The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectures focus on subjects to help narrow the widening gap between fast moving advances in knowledge acquisition and their understanding and appreciation by the general public. The individuals selected as lecturers are chosen to fulfill the lectureship’s important public outreach function and contribute to an understanding and appreciation of rapid advancements and important nuances in their fields. Our lecturers are chosen on the basis of their international renown and their ability to speak and interact with a well-informed public audience.

These lectures are presented at CU Denver and are generally given each fall.

Fall 2021 Lecture

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Student Commons 2600

The Three Circles of Leadership That Can Change the World

Paul Boulos, PhD, Dist.M.ASCE

Former founder, Chairman and CEO, Innovyze

National Academy of Engineering

Paul Boulos, PhD.  Black suit with glasses

Why do many successful firms fail while others continue to thrive? The answer has everything to do with leadership. Great leaders are not born, they are made and do not rely on magic or luck to sustain success and change the world. They share the same leadership sweet spot — the intersection of character, competence, and adaptability — model the behaviors necessary for success, and create their own luck. These qualities are essential if you aspire to be that person and make an impact. Ultimately, great leadership is the most important competitive advantage companies have.

Dr. Paul Boulos is a highly dynamic engineering and technology business leader and philanthropist.

He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),
the Society’s highest honor; and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer.

Learn more about Dr. Boulos.


Past Distinguished Lectures have included topics ranging from returning wolves to Colorado to the promise of Big Data.

All lectures have been recorded and are available to watch on YouTube.



Susan Solomon, PhD

Ozone Depletion at the Ends of the Earth

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Ed Lazowska, PhD

Big Data, Enormous Opportunity

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Jennifer A. Lewis, ScD

3D Printing: Making the Future

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Richard Klein, PhD

Modern Human Origins

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Mike Phillips

Wilderness Restored: The Wolf's Return to Colorado

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Paul Boulos, PhD

The Three Circles of Leadership That Can Change the World

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