Webinars: Faculty Thought Leadership

Syracuse University talks business webinar speaker series

Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management professors are offering webinars on issues that are impacting communities across the globe. This virtual format allows Whitman to collaborate with faculty from other schools and colleges on campus, as well as the inclusion of alumni and industry professionals. Join us for an upcoming faculty discussion or watch a previous event.

"Blockchain/Crypto/Web3: Implications for Supply Chain and Finance"

This webinar provides an overview of the industry practices of blockchain and crypto applications in supply chain and finance. The presenters covered different types of blockchain applications in supply chain management, crypto tokens and associated financing issues. In addition, they talked about the most recent trending topic of Web3 and its implications for supply chains and businesses in general.

Moderator and Panelist:
Fasheng Xu, assistant professor of supply chain management at the Whitman School

Rowena J. Gan, assistant professor of information technology and operations management at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

"Management Issues Faced by U.S. Companies Based on COVID-19, Re-emergence of China and Russian/Ukraine War"

The webinar focused on the management and strategic challenges (due to COVID, re-emergence of China, Russian invasion of Ukraine, inflation, labor shortage, etc.) faced by the panelists’ employing organizations/industries in particular and the U.S. economy in general, and the reactions of their organizations/industries.

Cameron Miller, assistant professor of management at the Whitman School

Stephen Bell ’09 MBA, project engineer at FedEx Corporation
Mark Hebert ’05, managing director, head of investment grade corporates at Deutsch Bank AG
Stephanie Jorden ’07, executive director, global commercial capabilities at Amgen

"Tax Implications Related to COVID-19: What Can Individuals and Businesses Expect?"

This webinar covered tax changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including topics relevant to individuals and small businesses/pass-through entities. Discussion topics related to individuals will include student loan forgiveness, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), medical expenses, meals and entertainment deductions and child tax credit advance payments. Topics that were discussed regarding businesses/pass-through entities, including IRC section 461(l) on business loss deduction limitations including net operating loss deduction rules and state reporting issues related to working from home or out of state.

Susan Albring, professor of accounting in the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting at the Whitman School

Mark S. Reid ’84 MBA, CPA, senior advisor at Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa (FMFE), CPA, PC
Mitchell Franklin ’99, ’00 M.S., CPA, associate professor of accounting at Le Moyne College's Madden School of Business

"COVID & Future Supply Chain Disruptions in 2022"

The COVID-19 pandemic with its variants is impacting different parts of the world at different times and continues to do so. Extreme weather events, which have unleashed environmental catastrophes leading to loss of human lives, continue to prevent areas around the world from producing and moving materials. Cyber security issues are disrupting systems and impacting supply chains while shutting down businesses, geo-political issues which could threaten our supply of energy and semi-conductor chips, the looming longshoreman potential strike and how it could impact our already overwhelmed ports in California and lastly the "bullwhip effect" which could cause inventory issues for companies in 2022. What supply chain disruptions should we expect in 2022? When will this global supply chain chaos end? Will we get back to normal?

Patrick Penfield, supply chain professor and director of executive education at the Whitman School
Cory Sanderson ’15 M.S., adjunct professor at the Whitman School, and director, client solutions, Northern California for Flexport

"The Post-Pandemic Real Estate Market: Emerging Trends 2022"

The panelist of alumni held an interactive discussion about the many facets of real estate after the pandemic, which covered real estate investment and development, public financing, financing and development of hotels, brokerage and much more.

Milena Petrova, associate professor of real estate & finance at the Whitman School

Justin Cooper ’09, ’10 M.S., founder and managing principal of Layla Capital
Asher Flaum ’02 (FALK), real estate broker and president of Flaum Management Company
Jeff Grasso ’09, managing partner at Vesta Realty Partners
David Nass ’91, managing director at UBS Investment Bank
Gregg J. Wallace ‘91, owner and president at AMA Financial LLC.

"Business in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities"

The panel featured experts who discussed many topics including: The implications of the recalibration of U.S. foreign policy on the region and American firms doing business in Asia; The impact of national security policies and fin-tech on compliance challenges in international finance; and Asian perspectives on the current global supply chain problems.

