COD presents event in auditorium with speaker

COD Presents

The College of DuPage Speaker Series "COD Presents" features keynote presentations and facilitated conversations with prominent individuals from across the country who are using their resources, influence, creativity and passion to make a positive impact in the world. These candid dialogues with guests create an opportunity for COD students, faculty, staff and community members to exchange ideas and walk away inspired.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for details on the October 2024 event. 

Past Events

An Evening with Richard Montañez

Richard Montanez

Presented on Thursday, April 4, 2024
From humbled beginnings as a Frito-Lay janitor to a rising company executive, inventor Richard Montañez inspired the creation of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and other related products. His true grit, homage to Mexican culture and unwavering determination helped to disrupt the food industry to evolve the popular snacks into a billion-dollar enterprise and global cultural phenomenon. After his presentation, Montañez sat down for an enlightening talk with MAC Director Diana Martinez and an audience Q&A. He also signed copies of his book “Flamin’ Hot,” which was adapted into the Disney+ film directed by actress Eva Longoria.

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An Evening with Elizabeth Smart

elizabeth smart

Presented on Oct. 19, 2023
Nearly 700 attendees filled Belushi Performance Hall on the College of DuPage’s Glen Ellyn campus to hear Elizabeth Smart speak about her personal story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. The author, advocate for change and national speaker discussed her grueling nine-month kidnapping and her abductors’ trial, highlighting the importance and process of recovery, and having hope in even the most difficult situation.
Guests received a free copy of Smart’s book “Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward and Never Giving Up” and the opportunity to have their copy signed during the events meet and greet. 

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