18th Annual Spencer Lecture Series

Brandon Pichanick '08, Chief of Staff at Viasat, Inc., was the featured speaker at the 18th annual Spencer Lecture Series this morning with his talk Doing Hard Things in Hard Places.
 
The lecture honors George Twig Spencer III, the only known University School alumnus to perish in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Mr. Spencer's family, classmates, and friends established the series to pay tribute to him and to enhance awareness and knowledge of international relations, tolerance, and understanding.
 
Mr. Pichanick has held numerous roles at the United States Agency for International Development, which is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Currently, he works in the private sector at Viasat, Inc., with the mission to become the first company to provide internet access to the entire world.
 
Addressing over 400 students, faculty, and guests at Hunting Valley’s virtual assembly, Mr. Pichanick ’08, stressed the importance of searching for big problems that need solutions and drive a sense of purpose.
 
“Look around at what’s going on in the world and find big problems that you are either personally driven to or just curious about and go tackle them,” he said.
 
“You can’t tackle big problems if you don’t bring people from different backgrounds, upbringings, and political spectrums together."
 
Mr. Pichanick encouraged the students to use the tools, classmates, and culture of US as energy and support as they find their purpose. 
 
View video of the Spencer Lecture HERE.
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Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
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