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Executives head to OSU to share successes at Spears Business CEO Day

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Business leaders and entrepreneurs (from left) Brett Biggs, Janet Chouraki and Jill Donovan will discuss their experiences as company executives at CEO Day April 2.

Successful business executives will be sharing their stories with Oklahoma State University students during the Spears School of Business’ CEO Day from 3:30-5 p.m. April 2 at the Student Union Theater.

The forum, “Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Excellence,” will feature Brett Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Walmart; Janet Chouraki, chief executive officer and co-founder of Love Dirty; and Jill Donovan, chief executive officer and founder of Rustic Cuff. Biggs (MBA, 1996) and Chouraki (marketing, 1988) are both OSU graduates, while Donovan is a graduate of Oral Roberts University who went on to earn her law degree from the University of Tulsa.

CEO Day is presented by the Business Student Council, the MBA Association and Spears Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus. Students can discover challenges and issues that business leaders face, understand how CEOs chart their career paths, discover characteristics they seek in managers, interact with successful executives and learn about their decision-making processes and leadership styles.

Biggs is responsible for Walmart Enterprise Solutions, which includes all finance functions as well as Global Business Services. Previously, he was the chief financial officer for Walmart International, Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club. He also served as senior vice president of international strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and as senior vice president of corporate finance. Biggs was also the senior vice president of operations for Sam’s Club.

Chouraki spent 11 successful years in the menswear industry after graduating from OSU before becoming a director at Coach Inc. where she led the international business in an aggressive reinvention and growth period. In 2010, she joined LBrands as the leader of Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories where she grew the business to 400 stores. She currently is the co-founder and CEO of Love Dirty, a skin-care company.

Donovan was a practicing attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Tulsa when her passion for cuff bracelets led her to launch the Rustic Cuff, which has evolved into multiple showroom locations and more than 150 employees. Her cuffs are regularly featured on national television and can be seen on the wrists of many celebrities. A motivational speaker, Donovan encourages people to pursue their passions.

For more information about CEO Day, contact Lindsey Wallace at 405-385-5160 or lwallace@osugiving.com.

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