Walsh University Business Club Scholarship Luncheon Returns, 53rd Event Features Keynote Address on Ethical AI by Michael Wheeler of Patriot Software

For the first time since the pandemic, Walsh University's DeVille School of Business is proud to announce the return of its highly anticipated Business Club Scholarship Luncheon, the largest and longest standing student club at the University. Scheduled for Friday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the 53rd event promises an insightful exploration into the incredible success story of Mike Wheeler, President and Chief Legal Officer at Patriot Software who will explore the realm of Ethical AI.

photo of Mike Wheeler, President & Chief Legal Officer at Patriot Software

"We are incredibly excited to welcome Mr. Mike Wheeler, an expert and excellent speaker who will deliver remarkable insight into the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence,” said Business Club President Antonio Paganelli. “The Walsh University Business Club, along with all dedicated helpers, organizers, and members, is overjoyed to revive the Business Club Luncheon. This event is not only a celebration of our club's accomplishments over the past year but also a token of appreciation for our members, donors, and luncheon attendees. We are all really looking forward to sharing this remarkable occasion with everyone."

"From the Basement to the Boardroom"

Michael Wheeler's journey from the mail room to a leadership role at one of northeast Ohio's most successful tech companies is a testament to perseverance and innovation. With over 18 years of experience at Patriot Software, Wheeler has played a pivotal role in the company's growth trajectory, employing unconventional fundraising approaches and strategic investment initiatives.

During his keynote address, Wheeler will delve into the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence (AI) and its pivotal role in modern business landscapes. Drawing from his rich professional background, he will share industry insights and personal anecdotes, illustrating how embracing ethical principles can drive organizational success and foster sustainable growth.

The Business Club Scholarship Luncheon serves as a platform to recognize and reward academic excellence within the DeVille School of Business. Proceeds from the event directly contribute to student scholarships, empowering the next generation of business leaders to pursue their educational aspirations and make meaningful contributions to society.

“As one of the oldest and long-standing clubs on campus, we as faculty members are grateful for the opportunity to work with and advise the Business Club leaders in the DeVille School of Business. The level of energy and enthusiasm they bring for engaging in service activities, inviting community leaders as guest speakers, and being active in the local area and beyond is invigorating. They are excellent ambassadors for Walsh University,” said Dr. Phil Kim, Business Club Co-Advisor and Associate Professor.

“The student officers have spearheaded a dynamic reboot, orchestrating diverse opportunities such as hosting esteemed business leaders, organizing a Cavs analytics event, facilitating community service initiatives and crafting workshops to enhance professional development,” said Amanda Dalpiaz, Business Club Co-Advisor and Professional Instructor in Accounting. “The leadership team is also working diligently alongside staff in the Office of Philanthropy, Marketing, Alumni & Career Connections, and the event planning team to execute a successful Business Club Scholarship Luncheon. We are very proud of all their hard work and dedication to making the Business Club a success and offering several opportunities for members to connect with the business community.”

The Walsh University Business Club is a student-led organization dedicated to fostering servant leadership and providing experiential learning opportunities for students within the DeVille School of Business. By facilitating connections between the Walsh community and the broader business world, the club aims to promote integrated business approaches and advance student understanding of sustainable business strategies.

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Individual tickets for the luncheon are priced at $50, with table sponsorships available for $1,500. Visit to reserve your seat. The registration deadline is March 29, 2024. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Andrea Singarella at 330-490-7567 or via email at