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2022 Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturer

Lily Hakim (pictured above)
Lily Hakim is Director, Executive Operations, working within Pfizer’s Office of the CEO to support strategic decisions. Operating with the philosophy that finance should be a partner to the business, Hakim led the financial management of Pfizer’s landmark COVID-19 clinical trial among other vaccine research and development programs. Prior to joining Pfizer’s R&D Finance division, Hakim worked in the assurance practice of Ernst & Young and also held an advisory role to the CFO of a Fortune 100 defense contractor, where she led a team in a successful accounting claim against the U.S. Government. A licensed CPA, she graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and management and earned her master’s degree in accountancy from the McIntire School of Commerce.

Past Lecturers for the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

2015     Jessica Posner Odede, Co-founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities

2016     Gretchen Steidle, Founder and President of Global Grassroots

2017     Rachel Zaslow, Executive Director of Mother Health International

2018     Jensen Montambault (CLAS 1995), Executive Director, Science and Nature for People Partnership (SNAPP)

2019     Pamela Sutton Wallace, CEO, UVA Health System

2021     Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt, Head of Global Diversity and Belonging, Airbnb


About the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

In 2014, Beverly Cobble Rodriguez and Joe V. Rodriguez, Jr. generously endowed the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship Fund Supporting Women’s Education and Global Leadership to allow us to host an annual lecture on women’s education and global leadership with a special emphasis on healthcare, multi-national business, and the liberal arts.