Distinguished Speaker Series

The Williams College of Business at Xavier University presents the Distinguished Speakers Series, an annual series of presentations by prominent leaders designed to educate, enlighten and inspire.

The series brings top-level business, academic and political leaders to campus to discuss world issues, introduce new ideas, generate discussion and further the educational mission of the college. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event. Attendance is free due to PNC sponsorship, however seating is limited and RSVP is required.

We are pleased to host the Distinguished Speakers Series to highlight business leaders and their organizations, as well as provide our students and faculty access to best practices and networking. Please discover for yourself the culture that makes the Williams College of Business a wonderful place for learning. 

Bill James

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Noon
Bill James,Writer, Historian and Statistician.
Schiff Family Conference Center Cintas

The Man Behind The 'Moneyball' Sabermetrics  
James is a prominent author on the subject of baseball from a statistical perspective. Though not a statistician by trade, he pioneered the field of saber metrics with his insightful, articulate, creative, knowledgeable, occasionally comical and always idiosyncratic writings on a plethora of baseball-related subjects. He is credited with coining the term sabermetrics, and is considered by most to be the father of the sabermetric movement. While many subsequent authors have refined and expounded upon James' theories, which often lacked citation and statistical rigor, it would be hard to argue that anyone has done more than James to advance the field of sabermetrics. He is currently employed by the Boston Red Sox as a Senior Baseball Operations Advisor.

Luncheon at Noon

Attendance is complimentary and made available through PNC’s sponsorship
which also provides funding for student and faculty development.

Registration for this event is now closed.