Richard H. Austin Lecture

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This lecture is open to all students, alumni and friends of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The program begins with rotating student breakout sessions and includes a luncheon, networking, a keynote lecture and optional building tours. Registration is complimentary to all who attend, but there are a limited number of spaces available.

Student breakout session topics will include:

  • How to put your best foot forward with recruiters
  • What's the shape of my career?
  • Meet and greet the firms
  • How to build my professional network

This year’s Richard H. Austin Lecturer is Bryan C. Barnhill II. Barnhill was elected to Wayne State's Board of Governors in November of 2018 and also works in Ford Smart Mobility's City Solutions Group, where he plays a critical role in shaping the creation of Ford's urban eco-system for mobility innovation in Detroit. Previously, Barnhill served as chief talent officer in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration. Barnhill was also the campaign manager for the “Duggan for Detroit” campaign, where he led the historic write-in campaign victory for Mayor Duggan. Barnhill has a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Harvard with additional coursework in corporate financial accounting from MIT. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. A proud Detroit native, Barnhill currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two children.

Program schedule:

8-9 AM | Registration and breakfast
9-9:45  AM | Breakout student session 1
10-10:45 AM | Breakout student session 2
11-11:45 AM | Breakout student session 3
12-1 PM | Lunch and networking
1-2 PM | Keynote speaker and remarks
2-3 PM | Student and staff-led building tours

Please RSVP by Friday, September 6.

For more information or to reserve a sponsorship, please contact Matt Roling at or 313-577-6032.

Business, Mike Ilitch School of
2771 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information about this event, please contact Matthew X. Roling at 313-577-6032 or

Submissions for this form have closed on September 9, 2019 at 12:00 am.