The Novak Leadership Institute, in partnership with MU Extension and Engagement and the School of Accountancy at the Trulaske College of Business, will host the 2019 Novak Leadership Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:30 at MU’s Jesse Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust. Following his keynote on Leading with Trust, Mr. Covey will be joined by David Novak, co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands, (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC) for a conversation about trust as essential to the success of any leader and organization. Novak is a 1974 advertising graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

“We’re delighted to welcome both David Novak and Stephen Covey to campus,” said Margaret Duffy, Executive Director of the Novak Leadership Institute. “Both men are world famous leaders. Our students, Missouri faculty and staff, the Columbia community, and guests from all over the state will have the opportunity to learn about building trust and developing crucial leadership skills. We’re so grateful to them for presenting together and we look forward to an exciting evening.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Novak Leadership Institute, the MU Office of Extension and Engagement and the MU School of Accountancy at the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, with support from Plante Moran.  

Who: David Novak and Stephen M.R. Covey

What: Novak Leadership Speaker Series 2019

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Jesse Auditorium, MU

Topic: Leading with Trust

Format: Covey will deliver a keynote speech, followed by a conversation onstage between David Novak and Stephen Covey, seeded by questions from MU Novak Leadership students

Media availability: Mr. Novak and Mr. Covey will speak to the media after the onstage conversation from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.  


The Novak Leadership Speaker Series invites renowned experts from a variety of fields to the MU campus to share innovative ideas, best practices, and research to help build better leaders.

The Novak Leadership Institute was established with a $21.6M gift from David and Wendy Novak and their Lift a Life Foundation. The institute features an innovative approach to leadership education uniquely rooted in the principles of strategic communication and advertising.

MU Extension and Engagement addresses a wide range of needs for the state of Missouri, including economic opportunity, educational excellence and healthy futures.

The School of Accountancy at the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business is a nationally recognized school that consistently produces top students at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D level.

Plante Moran is one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with a personal touch in audit, tax, consulting and wealth management.

Author: Brandon Butcher