Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958

Columbus Connects Leadership Lecture Series

Interact With Industry Leaders

The Columbus Connects Leadership Lecture Series is a program offered by Christopher Columbus High School to provide its school community with opportunities to learn about professional and timely topics of interest by industry and community leaders, while offering occasions to network and socialize.
Since its inception in 2008, 37 inspiring speakers have participated in the series from different professional backgrounds. Notable past lectures include:
Marcus Lemonis '91: Host of CNBC's The Profit

Dr. Anthony Atala '75: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Director/TED Speaker
Fortune 500 Company CEO Panel: Jose Mas '89 (MasTec), Carlos Rodriguez '82 (ADP), Robert Sanchez '83 (Ryder), and Luis de la Aguilera '77 (US Century Bank) 

Marc Buoniconti '84: President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

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    The success of our Leadership Lecture Series is due to the great number of prominent alumni who have participated and are committed to our Columbus community. Since its inception in 2008, 37 inspiring speakers have participated in the series from different professional backgrounds.
    This exemplifies the great work the Marist Brothers and faculty of Christopher Columbus High School have done to fulfill the Marist mission and form men of faith that go on to lead and serve their communities.

2020-21 Lectures

2020-21 Lectures

    • Frank Azor

      Frank Azor '99, an Alienware co-founder and the former General Manager of XPS, Dell’s premium consumer brand and Dell gaming, which includes Alienware and G-Series Gaming. Dell's gaming business during Frank's tenure was reported as leading the industry with over $3B in revenue. Frank now serves at AMD's chief Architect of Gaming Solutions.

    • Facundo Bacardi

      Facundo Bacardi '84 brings AMPARO, an immersive theatrical experience, to Columbus. Amparo, presented by HAVANA CLUB Rum, features two former Explorers – Gabriel Bonilla '09 and Michael Ferreiro '08 – and takes you back in time more than 60 years and puts you right in the center of the action as the Cuban revolution shakes the island.

    • Businessman Jorge Mas

      Businessman Jorge Mas '81 (MasTec) and soccer legend David Beckham are bringing a new Major League Soccer franchise to south Florida — Inter Miami CF. Learn directly from the team owners about their journey in bringing world class fútbol to our world class city and what is being planned for this dynamic team.

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Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.