Francis J. Noonan School of Business Announces Fall Speaker Series

Loras College’s Francis J. Noonan School of Business will host two speakers to address intentional and unintentional communication influences this fall as part of its annual speaker series, themed this year around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Ashton Henderson

“The current national scope and influence of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in every industry is remarkable,” Jim Padilla, dean of the Francis J. Noonan School of Business, said. “It is vital to our students, faculty and staff as well the broader Dubuque community to develop a mindset of how we can best support each other. We are blessed to have the ability to bring to our campus such influential people as Ashton Henderson and Meg Bucaro.”

Ashton Henderson, the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Detroit Pistons, will present “Unpacking Microaggressions vs. Microinvalidations Activated at Loras College” on the third floor of the Miller Academic Resource Center at 6 p.m. on September 29.

Henderson earned his bachelor’s in advertising and master’s in public relations from Michigan State University and a master’s of business administration from Florida State University in 2019. Ashton serves as the president of the National Association for Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). 

Meg Bucaro (’98)

Loras alumna Meg Bucaro (’98) will return to campus on October 21 with her presentation, “Boss Up! Powerful Communication Behaviors Behind Influence.” Her talk will also be held on the third floor of the Miller Academic Resource Center at 6 p.m. 

Bucaro is a communications strategist, professional speaker, business owner and college instructor. She earned her bachelor’s in public relations at Loras and a master’s in communication studies at Northern Illinois University. She trains professionals to increase their credibility, likeability and influence through communication behaviors.

The Francis J. Noonan School of Business Speaker Series invites qualified individuals to Loras College’s campus to speak on topics relevant to today’s business world. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).