Opus Distinguished Speakers Program
Robert Safian, Editor and Managing Director
Fast Company magazine
Robert Safian was named 2009 Editor of the Year by Adweek and recognized as a 2008 Innovator of the Year by B-2-B Media. Under his leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including a two-time National Magazine Award Finalist in 2009, Magazine of the Year honors from the Society of Business Editors and Writers in 2008, and the prestigious Gerald R. Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Journalism in both 2007 and 2008, among many others.
About the Opus Distinguished Speaker
In December 1997, Opus Corporation funded an endowment at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business to develop an international speakers program. Today, the Opus Distinguished Speakers Program brings nationally recognized leaders of business, government and academia to campus for periods of up to five days. Those leaders invited to serve as Opus Speakers are chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, public service and character.
The purpose of the program is to expose students and faculty to the latest ideas and forces that are shaping American and international business. Leaders and executives, who face these issues daily, provide significant educational enrichment that complements the in-class curriculum. In addition, the program enhances the reputation of the business school by affording the greater community access to the visiting scholar.