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Annual Benjamin Hale to Feature Meeker ’09

Bringing together students and distinguished alums to recognize the best of Hobart’s traditions, outstanding academic achievements and social contributions, the annual Benjamin Hale Dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

This year’s keynote address “How Being Humble and Vulnerable is the Start of a Life Long Journey of Impact” will be delivered by Oliver Meeker ’09, a blockchain platform sales and market development leader at IBM.  Craig Phillip ’18, a psychology major, will offer the student address.

In 2017, Meeker was featured in a book and Fortune magazine article that discussed the high professional demand for liberal arts graduates, which he noted are instrumental in helping IBM explain the intricacies of its work to clients outside of the technology sector.

Prior to joining the sales team at IBM, Meeker was the lead analyst on a food safety pilot that became one of IBM’s first blockchain-based solutions for food safety. Previously, Meeker was a senior investment analyst with Vietnam Investments Group, a private equity firm, serving on the firm’s team that brought Dairy Queen to Vietnam.

At the Colleges, Meeker graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and completed an Honors project, “One Viet Nam — Post War Memories and Future Aspirations,” under the guidance of Professor of Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06. He also studied abroad in Vietnam and was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright research grant which allowed him to research the rising entrepreneurial class in Vietnam.

Meeker was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, Kappa Alpha fraternity and played for the Hobart tennis team. He was the recipient of the Irving Louis Horowitz Prize in Sociology, the Durfee Award for most outstanding senior, and the James Mickel Williams Prize in Social Sciences.

Phillip is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and has been inducted into the Orange Key and Chimera honor societies. During his time at HWS, Phillip has studied abroad in Panamá; Argentina and Greece. He is the recipient of the Ellen’85 and Andrew ’87 Celli Scholarship.