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UNT Insider | September 2010 Issue | UNT to honor Herb Kelleher, host Frank Deford at annual Murphy Leadership Luncheon

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UNT to honor Herb Kelleher, host Frank Deford at annual Murphy Leadership Luncheon

From a UNT News Service press release

Herb Kelleher

Herb Kelleher

Frank Deford

Frank Deford

  • What: Author and commentator Frank Deford will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 BDO USA, LLC Leadership Luncheon, which will benefit UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship. Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher will receive the 2010 Murphy Award.
  • When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19
  • Where: Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas
  • Cost: $175 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are also available at the $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 level. Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for students pursuing entrepreneurship. 

The 2010 BDO USA, LLC Leadership Luncheon, which benefits UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, will honor Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher and host author and commentator Frank Deford as the keynote speaker.

Kelleher will receive the 2010 Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship. Previous honorees include Ebby Halliday, H. Ross Perot and Trammell Crow. The award recognizes Kelleher's lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship.

Kelleher is the founder, chairman emeritus and former chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines. He is credited with creating the lighthearted corporate culture that Southwest is known for today. Fortune magazine has called him the best CEO in America. Kelleher was named the chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors this past July.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to listen to a keynote address by Deford, a contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and frequent contributor to National Public Radio and RealSports with Bryant Gumbel. Deford's keynote address is titled "SPORTS: The Hype & The Hypocrisy."

Deford is the author of 15 books. One of Deford's books, the novel Everybody's All-American, was adapted into a Hollywood movie. Alex: The Life Of A Child, Deford's memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis, was a made-for-television movie on ABC. The Sporting News described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media" and GQ has called him "the world's greatest sportswriter."

Winners of the New Venture Creation Contest, a contest that provides seed money to students to fund their entrepreneurial business plans, also will be announced at the luncheon.

For more information, or to purchase sponsorships, tables or tickets, visit the Murphy Center website

Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at alyssa.yancey@unt.edu.

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