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Cornell Athletics Presents
The Cornell Varsity Club
Spring Speaker Series

in partnership with the Big Red Leadership Institute 


Dr. Irene Rosenfeld ’75 
Monday, April 8, 2019

4:45 pm

 Former Chairwoman & CEO, Mondelēz International
Phi Beta Kappa
Trustee Emerita, President’s Council of Cornell Women
A.B. Arts & Sciences ’75
M.S. ’77 (Business) & Ph.D. ’80 (Marketing & Statistics)

Recognized for her leadership, business acumen, and commitment to community
Irene Rosenfeld is one of Cornell’s most distinguished alumni. Her accolades are numerous and impressive. 

Ranked #3 on Forbes’ list of the World’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Business
Ranked #4 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business
Ranked #6 on the Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch  

She will speak about the impact that being an athlete had on her professional career.

“I’d like to think I could have become chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods even if I hadn’t been an athlete, but I truly believe I am a more focused, more competitive, more successful leader as a result of my experience in sports.”

“The experience of honing my competitive skills really gave me a leg up as I came into the business world because women of my generation didn’t necessarily have the experience of being competitive and playing to win.”

Excerpts from 
Chicago Tribune article.


Mondelēz International is the world’s largest snacks company with a portfolio of iconic global brands including Oreo, Ritz, Triscuit, Cadbury, Milka, Trident, Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish. The company has annual 
revenues of $26 billion and operates in approximately 165 countries.


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