VIP Distinguished Speaker Series

     The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the nation's foremost executive speaker series. An event dedicated to highlighting the views, insights, and perspectives of accomplished and inspiring business leaders, students are given the opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent speakers in modern business. 

Upcoming Speakers

Due to COVID-19, all VIP events will temporarily take place through Zoom. Check back soon for more details on upcoming speakers!

Event Format


VIP Speaker events are held any day Monday through Thursday, with the primary event taking place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event consists of a fireside chat hosted by a prestigious member of the McCombs faculty, followed by an open floor question and answer session with the audience.

Past Speakers

  • Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google

  • Bob Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company

  • Kenneth Chenault, former Chairman and CEO of American Express

  • Indra Nooyi, former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

  • Jeff Immelt, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric

  • Michael Dell, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Dell

  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T

  • Herb Kelleher, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines

  • Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of State and Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil

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At the University of Texas at Austin, students live by the phrase “What Starts Here Changes The World,” and it is thanks to individuals such as those listed above that UT students continue to be a global force for change.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch past VIP Speakers.

Chair Contact Information

Questions or comments about the event?

Interested in becoming a VIP Speaker?

Email Julian Ordaz at