Barry-Wehmiller CEO Bob Chapman to Speak at 14th Annual Aram Lecture

Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, sitting on a chair.
Barry-Wehmiller CEO Bob Chapman

October 20, 2022
Gonzaga University News Service

On Nov. 3, the School of Business Administration is hosting the 14th Annual Aram Lecture on Business Ethics. This year’s event features Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, for a discussion on how business can make the world a better place by adopting humanistic management practices.

Chapman was recently named No. 3 CEO in the world in an "Inc." magazine article and a Top 10 Social Capital CEO by "International Business" magazine. He is intentional in using his platform as a business leader to build a better world.

Chapman focuses on using what he calls Truly Human Leadership, a people-centric approach where he ensures his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose.

His experience with Truly Human Leadership inspired him to co-write the Wall Street Journal bestseller "Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family" with author Raj Sisodia, founder and co-author of "Conscious Capitalism."

The St. Louis-based Barry-Wehmiller is a $3 billion global capital equipment business with more than 12,000 team members. Chapman took over the senior executive position in 1975 at age 30, turning the 80-year-old, $20 million dollar business with outdated technology into a company with more than 115 successful acquisitions.

Chapman and his wife, Cynthia, launched the Our Community Listens nonprofit in 2013, bringing his company’s leadership training to communities at no charge. In 2015, Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute was founded, bringing Barry-Wehmiller’s trademark culture transformation and leadership training to for-profit organizations.

The Aram Lecture is an annual keynote address by a visiting lecturer invited by Gonzaga University’s John L. Aram Professor of Business Ethics, a position currently held by Dr. Brian Steverson. The professorship was established in honor of John Aram, a Gonzaga trustee and benefactor. The goal of the Aram Lecture is to give students a greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas faced by decision makers in business and government.

The Aram Lecture and Q&A featuring Bob Chapman will be held Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Wolff Auditorium in Jepson Center. A networking social will be held prior to the event at 5:30 p.m. Chapman will also be visiting with a “Leadership at Lunch” event, the SBA Faculty in the Hogan Boardroom, and one of Dr. Brian Steverson’s classes.

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