McCord Lecture Series


The McCord Lecture Series brings prominent business executives to the Bradley University campus to meet with students, faculty, and the community to discuss managerial and organizational applications. This series was made possible through the financial support of Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company and named in honor of business role model and community leader, Robert A. McCord.

Through this series, attendees get the chance to meet leaders like ones they may read about in BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal and to discuss the challenges of leading a major enterprise. Recent speakers include Shannon Schuyler, Principal - Chief Purpose Officer at PwC, Michele Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Innovation, Mike Dalton, President of Maui Jim, and John “Ozzy” Osborne, President and CEO of BBDO New York.

Recent Events

The Foster College of Business welcomed Tom Sosnoff, founder of thinkorswim and founder and co-CEO of tastytrade, for the 43rd McCord Lecture on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Sosnoff, a former trader, became one of Chicago's well-known serial entrepreneurs in financial technology by building a breakthrough options-trading platform, which was later sold for $750 million. He presented, "Lifers, leaders and likes: the story of creating over a billion dollars of successful businesses in the highly competitive world of finance and money."