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. Founded in 2008, 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
Molly Catalano, MBA '08
Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Five Guys Enterprises
Wednesday, November 18
4 - 5 p.m.
Zoom Webinar Produced by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Molly Catalano is a communications specialist with over 16 years of experience in the restaurant industry. She has since spent the past 15 years leading the marketing and communications efforts for Five Guys including branding, internal and external communications, marketing, customer service, and social media.
During Molly’s time with Five Guys, the company has grown from 30 restaurants on the East Coast of the United States to over 1,600 locations in 19 countries. Molly earned her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University with a Public Relations focus, and then earned her MBA from George Mason University School of Business. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Chris (also a Mason alumnus!) and three daughters.
Lara Sweet, BS Accounting '96
Chief People Officer, Snapchat
Wednesday, March 24
4 - 5 p.m.
As Chief People Officer at Snap Inc., Lara Sweet is responsible for managing talent and supporting a strong company culture by overseeing recruiting, talent management, benefits and compensation, diversity and inclusion, council and workplace services teams.
Ms. Sweet also served as interim Chief Financial Officer from January 2019 to May 2019. She served as Chief Accounting Officer from October 2017 till September 2019, responsible for leading the global accounting, financial reporting, shared service and financial operations processes. Previous to that role, she served as Controller since June 2016, joining Snap to build out their accounting function and
prepare for the IPO.
From November 2014 to June 2016, Ms. Sweet served as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at AOL, Inc., and previously served as Vice President, Internal Audit from April 2014 to November 2014, and Vice President, Assistant Controller from August 2011 to April 2014.
Prior to her time at AOL, Ms. Sweet led internal audit, accounting, and external reporting functions in the financial services, travel and hospitality industries. She graduated from George Mason University in 1996 with a B.S. in accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.