Despite an early-morning Michigan snow storm, a crowd of nearly 300 came out to see Abbott Chairman and CEO Miles D. White and USA TODAY senior reporter David Lieberman chat on stage about healthcare reform, politics, pharmaceutical advertising, leadership and more at MSU’s USA TODAY CEO Forum Feb. 22.
"It was a pleasure to be at Michigan State for the USA TODAY CEO Forum," says White. "We had a good conversation with a great audience. Abbott has long had a strong relationship with MSU, which has provided our company a good deal of talent. I think that relationship is even stronger now."
The event, hosted by the Broad School and the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), featured an hour-long interview with White, conducted by Lieberman, followed by a question-and-answer session. The interview will be featured in USA TODAY's Money section sometime during the first week of March.
"Ultimately, this event was about and for our students," says Geoffrey Booth, acting associate dean of Academic Affairs and Research and chair of the event’s organizing committee. "We do bring CEOs to campus regularly, but I think this was a real treat for them to hear a Fortune 100 CEO have a candid conversation with a national reporter."
The USA TODAY CEO Forum was launched in 2005 and has been presented at 11 university campuses and business schools. Each CEO Forum features a distinguished CEO of a corporation heralded for its achievements and advancements in the areas of business and technology.
"A unique collaboration between campus administrators, faculty and students ultimately produced an exciting event, and we applaud the energy and commitment to excellence from the entire Broad School and event committee for their outstanding support," says USA TODAY Regional Marketing Director Robin Irwin.