Students Get Inside Look at Executive Leadership from CEOs and Captains of Industry in Weekly Lecture Series

Beginning in February, Yeshiva University students will have the unique opportunity to hear from and interact with today’s most influential and successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, trailblazers and innovators from top companies around the world as part of the Annual Kukin Entrepreneurial and Executive Leadership Series presented by YU’s Syms School of Business. The series, sponsored by Doris and Dr. Ira Kukin, begins on February 5 at 10 a.m. and runs every Friday through April 27 at YU’s Beren Campus, Yagoda Commons, 215 Lexington, New York City.


Speakers include: Seth Merrin, CEO and director of Liquidnet; Mark Gerson, president and CEO of Gerson Lehman Group; David Sable, Global CEO of Young & Rubicam; Kim Diamond, senior managing director at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.; Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks; Warren Eisenberg, co-founder and co-chairman of Bed Bath & Beyond; Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, P.C.; Gail Magaliff, CEO of F·E·G·S Health and Human Services System; and Warren Struhl, founder and chairman of Popcorn Indiana, Dale and Thomas Popcorn, co-founder and CEO of PureBrands/Sheets Energy and Chief Inspiration Officer of Successories, Inc.

“This course provides our students with the unique opportunity to interact with world-class business leaders in an intimate and comfortable setting,” said Dr. Moses Pava, director of Syms. “Every Friday morning, students push beyond their textbook understanding and glimpse into the world of business from the perspective of some of the wisest, most powerful and most experienced practitioners in the world.”

Past speakers include Izzy Borovich (El Al), Mickey Drexler (J. Crew), Howard Jonas (IDT), Sumner Redstone (Viacom), Michael Bloomberg,  Ivan Seidenberg (Verizon), Fred Wilpon (NY Mets), Bob Catell (KeySpan/National Grid) and Neal Shapiro (Thirteen/WNET), among other luminaries.

The three credit course (no prerequisite) is open to all undergraduate students at Syms, Stern College for Women and Yeshiva CollegeFor more information about the Kukin Lecture Series or to RSVP, contact Professor Steven Nissenfeld a