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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU hosts the inaugural Novak Leadership Speaker Series

By: Maya Nunn

October 24th, 2018

Story Contact: Cailin Riley, 573-882-4870,

WHAT: The University of Missouri will host the inaugural Novak Leadership Speaker Series featuring MU alumnus David Novak. The event will feature speakers from different professional backgrounds to share advice and research with future leaders. The event is hosted in partnership with the Novak Leadership Institute and the MU Office of Engagement and Extension. This event is free and open to the public; those interested should register at

WHO: Speakers include:            

  • David Novak, MU alumnus, co-founder, retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands
  • Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for extension and engagement

WHEN: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24

WHERE: Jesse Auditorium, MU Campus

NOTE: Marshall Stewart and Margaret Duffy, director of the Novak Leadership Institute, will be available for interviews following the event Wednesday.

Novak will not be available for media interviews following the speech but he will be available for interviews on Tuesday, between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Reporters interested in this opportunity should call Margaret Duffy at (573) 268-9954 to set up an interview.

Parking will be available in the Turner Avenue Garage.