The Chapman University School of Business was founded in 1974, but in 1999 we officially became the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics thanks to a transformational gift made by the Honorable George L. Argyros ’59. His generosity set in motion a new era of growth and achievement in business education. In recognition of his vision and leadership, we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us.

For the next year, please join us for our 20th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series, each representing facets of our honoree’s remarkable life and career.

Brexit: A Conversation about International Economics with Nigel Farage

Presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of War and Society

Friday, October 26, 2018 | George H. W. Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404

Nigel Farage is a British politician, broadcaster and political analyst who was the co-founder in 1993 and leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2006 to 2016. 

Farage began his career in 1982 as a commodities trader at the London Metal Exchange and ran his own metals brokerage firm after working at Credit Lyonnais Rouse and Drexel Burnham Lambert. He left a successful career to go into politics  after the Conservative party signed the Maastricht Treaty, which advocated “ever closer union” between European nations. 

In the 2009 European Parliament Election, UKIP came second defeating Labour and the Liberal Democrats. In  2014, UKIP, still under Farage’s leadership, came first in the United Kingdom with 4,5 million votes and in doing so, became the first political party since 1906 to win a national election that was not the Labour or Conservative parties. This successful result put the Conservative party under great pressure to organize a referendum on the membership of the United-Kindom to the European Union.  

In June 2016, Farage was a leading figure in the campaign to leave the EU. This gained him the name “Mr Brexit” by the then candidate to the U.S. presidency Donald J. Trump whom he came to support at a Mississippi rally in 2016. Nigel Farage was one of the very few that predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential elections. 

He has since provided political analysis for both the main Fox News channel and its sister channel Fox Business Network. Farage is also hosting The Nigel Farage show on the British radio station LBC and launched “Farage against the Machine” podcast to be found on iTunes early 2018. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the author of several books. 

A special thanks to Shannon and George Argyros Jr. ’89 for sponsoring our evening with Nigel Fararge.


A Conversation about Sports Leadership with Jeanie Buss, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Lakers

Presented in partnership with Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | Lunch: 11:30 a.m. | Remarks: 12 p.m. | Kennedy Hall, Room 237AB


A Conversation about International Relations and Leadership with Andrew Card, form Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

Wednesday, March 6 | Dinner: 5:30 p.m. | Remarks: 6:30 p.m. | Beckman Hall, George Bush Conference Center | Room 404

Andrew H. Card Jr. is currently chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He has held numerous positions under three Presidents, including Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush and as a U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He served President Ronald Regan as a Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs.