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.

Jose Bern, CE 95

Fall 2023 Speaker:
Jose Bern, CE 95

Vice President, Empresas Bern

Lessons on Psychology in Leadership

October 19, 2023
11 am | Mason 1133

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a civil engineering degree, Jose Manuel Bern, CE 95, leads the sales and development division of Empresas Bern as Corporate Vice President. In the last 45 years, the company has built the skyline of Panama with over 170 completed projects. These include the Global Business Terminal near Tocumen International Airport, and Plaza del Este located in the international business center of Panama City, Costa del Este. Along with corporate and retail projects, Empresas Bern has delivered numerous residential buildings as well as condo suites designed for short- and long-term rentals. Bern is focused on further developing Costa del Este and working with the many multinational corporations locating regional headquarters in the Panama City suburb. Jose enjoys outdoor activities, including antique automobiles, motorcycles, and long-distance running. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Register by October 16 to receive a box lunch

Past Speakers

Lorraine Green

Spring 2023
President (Retired)
Pond & Company

Entry Level to CEO: Everything They Never Told Me
February 9, 2023

Guiomar Obregón

Fall 2022
CEO and Founder
Precision 2000

Built From the Ground Up
October 11, 2022

Rudy Bonaparte

Spring 2022
Chairman, Geosyntec 
Professor of the Practice

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

Blake Peck

Fall 2021
Founder, McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc.

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

Reginald DesRoches

Spring 2021
Provost, Rice University

The 10 C's of Academic Leadership
February 23, 2021

Stacie Sire

Fall 2020
Director of Structures Engineering, Boeing Commerical Airplanes

Soar in Your Career and Change the World
September 17, 2020

Bill Higginbotham

Spring 2020
President and CEO, ET Environmental Corporation

Engineering a Career in Small Business
February 6, 2020

John Huff

Fall 2019
Chairman, Oceaneering International Inc.

Lessons in Leadership
October 3, 2019

Wassim A. Selman

Fall 2018
President, Infrastructure – North America, Arcadis

Including People in All Equations
October 2, 2018

William "Bill" Calhoun

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

Practical Advice on Leadership
February 15, 2018

Andy Phelps

Fall 2017
Retired Principal Vice President, Bechtel Corp.

Building Big
October 3, 2017

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

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

Charles "Wick" Moorman

Spring 2016
Retired Chairman and CEO, Norfolk Southern

A Helluva Way to Run a Railroad
March 9, 2016

Gen. Philip Breedlove

Fall 2015
NATO Supreme Allied Commander

A Perspective on Leadership in the 21st Century
October 26, 2015

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