Trends Expert Levine Serves as Stover Speaker Series Keynote

Posted on 11/5/2019 3:53:06 PM

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology hosted Daniel Levine as part of the Stover Speaker Series. 

Inaugurated in 2015, the Stover Endowed Business Speaker Series was created by IUP alumni Dennis Stover ’76 and Regina Stover ’75 to bring speakers of national and international prominence to speak at IUP. Through this speaker series, IUP will strive to broaden local horizons and encourage critical inquiry.

Stover Speaker Series October 29, 2019Levine made an excellent presentation to over 300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the Eberly Auditorium that focused on the Supremacy of Simplicity, the Ratings Economy, Trust and Transparency, and the Future of Technology. He challenged students to identify ways that they can make things easier for others, be easier to work with, consider who is rating them and how they can improve their rating, what more can they do to gain trust, and how they can use trends to create innovation.

Following the presentation, a group of student leaders had the opportunity to enjoy networking and a luncheon with Levine and the Stovers.

Stover Speaker Series Luncheon October 29, 2019Senior management major Brandon Lynd appreciated the event, saying, “It was a very interesting to learn about the trends that are occurring both domestically and internationally, and how Daniel’s company tracks trend activity. I appreciated his advice to students regarding how they think about the impact that trends and ratings have on what we do and what others think of us. I also appreciated the opportunity to spend time with the keynote and donors for the event. I am grateful for all that Eberly does to provide students with opportunities for networking and professional development.” 

Daniel Levine is one of the world's best-known trends experts. Named “the ultimate guru of cool” by CNN, he is the author of over 20 best-selling books and a frequent guest on international television and radio. Daniel is the executive director of the Avant-Guide Institute, a New York-based trends consultancy, where he is the leader of a huge team of trendspotters who track the latest ideas from around the globe. From American Express and Microsoft, to South African Tourism and the UNWTO, Daniel works with businesses and governments around the world to help them be more relevant, innovative, and profitable. 

Stover Speaker Series, Daniel Levine, Keynote October 29, 2019Daniel regularly works with top companies worldwide, from Intel, MasterCard, Samsonite, and Saatchi & Saatchi to McDonald's, Pfizer, Carlsberg Breweries, and more. He has spoken at schools such as Stern School of Business at New York University, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and INSEAD at Fontainebleau, France.

Daniel focuses on business trends, consumer trends, and tech trends across the industrial spectrum, which means he will give our students fresh insights and inspiration based on what businesses around the world—and across numerous industries—will be doing to successfully attract customers and increase sales.