UNT announces speakers for 2016-17 Kuehne Speaker Series

Nancy Kolsti
Rudy Giuliani

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- During the 2016-17 academic year, the University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series will feature lectures from Rudy Giuliani, 107th mayor of New York City, and Charles Gasparino, senior correspondent for Fox Business Network.

The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series was created in fall 2013 with support from UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne, a 1966 graduate who is the president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co. The series provides a forum for speakers and attendees to have conversations about topics of national and global relevance.

The series will welcome Giuliani Oct. 27 (Thursday) and Gasparino on May 9 (Tuesday) during luncheons at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway. Tickets will be sold via table sponsorships starting at $5,000 that will cover both luncheons. No individual tickets are available. For information about sponsorship opportunities, go to the Kuehne Speaker Series website.

Giuliani's topic will be "Principled Leadership: In the Face of Change and Crisis." First elected mayor of New York City in 1993, he is acclaimed as one of the most effective chief executives in modern American history for his leadership and bravery following the terrorist attack in the city on Sept. 11, 2001. He was named TIME magazine's Person of the Year, was given an honorary knighthood by the Queen of England and was awarded the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award.

Prior to being elected as mayor, Giuliani was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he almost single-handedly took on organized and white-collar crime in New York and accrued a record of more than 4,000 convictions.

As mayor, Giuliani turned an inherited $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multibillion-dollar surplus and added a record 450,000 new private sector jobs.

He was limited by New York City law to two terms as mayor. After leaving office in 2002, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners, a professional services firm. He quickly established it as a leader in emergency preparedness, public safety leadership during crises and financial management. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the executive chair of Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm, and as the chair of the firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice.

Gasparino joined the Fox Business Network in February 2010. He was previously an on-air editor at CNBC, where he was the first to report on AIG's government bailout, details about the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the shakeups at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He also was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and senior writer at Newsweek. While at the Wall Street Journal, Gasparino was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting and won a New York Press Club award.

He is the author of The Sellout, Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors, King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange and Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street.

For more information on the Kuehne Speaker Series, contact David Broughton at 940-565-3641 or david.broughton@unt.edu.