"Brilliant delivery. Cunningham covered all of the book's topics using solely Q&A format. An engaging and impressive performance."
--Elliot Trexler, Founder, GLOBAL RETURN Asset Management & Vice-Chair, Value Investing Committee, New York Society of Security Analysts
"A very animated and likeable speaker, Cunningham keeps every member of the audience engaged with a well-honed presentation."
--Bruce Kelley, CEO, EMC Insurance Co. & President, Rotary Club International (Des Moines)
"Engaging, entertaining, and informative. Cunningham has all the rich research content of an author and law professor combined with the dynamic presentation style of a professional motivational speaker."
--Robert P. Miles, Director, Value Investor Conference and Charlie Munger Summit
Interested in having Cunningham speak at your firm, event or school? Contact Lillian White, Executive Assistant to Professor Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For two decades, Lawrence Cunningham has been the editor and publisher of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, the authorized and thematically arranged abridgement of Buffett's shareholder letters. Cunningham self-publishes the book and made it into an international best-seller, now available in a dozen languages and achieving what the book trade calls "long-seller" status.
A popular professor of business law at George Washington University, Cunningham's dozen other books include How To Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett and The AIG Story, co-authored by AIG's long-time leader, Hank Greenberg. As a business author, deal lawyer, and consultant on corporate governance and culture, his writings appear in a variety of publications--the New York Times, the Financial Times, Directors & Boards, Columbia Law Review.
Cunningham was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, graduated high school from Girard College in Philadelphia, earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Delaware, and law degree from Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School in New York. He is a former deal lawyer at New York's Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
At GW, he teaches business law to promote deal-making and transaction design that keeps everyone out of court--the last place he believes any business person should be. In addition to lecturing, Cunningham loves teaching, writing, reading, running, biking, swimming, and spending time with his wife and two daughters, especially at the beach. He divides the rest of his time between New York City and Washington D.C.
Recent Tour Schedule
Cunningham during 2014-15 offered a year-long series of author events featuring his latest book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett; another tour is being planned for the fall and winter of 2015-16 (reach out if you'd like your town to be included).
|City||Date||Venue||Co-Presenters / Program Note|
|Omaha||5/1/14||U. Nebraska||Value Investor Conference|
|Newark||9/23/14||U. Delaware||Chaplin Tyler Leadership Lecture, Alumni Series|
|Palo Alto||10/17/14||Author @ Google Series (YouTube)|
|New York||10/28/14||Yeshiva U., Cardozo Law||Sandy Gottesman (Berkshire director & investor)
Bruce Whitman (CEO, FlightSafety)
|Minneapolis||10/29/14||U. Minnesota||John Mooty (former CEO, Dairy Queen)
John Stavig (U. Minn.)
|Knoxville||11/3/14||U. Tennessee||Jim Clayton (former CEO, Clayton Homes)|
|Washington||11/4/14||GWU, Jack Morton Auditorium||Don Graham (former CEO, Washington Post)
S. J. Trachtenberg (President Emeritus, GWU)
|Des Moines||11/6/14||Drake U., Sheslow Auditorium||Financial Executives International Lecture|
|Des Moines||11/6/14||Rotary Club||Luncheon Series|
|Des Moines||11/7/14||CPCU Society||Insurance Day Breakfast Lecture|
|New York||11/11/14||Fordham U., Flom Auditorium||Gabelli Center Lecture|
|New York||11/17/14||Society of Securities Analysts||Co-sponsor: Museum of American Finance|
|New York||11/25/14||Harvard Club||Author Series|
|Palo Alto||12/8/14||Stanford U.||Susan Decker (Berkshire director)
Brad Kintsler (CEO, See's Candies)
Tom Russo (Berkshire investor)
|Louisville||12/11/14||CFA Society||Luncheon Series|
|New York||2/4/15||Columbia U.||Ajit Jain (CEO, Berkshire Re)
Bruce Greenwald (Columbia U.)
Chris Davis (Berkshire investor)
Tom Russo (Berkshire investor)
|Richmond||2/5/15||U. Richmond, Ukrop Auditorium||Tom Gayner (Markel Corp., Berkshire investor)|
|Chicago||2/11/15||Northwestern U.||Frank Ptak (CEO, Marmon Group)|
|St. Louis||2/25/15||Wash. U.||Tom Manenti (CEO, MiTek)
Radha Gopalan (Wash. U. Olin)
Hilary Sale (Wash U. Law & Olin)
|Philadelphia||2/26/15||Union League||Library Hour Series|
|New York||3/23/15||Princeton Club
/ Columbia Club
|Bruce Greenwald (Columbia U., introducing)|
|Winston Salem||3/27/15||Wake Forest U.||Conference Keynote|
|New York||4/8/15||Penn Club||Author Series|
|Manchester||4/23/15||St. Anselm College,
|Ethics in Governance Forum|
|Omaha||4/30/15||U. Nebraska||Value Investor Conference: Charlie Munger Summit|
|Omaha||5/1/15||Creighton U.||Special Session plus Value Panel|
Recent Tour Photos and Videos
- Union Leader Story on New Hampshire Event
- You Tube Video of Presentation and Q&A
- GW Daily Coverage of GWU Event
- Video of GW Event (Don Graham @ 5:30; Lecture @ 22:50; Discussion @ 46:30)
- Photo Album from DC / GWU Event
- Bloomberg Note on Cardozo Event
- Video of Cardozo Lecture and Panel Discussion (lecture @ 9:00; panel @ 28:00)
- Photo Album from NYC / Cardozo Event
- You Tube from Author @ Google Talk
- Video of Stanford Event
- Bloomberg Note on Stanford Event
- San Francisco Business Times Note on Stanford Event
- Olin Blog Post on Wash U Event
- Video of Minnesota Lecture, Comment and Discussion (lecture @ 5:00; comment @ 27:00 & 32:00)
- Coverage of Des Moines Rotary Club Event
- UDaily Coverage of U. Delaware Event
- Gabelli Connect Coverage of Fordham U. Event
Berkshire Annual Meeting (Event at Creighton University)
St. Anselm College, New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Columbia University with Ajit Jain, Tom Russo, Chris Davis, Bruce Greenwald, Damon Phillips
George Washington University with Steve Trachtenberg, Don Graham
Cardozo Law School /Yeshiva University with Sandy Gottesman, Bruce Whitman
From top left: LC's wife Stephanie Cuba next to Paul Lountzis; Simon Lorne shaking hands with LC; Tom Russo; Carol Loomis
Author Talks at Google
Stanford University with Susan Decker, Brad Kintsler, Tom Russo
Washington University in St. Louis with Tom Manenti, Hilary Sale, Radha Gopalan
University of Tennessee with Jim Clayton
University of Minnesota with Chuck Mooty
Des Moines Rotary /Drake University, hosted by Bruce Kelley
University of Delaware
With Jim Kelly (top); members of "Smart Women in Securities" (bottom)
"Few know the inner workings of Berkshire as well as Cunningham. He engages in a lively discussion with the audience, brings great insight to the topics and shares wonderful stories about all of the important people close to Buffett. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation."
Paul Johnson, Nicusa Investment Advisors and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School
"Cunningham's lecture was both educational and entertaining. Our students learned a lot about Berkshire Hathaway and its culture of shared values."
--James Russell Kelly, Director, Gabelli Center of Fordham University
"Cunningham offers rich insights, in a clear and compelling manner."
--Brian Tayan, Director, Corporate Governance Research Initiative, Stanford University Graduate School of Business