Four distinguished University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumni executives will share their perspectives on leadership and business success at the College of Business Administration spring Executive Insights panel Thursday, April 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Hosted by the School of Accountancy and Department of Finance, the free event features the panel discussion and a question and answer session starting at 4 p.m. and is followed by a networking reception at 5 p.m. All university students and the general public are invited. Dr. Kathy Farrell, interim dean and State Farm Professor of Finance, will facilitate the discussion.
“The Executive Insights series was inspired by discussions with our advisory board members about how they wanted to give back to our college community. Through collaboration of members from the Finance Advisory Board, School of Accountancy Advisory Board and the Dean’s Advisory Board, the series has brought respected C-Suite leaders to meet and have meaningful discussions with our community. In its third year, both students and professionals benefit from this new tradition,” said Farrell
The alumni executives are:
Andrea Gronenthal ’91 ’92 serves as a partner, U.S. Leader and tax performance advisory at EY since 2014. After earning her bachelor’s degree and master of public accountancy at Nebraska, she achieved 25 years of experience in international, federal and state taxation, tax and business process, internal control and financial accounting. She assists corporations with developing strategies to enhance the performance of the tax function. She previously worked as managing director and practice leader for True Partners Consulting’s Tax Risk & Process Re-engineering Practice and national practice director-tax risk at Hudson Financial Solutions. Gronenthal focused on Fortune 500 and middle-market multinational companies implementing effective tax risk management strategies and aligning corporate tax risk strategies with the overall business strategy and risk management of an organization.
Tom Henning ’75 became president and chief executive officer of Assurity Life Insurance Company in 1990 and 15 years later, added president and chief executive officer of Assurity Group Inc. With more than 30 years of financial experience, he holds chartered life underwriter, chartered financial consultant and chartered financial analyst designations. An active leader in many civic organizations, Henning served as chair of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the University of Nebraska Foundation, and co-chair of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. A driving force behind Lincoln’s Vision 2015 group, he also serves on several corporate boards, including Nelnet, Lincoln Industries and Great Western Bancorp, Inc. Henning earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Nebraska, as well as a graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also completed the Effective Management Program and Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the Stanford Directors College at Stanford University.
Michael Johnson ’81 joined Accenture, a global professional services and Fortune 500 company, as associate director in 2016. For more than 20 years, his primary focus included energy and business processes industries. Johnson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Nebraska, also works with finance, manufacturing, retail and consumer packaged goods. Johnson previously served as a general partner at Castle and Moat and a senior principal at Computer Science Corporation. He also worked as associate partner and business development manager at IBM and principal value engineering, director of business consulting and manager of pre-sales at SAP. He earned a master’s degree in finance from the College for Financial Planning in 2006.
Jane Miller is the chief operating officer and executive vice president for Gallup and also serves as director, owner and leader in the privately held, employee-owned company. Named COO in 2000, her responsibilities include all operational aspects of the service organization, including the orchestration and execution of The Gallup Path globally. This includes assuring a best practice workplace for employee and customer engagement and performance to drive loyalty and growth. Miller served on numerous boards including director of the Gallup Board, chair of the Kiewit Foundation and chairman of the Knights of Aksarben. A graduate of the College of Education and Human Sciences at Nebraska, she also volunteered as a committee member at Creighton University and the Omaha Zoological Society Board.
To learn more and register for the event, visit: http://cba.unl.edu/executive-insights