Twitter, American Greetings and Verizon Alumni Executives to Keynote Business Club Luncheon, Nov. 17


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For 50 years, one of the most anticipated events of the Walsh academic year has been the Business Club Luncheon. Founded in 1966, the Business Club has hosted an impressive portfolio of internationally renowned business leaders who have shared their expertise and insight into current business trends both local and global. In a fitting tribute to mark its 50th Anniversary, this year’s experts represent industry giants in innovation, creativity and information technology -- Twitter, American Greetings and Verizon Wireless. They also happen to be three Walsh University alumni. 

On November 17, Walsh University will present alumni executives in a Ted-style talk on "The Digital Transformation," Thursday, November 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Barrette Business and Community Center. The panel will feature:

  • Ged Tarpey ’03, Twitter, Inc., Head of Media and Entertainment, West
  • Carol Miller ’93, American Greetings, Vice President, Corporate Innovation
  • Bobby Morrison ’05, Verizon Wireless, Senior Vice President, Digital Operations

Individual tickets are $40 per person. Call Andrea Singarella at 330.490.7567 for additional information. Event registration is open and available at

Hosted by the Walsh University Business Club student organization, proceeds will benefit Walsh student scholarships.

About the Speakers:

Ged Tarpey resides in Los Angeles and serves as the Head of Media and Entertainment West at Twitter, where he has worked closely with all of the major movie studios and TV networks on innovative ways to market a movie or TV show on Twitter.  As the Head of Media and Entertainment West, he has had the opportunity to interview and work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Prior to Twitter, Tarpey spent six years at Microsoft where he was the Global Account Director focused on working with movie studios. Before joining the advertising world, his first career was as a professional soccer player for Manchester City in his native England. Tarpey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Walsh University in 2003. During his tenure at Walsh, he was a member of the Cavalier soccer team, earning All-American and Academic All-American honors. 

Carol Miller’s role as Vice President of Corporate Innovation is to inspire and define a centralized innovation strategy for American Greetings. She leads a team of business and creative disciplines that collaborate with the Company’s business units to develop and activate their innovation agendas, provide focus, and increase the volume of new products launched. Miller was promoted to this position in March 2013.

Miller joined the Company in 1999 as Director of Online Marketing for AG Interactive. She also served as Director of Sales Strategy for the online division before moving to American Greetings Inbound Licensing department as Director of Business Development.  After three years in that role, she accepted a position as Director of Business Invention. In 2008 she became Executive Director of New Product Concepts and managed a team responsible for developing and launching new-to-the-world greeting card products into retail.

Prior to joining American Greetings, Miller worked in New York in sports marketing, handling corporate sponsorships for the Women’s Sports Foundation. She graduated from Walsh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law. During her tenure at Walsh, she was a member of the Cavalier soccer and softball teams, earning Academic All-American honors and All-American in soccer. She went on to earn her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law and is licensed to practice in Ohio.

Miller is a member of the Foresight Council, a roundtable forum for executives who lead future studies, scenario planning and long-term research within the strategy or innovation function. She also belongs to Innovation Leader, a community of corporate innovation executives.

Robert J. Morrison III is head of Digital Operations for Verizon Wireless. In this role he has responsibility for platforms, partnerships, systems, revenue generation, profitability, sales, strategy and overall performance across all Verizon Wireless digital assets.

Prior to his current role, Morrison was President of the Pacific Northwest Region for Verizon Wireless, responsible for sales, marketing, operations, customer service, business development and network expansion in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, which included more than 1,700 employees. He also served as Executive Director of Marketing in the Midwest Area, responsible for the Business-to-Business (B2B) and telesales channels as well as planning and strategy for the enterprise segment across 18 states. Morrison was regional director of business and enterprise sales headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Morrison serves on the board of directors of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), the largest statewide association of technology companies and executives in the world. He also serves on the board of directors for Timberlake Church. He is a regular speaker at technology events across the Northwest. Morrison graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Walsh University in 2005.

The Scholarship Luncheon will also include the awarding of the annual Business Club Scholarship.

Event sponsorship packages are also available for $1,500 and include a table of eight. Thank you to our major event sponsors Huntington Bank, Standard Printing Company and American Greetings.