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Russell G. Cleary Leadership Lecture established

Posted 1:28 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

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World-renowned business adviser, author and speaker Ram Charan will lead presentations at UWL Wednesday, Oct. 28.

CBA event features world-renowned business speaker Ram Charan

[caption id="attachment_4941" align="alignright" width="300"]Headshot image of Ram Charan Ram Charan[/caption] World-renowned business adviser, author and speaker Ram Charan will lead presentations at UWL Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Cleary family is sponsoring the high-profile speaker as the first Russell G. Cleary Leadership Lecture as a part of the CBA Distinguished Lecture Series. Charan will give a public lecture on globalization at 2:30 p.m. in the Hesprich Auditorium in Graff Main Hall. The lecture is open to students, faculty and community members. Charan will also offer a program for the La Crosse region business community from 10:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. at the Strzelczyk Great Hall, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. Advanced registration is required and limited. Charan has spent 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs and boards. He is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business to uncover the core business problem. His solutions, shared with millions through his books and business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and actionable. The lecture honors Russell Cleary who attended UWL from 1951-54 and earned the Graff Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980. Cleary built La Crosse’s Heileman Brewing Co. into one of the largest breweries in the country. In addition to numerous other awards, he was named Executive of the Year by “Corporate Report Magazine” in 1980. Cleary, a strong supporter of UWL, was committed to serving the La Crosse community. The Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, which opened in 1995, is named for Russell and his wife, Gail, ’55. Russell Cleary died in 1997. For more information on the program contact Anne Hlavacka, director, UWL Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at  


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