Business Transformer Kristen Neller Verderame, '90, Returns for Isaac Alumni Lecture

isaac_verderame2.jpgImproving business from the top down is the unique and in-demand talent of Kristen Neller Verderame, '90, Albion College's 2010 Elkin Isaac Alumni Lecturer. Verderame discusses her successes, and Albion's part in helping her achieve them, on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Science Center Towsley Lecture Hall.

Verderame is founder and CEO of Pondera International LLC, a consultancy formed to assist corporate executives and boards with strategic planning and transformational and growth projects. She concurrently serves as principal and general counsel for the strategic consulting firm, Laconia Group.

She is a former vice president and general counsel for British Telecom's U.S. operations, and is active in leadership positions with several European-American business organizations. Verderame graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College, with honors. She received her juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

Verderame's presentation opens Albion College's two-day Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium, a celebration of student achievement in research, scholarship and creative activity.

Symposium events continue with research presentations by nearly 100 Albion College students all day Thursday, April 22. Film director Mira Nair presents the Calvaruso lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday evening, concluding the symposium.

Albion College’s Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium honors alumnus “Ike” Isaac, ’48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by many of Isaac’s former students and team members.

The Isaac Research Symposium events are free and open to the public. More information is also available at the Symposium Web page or by contacting Symposium coordinator Mike VanHouten at 517/629-0293.