Kyu Lee, associate dean for global initiatives and professor of marketing

Ravi Dharwadkar, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and professor of management
Kristen Patel, professor, policy studies program; Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs
Bart Edes, distinguished fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC) and professor of practice, McGill University

"ADHD and Entrepreneurship"

The panelists discussed why we find that highly successful entrepreneurs, an astounding 62%, identify as having traits consistent with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Why is that? They discussed the notion that far from being a disadvantage in business, having ADHD may be an asset to entrepreneurial ventures. They also discussed what traits/behaviors need to be augmented, by hiring business partners who excel at those specific traits around them.

Laura Marien, student, Harvard University Extension School

Johan Wiklund, Al Berg Chair and professor of entrepreneurship
John Torrens, professor of entrepreneurial practice, deputy department chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

"Brexit: Its Impact and Implications Post Pandemic"

This webinar featured three panelists who answered questions about the impact of Brexit in the UK, in Europe and in the U.S. They also discussed the impact that the pandemic has had on the new system and the implications for the end of the deal and what will that look like.

Tom Barkley, professor of finance practice

Mike Harris, founder and CEO, Cribstone Strategic Macro
Glyn Morgan, associate professor of political science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Fatma Sonmez-Leopold, assistant teaching professor of finance

“Vaccine Supply Chains”

This webinar addressed the challenges in vaccine supply chains, including the increasing number of variants and equitable distribution of vaccines in the United States and international communities.

Burak Kazaz, Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and director of the Brehten Operations Management Institute

Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals and fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University
Prashant Yadav, INSEAD professor and fellow of the Harvard Medical School and the Center for Global Development

“Entrepreneurship in Time of Crisis”

Panelists from Whitman’s Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES) discussed the economic outlook for entrepreneurial businesses during the pandemic, the specific challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs and the value of flexible and adaptive small business policies. Panelists also explored the invaluable impact that social entrepreneurs make on the well-being of society in the time of need.

Maria Minniti, IES director and Bantle Chair in entrepreneurship and public policy

Roger Koppl, professor of finance
David Lucas, assistant professor of entrepreneurship
Zach Rodriguez, postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE)

“All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Individuals, Organizations and Society”

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness was a public health issue because of its prevalence in society and its connection with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. With quarantines, stay-at-home orders, social distancing and work-from-home becoming our new normal routine, our daily social interactions have been disrupted or disbanded, which threatens our fundamental need for belonging. Now organizations, individuals and society must consider how to manage loneliness and find social connections in a socially distanced world.

How are people affected by loneliness, and are some people more vulnerable to feeling lonely? How can feeling lonely affect our identification with our groups and organizations? How can organizations adapt or institute practices and policies to help employees who are suddenly having to work remotely satisfy their relational needs? Could loneliness have any benefits? Panelists discussed these questions and more.

Lynne Vincent, assistant professor of management

Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management
Charisse L’Pree, associate professor of communications, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

“Perspectives on Retail in the Wake of COVID-19”

This forum examined the retail industry in the wake of COVID-19. Our expert faculty and industry panelists discussed the immediate and systemic impact of the pandemic on the retail industry and entertained questions from the audience.

Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of supply chain management

Lizanne Kindler, CEO of Talbots and Whitman Advisory Council member
Ray Wimer, professor of retail practice
Guiyang Xiong, associate professor of marketing

“Economic Impact of COVID-19”

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management collaborated with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to present a virtual faculty forum on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The professors shared observations on the macro economy and COVID-19, including the latest trade outlook. Discussion topics included market volatility, bonds, inflation expectations and governmental interventions through corporate and banking channels.

Andrew London, professor of sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Mary Lovely, professor of economics, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Erasmo Giambona, professor of finance
David Weinbaum, professor of finance

“Supply Chain Stress: How COVID-19 Impacts the Items You Buy”

COVID-19 is impacting the world’s supply chain in myriad ways. From “panic buying” causing shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer to meat packing companies dealing with labor shortages, the supply chain is under stress. Hear more on why this is happening and what can be done to mitigate future supply chain risk. What are companies learning? What should consumers know? Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice, answered these questions and more.

Presented by:
Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.

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