Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series
(formerly Johnson & Strachan)
A diverse group of corporate leaders and government officials discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. This community-based academic initiative will enrich the educational experience of the School of Business' students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.
Students, faculty, and alumni are all encouraged to join the conversation and follow live coverage of each speaker series on Twitter using #BBspeaker.
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Thinking Big: Radical Disruption Through Technology
Vice President Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
Currently the head of global public sector, Teresa Carlson is responsible for strategy, operations, sales, and business development for Amazon's Web Services and Cloud Computing business. She is charged with driving both revenue and partnership strategy across public sector in all geographies. Carlson also serves as the lead public policy advisor to the business for global public sector.Carlson has more than 20 years of experience as a business executive driving innovation and change and producing successful business results. A highly respected leader in the information technology field, Carlson's customer focus has delivered exceptional value to her client while consistently exceeding her organization's business goals.
Carlson has earned a number of awards for her leadership, most recently receiving the 2013 FCW Federal 100 Eagle Award for her service to the federal government customer. She has received numerous other awards for her leadership, including being named to Washingtonian Magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women" and honored as one of the "2013 Tech Titans" for contributing prominently to the growth of the Washington, D.C. tech market.
Carlson has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in communications and speech and language pathology from Western Kentucky University. She holds a variety of certificates.
Chief Financial Officer, Travel Channel
Kellie Goldstein is the chief financial officer and senior vice president for Travel Channel, the world's leading travel media brand, available in nearly 96 million US homes and over 130 countries. In her role, Goldstein serves as the primary financial advisor and business partner responsible for finance, accounting, strategic partnerships, mobile programming, budgeting, and business planning.
Previously, over a 13 year career at Thomson Reuters, her roles included: chief financial officer of the emerging markets and chief financial officer of Asia based in Hong Kong (two of the highest growth and strategic divisions), global controller, and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis. She also has experience raising venture capital, in global mergers and acquisitions and with an initial public offering.
She is a CPA and has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia, Hagler Bailly, and CACI.
Goldstein is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Business with a MS in Accounting and of Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance. She has also attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for their Executive Education - Strategic Financial Leadership program.