Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series 2013-14

Jessica Jackley, Kiva co-founder

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Ukrop Auditorium, E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

Ms. Jackley's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. No ticket required. There will be a reception following the event. In addition, Ms. Jackley will be available to meet with interested students and faculty for breakfast on Thursday morning, February 6; seating for this event is limited, so please contact Jennifer Cable at if you are interested in reserving a seat.

Forum on Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race: Discussions with the Candidates

Republican candidate Kenneth Cuccinelli II
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

About the Series

The Richard L. Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series was established in 2011 in honor of Richard L. Sharp, a nationally recognized entrepreneur, to present competing views on topics crucial to our nation and global society. Sharp is a recognized thought leader and an exemplar of personal and professional integrity who continues to serve as a mentor to aspiring business and community leaders. His professional career includes the founding of Applied Systems, Inc. in 1975. In 1982 he joined Circuit City as executive vice president and led its development as a national consumer electronics retailer from 1984 to 2002 and also served as president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board.

Under his leadership, Circuit City developed into one of the nation’s Fortune 500 businesses. Throughout the 1990s he masterminded Circuit City’s venture into CarMax, which revolutionized the automotive retail industry, growing it into the nation’s largest retailer of previously owned cars. He retired as chairman of the board in June 2007. Most recently he served as chairman of the board of Crocs, Inc. from 2005 to 2010. He continues to demonstrate his values of leading by example, helping shape the landscape of Virginia through his personal philanthropy, and by inspiring and motivating others to give back to their community.