Gasser Lecture Series featuring Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media. Following her position as Director of Marketing at Facebook, Randi started her own media company and has authored two books. As an entrepreneur who has been on the front lines of social media, she understands the impact of technology has made in our lives and every sector of the business world.

The tech-savvy marketer provided some unexpected advice during her presentation: Zuckerberg makes it her mission to help others balance the use of digital media and devices in our technology-driven lives. View the event photo gallery to see snapshots from her presentation and her book-signing reception.

October 17, 2014 - Featuring Jerry Greenfield

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The second annual Gasser Lecture Series featured Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. His visit emphasized the importance of entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and a radical business philosophy. Make sure to check out the photo gallery and the video of Jerry's presentation.

October 11, 2013 - Featuring Daymond John

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Saunders College of Business proudly hosted Daymond John, founder of FUBU and a Shark on ABC's Shark Tank, as the first Gasser Lecture Series speaker.