Guest Speaker for the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies - Barbara Mowry
Her experience includes senior executive roles in three Fortune 500 companies: Oracle Corporation, TCI (Comcast Corporation), and United Airlines. She also served as CEO of four intraprenurial and entrepreneurial ventures. She has founded companies, raised significant venture capital, and has led both business to business and business to consumer focused companies.
Mowry has been at the forefront of innovations that continue to add business value today. In the airline industry, she led the MileagePlus frequent flyer program. Across a variety of industries, she developed customer loyalty programs, and new technology products that enable business to business e-commerce, data quality and data integration in large enterprises. And as the cable television industry entered the digital era, she led the launch of products enabled by the convergence of voice, video, and data.
She serves on both public and private company boards of directors. Mowry is a member of the Kauffman Foundation Board of Trustees and Vice Chair of the Carlson School Board of Overseers. She was also the past Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Board of Directors.
Mowry is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is also a member of the Committee of 200, the International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors, and other community groups. She was appointed a judge at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
She has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. She has also been named by Denver Business Journal as The Outstanding Woman in Business in Technology and Telecommunications, and has been recognized as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado.”
Mowry holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.