Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Delta State alumnus Walt Bettinger, who is President and CEO of Charles Schwab.

Walt was on campus Oct. 23 to speak to students in the Delta State College of Business about his success as the leader of a Fortune 500 company and his advice for our students entering the business world.

Walt has been the President and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation since 2008 when he was also named to the Board of Directors for the company. He leads a workforce of nearly 15,000 full-time employees with headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in more than 325 locations across the United States plus London, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.

His duties include leading the development of strategies and services that assist millions of people worldwide in their efforts to save and invest – either directly, with the help of an independent investment advisor or through a company-sponsored retirement or benefit plan. He is credited with leading Schwab through the financial crisis. Post crisis, from 2009 through 2012 Schwab grew client assets by $530 billion – $200 billion more than the growth of all four of Schwab’s primary, publicly traded competitors added together.

In addition to his professional duties, he is active in numerous charitable and philanthropic efforts. He and his wife, Teri, are founders of the Walt & Teri Bettinger Foundation and the parents of five children.

In other events on campus, the celebration of Delta State’s 90th birthday will take place Tuesday (Nov. 3) with daylong events tomorrow and the annual Homecoming festivities which kick off on Friday and culminate with the Homecoming football game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Valdosta State University.

Stay up-to-date with campus news, events and activities by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu. I will see you next time for another edition of Fireside Chat.

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