Join us for Virtual Fridays at Findlay

8 - 9 a.m. (EST)

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The Fridays at Findlay lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for community members regarding best leadership practices and offer insights into the challenges professionals face. Fridays at Findlay is sponsored by Premier Bank (formerly First Federal Bank).

For a limited time, our Fridays at Findlay presentations will be offered virtually and free of charge. This is a great opportunity to bring your work team together for a free leadership session without even leaving the office.

Watch recordings from previous Fridays at Findlay speakers via our YouTube channel or read more in our online newsroom.

Upcoming Fridays at Findlay Presentations

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
Growing Your Brand Through Digital Experiences
8 a.m. (EST)
Virtual via Zoom webinar
Free event

headshot of Vijay TalwarSpeaker: Vijay Talwar '92, executive vice president & CEO of Foot Locker Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Growing Your Brand Through Digital Experiences 
Understanding the difference between “Need” versus “Want” based retail is the key to growing your brand in an omni-channel environment. Vijay Talwar, executive vice president and CEO of Foot Locker EMEA, explores this concept by explaining the differences between Millennial and Gen-Z attitudes, why elevating convenience to the level of experience matters, how purpose-driven retail can impact your brand and - perhaps most curiously - why it should matter to you that he keeps a pair of his son’s sneakers under lock and key.

About Vijay
Vijay Talwar is the Executive Vice President and CEO of Foot Locker Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is a 1992 graduate of University of Findlay, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He went on to receive his Master of Accountancy from Miami University and also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Vijay currently serves on University of Findlay’s Board of Counselors as well.

Vijay joined Foot Locker in 2016 as President of Digital and assumed the position of CEO of Foot Locker EMEA in 2019. As CEO, he is responsible for guiding strategic direction and vision for Foot Locker EMEA, including franchise operations. Vijay focuses on driving productivity and capitalizing on growth opportunities, while furthering an elevated multi-channel experience across this important geography.

Prior to joining Foot Locker, Vijay served as Nike’s Chief Operating Officer for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa; Chief Executive Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation India; and CEO, CFO and President of International at Blue Nile.

Vijay is married with two children. His son is in college and his daughter is in high school and she loves horses. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife, daughter and dog.

Register via Zoom webinar here:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Characteristics of an Effective Board Member
8 a.m. (EST)
UFTV Livestream with possibility of in-person option

*Please note this presentation is being offered on WEDNESDAY and is currently planned as virtual. Should circumstances allow for in-person, as well as virtual, we will make that announcement in early April*

Speaker: Dan Sandman, Board Director for MPLX, Roppe Corporation USA, Grove City College, Carnegie Science Center and more.

Do you serve or are you thinking about serving on a non-profit or corporate board? Or, perhaps you’d like to learn how board decisions impact an organization. Dan Sandman, whose board involvement includes MPLX, the Roppe Corp., the Phillips Companies, U.S. Steel, among many others, has extensive experience in both realms. He is a sought-after authority on governance issues and will bring us great insight on characteristics of an effective board member.

About Dan
Dan Sandman’s professional career is expansive, and has included serving as general counsel and secretary of Marathon Oil Co., general counsel and secretary of USX Corp., as well as numerous other positions within both companies, in multiple locations throughout the United States and abroad. 

While Dan is now retired, he continues to serve on various boards. His board experiences include corporate board director for MPLX, the Roppe Corp., the Phillips Companies, U.S. Steel, as well as many non-profit boards including the Carnegie Science Center, Grove City College, the Pittsburgh Opera, Heinz History Center, and the OSU College of Law National Council, among many others. Dan has also taught Corporate Governance Law at the Ohio State University College of Law for the past 13 years, and has been a guest lecturer on board governance at Oxford University.

Along with all his other commitments, Dan finds the time to volunteer regularly at United Way of Houston, the Houston Grand Opera, the Big Brothers Organization and the Hancock County Mental Health Society.

Dan graduated from Ohio State University with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree. During and after his time at Ohio State University, he also served as a finance officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Questions? Please contact the University of Findlay Division of Advancement at 419-434-5334 or [email protected]

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Wednesday April 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Special Wednesday Event - Characteristics of an Effective Board Member with Dan Sandman.
This event is currently planned as virtual. Should circumstances allow for in-person, as well as virtual, we will make that announcement in early April.
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