Kenneth Hyatt Leadership Speaker Series

The Hyatt Distinguished Leadership Speaker Series brings a distinguished leader to campus each fall and spring who can share wisdom and insight with the School's students and the wider Georgia Tech community. It is made possible by the generous support of Kenneth Hyatt, CE 62, MS IM 66.

Lorraine Green

Spring 2023 Speaker:
Lorraine Green ChE 84, MS EnvE 93

President (Retired), Pond & Company

"Entry Level to CEO: Everything They Never Told Me"

Lorraine Green, PE, MS EnvE 93, is the former President and CEO of Pond & Company, a global A/E/C firm headquartered in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership Pond grew to be the largest A/E/C firm in Atlanta, (ENR #78), successfully leading the firm through a global expansion, opening offices in Canada, Japan and Spain.  With a strong business acumen and desire to serve clients, she opened Green Environmental at the age of 27. For the next 18 years Lorraine operated as President, establishing herself in the industry as a leader and expert. In 2008, after a term as a Gwinnett County Commissioner, her firm was acquired by Pond.  She was named President of Pond in 2018.  She recently was named one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Past Speakers

Guiomar Obregón

Fall 2022
CEO and Founder
Precision 2000

Built From the Ground Up
October 11, 2022

Rudy Bonaparte presents the Hyatt lecture

Rudy Bonaparte

Spring 2022
Chairman, Geosyntec 
Professor of the Practice

CEEs as Leaders in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
February 17, 2022
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Blake Peck

Fall 2021
Founder, McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc.

Values-Based Leadership: Building the Right Culture for Your Business
October 5, 2021
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Reginald DesRoches

Spring 2021
Provost, Rice University

The 10 C's of Academic Leadership
February 23, 2021
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Stacie Sire presents the Hyatt Lecture

Stacie Sire

Fall 2020
Director of Structures Engineering, Boeing Commerical Airplanes

Soar in Your Career and Change the World
September 17, 2020
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Bill Higginbotham presents the Hyatt Lecture

Bill Higginbotham

Spring 2020
President and CEO, ET Environmental Corporation

Engineering a Career in Small Business
February 6, 2020
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John Huff presents the Fall 2019 Hyatt Lecture

John Huff

Fall 2019
Chairman, Oceaneering International Inc.

Lessons in Leadership
October 3, 2019
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Wassim Selman presents the Fall 2018 Hyatt Lecture

Wassim A. Selman

Fall 2018
President, Infrastructure – North America, Arcadis

Including People in All Equations
October 2, 2018
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Bill Calhoun presents the fall 2018 hyatt lecture

William "Bill" Calhoun

Spring 2018
Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President, Clark Construction Group

Practical Advice on Leadership
February 15, 2018
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Andy Phelps presents the Fall 2017 Hyatt Lecture

Andy Phelps

Fall 2017
Retired Principal Vice President, Bechtel Corp.

Building Big
October 3, 2017
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Suzanne Shank presents the spring 2017 hyatt lecture

Suzanne Shank

Spring 2017
Chairwoman, CEO and Co-Founder, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co.

Connections:  The Characters and Context that Create Great Leaders
February 21, 2017
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Emmy Montanye presents the fall 2016 hyatt lecture

Emmy Montanye, P.E., LEED AP

Fall 2016
Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Engineering and Leadership: A Formula for Success and Satisfaction
September 20, 2016
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Charles "Wick" Moorman presents the spring 2016 Hyatt Lecture

Charles "Wick" Moorman

Spring 2016
Retired Chairman and CEO, Norfolk Southern

A Helluva Way to Run a Railroad
March 9, 2016
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Gen. Philip Breedlove presents the fall 2015 hyatt lecture

Gen. Philip Breedlove

Fall 2015
NATO Supreme Allied Commander

A Perspective on Leadership in the 21st Century
October 26, 2015
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G. Wayne Clough presents the inaugural hyatt lecture

G. Wayne Clough, Ph.D., P.E.

Inaugural Speaker
President Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology
Secretary Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution

From the Eocene to the Anthropocene: An Engineer’s View of Climate Change
March 24, 2015
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