Elizabeth D. Rockwell established the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership in 2004 with the firm belief that the university should host important discussions about leadership and ethics.
Rockwell, who began her association with the University of Houston in 1938 as a student, continued to support UH as one of its most generous benefactors, up until her death in January 2011. A widely respected expert in retirement, estate, investment and tax planning, Rockwell gained national recognition for her work with IRA rules and regulations. She later became executive director of the Private Client Division of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., retiring in 2001. As her career spanned decades, she never forgot her UH roots.
Past distinguished speakers include:
October 22, 2015 — Jason Silva
Jason Silva, TV personality, filmmaker, and public speaker
November 7, 2013 — Mae C. Jemison
Astronaut, doctor, and founder of the Jemison Group 100 Year Starship project
April 13, 2011 — Neil de Grasse Tyson
Astrophysicist and Director of the Haden Planetarium who explored the future of America in space
April 26, 2010 — Nathan Wolfe
Virologist who explored viral forecasting and the hunt for the next killer virus
November 17, 2008 — Thomas Friedman (postponed due to Hurricane Ike)
Journalist and author
January 17, 2008 — Francis S. Collins & Christine Rosen
Physician-geneticist (Collins) and author (Rosen) who explored the DNA tampering and genetic discrimination (collaboration between UH & Holocaust Museum’s Medicine & Ethics Lecture)
February 7, 2006 — David Gergen
Political commentator and advisor who explored the 21st Century view of ethics and leadership
Tickets are free-of-charge, but seating is limited. All attendees are required to obtain a ticket.