Maya Angelou at York College



Step away from your daily routine and make time to connect with experts at one of our memorable events. Hear real stories from remarkable individuals. Be energized and educated as extraordinary speakers share their secrets to academic and professional greatness.

Each year, the CPE brings industry leaders and experts to campus for a lecture, as well as an array of interactions with students, faculty and the community at-large. The goal of these events is to enhance students’ appreciation for the critical role that personal leadership and professionalism play in a meaningful career.

Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm visited York College as part of the Vizzi Family Lectureship Series.
Robert Safian
Robert Safian, Editor-in-Chief at Fast Company

Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies October 25, 2016

Safian is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an Executive Editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its Chief Editor for six years. Robert Safian is the Chloé R. Eichelberger Business Education Speaker for 2016.
  • "Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies" - Robert Safian
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m. in the Waldner Performing Arts Center
  • Open to YCP students, faculty and staff, and the general public
Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, World-Renowned Autism Speaker and Author

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed March 9, 2017

Dr. Temple Grandin is arguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism. She is a Professor of Animal science and designer of humane livestock facilities. Dr. Grandin is a strong advocate for early intervention and neurodiversity. She is the subject of many national publications and am Emmy-winning docudrama. She has lectured about autism around the world and on television, and is the author of five best-selling books. She argues that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions and tap into their hidden abilities. Sponsored by Disability Support Services and the Center for Professional Excellence.
  • "Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed" - Dr. Temple Grandin
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. in the Waldner Performing Arts Center
  • Open to YCP students, faculty and staff, and the general public
  • Tickets required and will be available January 2017. Please check back at that time.