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Speakers Announced for Convention 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
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We’re excited to announce two outstanding brothers, who will highlight the banquet at the upcoming Sigma Phi Society Annual Convention. These two alumni have established themselves as incredible leaders within their professional, community, and personal lives.


Emcee - Dick Davies, F’75

After graduating from UW in 1979, Dick started his career in brand management at P&G.  After graduating from Harvard Business School and a 5-year stint at the Boston Consulting Group, Dick has spent the majority of his career in the investment management industry holding senior executive roles at First Chicago, Russell Investments and AllianceBernstein.  After retiring from Alliance Bernstein, today Dick serves as an independent consultant to leaders in the investment management industry.  Beyond Wall Street, back at his alma mater, Dick serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the UW Department of Economics and sits on the Board of Visitors for the UW Department of Political Science.  Since high school and through today, Dick has held both local and national leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America organization.


Keynote Speaker - Bill Cohen, Ph.D., F’90

Bill has deployed skills learned at Sigma Phi - as a team leader, teacher and generally great guy – in many domains.   A signature portion of Bill’s career was spent leading expeditionary engineering teams throughout Iraq for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force to provide life-saving science and technology solutions to mission-essential operational problems.  The MARCbot robot his team developed was a breakthrough technology used for remote inspection of potential IEDs during warfighter patrols. Bill was also instrumental in the development of the Rapid Deployment Integrated Surveillance System that provided perimeter security for hundreds of Joint Security Stations and Combat Outposts throughout Iraq and became the backbone for the Army’s integrated surveillance operations in Afghanistan.  When he hasn’t been protecting our troops, Bill has served on the faculty of both UW and Massey University in New Zealand, teaching industrial and human factors engineering, operations management and psychology.  Bill has also served for many years as a volunteer EMT and ski patroller.  At Sigma Phi, Bill applied his training in psychology serving for many years as a key liaison between the actives and alumni in Madison.  He understood and bridged the needs and motivations of both young and seasoned Sigs.  A great story teller, Bill will share thoughts on how finding and cultivating inspiration creates brief moments of greatness (though not necessarily happiness), and how to pass it forward.


Undergraduate Hicks Oratorical Contest Winner – TBA

A highlight of each Convention banquet, the Oliver H. Hicks Oratorical Contest was inaugurated through the generosity of Mrs. Gertrude G. Hicks, widow of Oliver H. Hicks, V’1868.  Its goal is to explore Sigma Phi through the art of public speaking.  The first contest was held in 1922 at the Society’s 95th Convention in Madison.  The contest is open to all undergraduates in the Society who will compete on Friday evening for the opportunity to win a cash stipend and present the winning speech at the Saturday Convention Banquet.  Stay tuned for this year’s winner.


The upcoming Convention will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Sigma Phi Society at the UW-Madison on the beautiful shores of Lake Mendota.  Registration for the weekend activities and banquet is still open. Go to for more information and registration details.

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