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Cornerstone Speaker Series

Cornerstone Speaker Series - Spring 2021

The Monte Ahuja College of Business Cornerstone Speaker Series is where theory meets practice. Intended to be an interactive and engaging conversation led by faculty experts paired with forward-thinking industry leaders who share their knowledge and best practices for operating in today’s ever-changing business environment.

Thursday, October 26, 2023
The Influence of Military Strategy on Business Strategy
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
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In business, we communicate with target markets, lead and motivate teams to meet organizational goals and objectives and compete with rival organizations to achieve a competitive advantage. Military organizations, while serving different objectives, often use strategies that business professionals can learn from and use as a guide - not only to achieve corporate objectives but to enhance their own personal career journeys. Join us as we speak to two seasoned professionals who have successfully used both military and business strategies to build successful careers.  

Panelist: Bob Shea, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Additional panelists and bios to be announced soon.

Moderated by Donna Davisson.


Thursday, November 16, 2023
How Companies Create A Data Culture

Panelist: Tom O’Toole, Associate Dean for Executive Education & Clinical Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co., Retired CMO/SVP and President of Mileage Plus Holdings at United Airlines

Moderated by Pedro Gerum.


Thursday, December 7, 2023
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Retaining Talent In A Challenging Post-Pandemic Labor Market
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While employment levels and quit rates for U.S. workers have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, demand for workers outpaces supply and factors such as the “Great Resignation” and preferences of workers for remote work still contribute to a very tight hiring market. In this context, companies need more than ever to emphasize retaining and developing their employees. Organizations that examine the trends and act thoughtfully will have an edge in attracting and retaining talent. Topics to include:

  • Trends/State of Labor Market
  • Current trends in attracting and retaining talent
  • Role of professional development and positive culture in employee retention
  • Benefits of having a strong employee retention plan

Panelists include:

  • Anna E. Gibson, Senior Compensation Analyst, Women in Lincoln Leadership Chair, The Lincoln Electric Company
  • Rebecca Bertram, Director Talent Acquisition, The NPR Group

Moderated by Dr. Melissa Gruys, Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business


All Cornerstone Speaker Series webinars are held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM.

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