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Bringing interesting topics and people to our global community of students, alumni, and leaders in business and government to empower, educate and inspire. 

In each webinar we will bring experts from industry to our community with the purpose of sparking thought, connecting people, and stimulating engaging discussions.

Quantitative Strategic Decision Making During a Crisis

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (PDT) on ZOOM

It is expected from a leader to make decisions continuously, but not any decision. Decisions ought to be right and strategic. Both of these attributes are subjective and varied as time passes. Obviously, more time exposes us to more facts and information which affect the quality of the decision. But time is the element most in demand, especially during crises. In this talk, it is intended to discuss fundamentals of human psychology in respect to decision making, and how to utilize some tools and develop some skills to be able to reach a decision with enough confidence to execute during the crisis and achieve the desired outcome within acceptable range of deviation.

The webinar will include a short presentation by Hamed Khalkhali, Vice President, Engineering, AeroVironment, followed by an open, interactive Q&A session, moderated by Mike Panesis, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship. Join us as we move FORWARD TOGETHER.

Speaker Bio

Hamed Khalkhali

Hamed Khalkhali is the Vice President of Engineering for AeroVironment Inc, which is focused on Military grade Unmanned Air Vehicle located in Simi Valley, CA. The engineering department in AV includes 300+ engineers focused on design and development of advance SUAV systems. Prior to AV, Hamed has worked in Safran Electronics & Defense, Parker Aerospace, Siemens, and General Motors. In his 28 years in the industry, he worked 10 years in Automotive and the rest in Aerospace and Defense industries in various technical and Business Development roles. Hamed has been an adjunct faculty in the department of Mechanical Engineering in Cal Poly Pomona since 2006. He has earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is currently pursuing his General MBA at Cal Lutheran.



Past Webinars

Recorded Webinars

Global Supply Chain Risk Management during Uncertain Times: 
Strategies and techniques for managing in the new normal

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

As COVID-19 spread, countries on every continent went into lock down, and global supply chains came to a complete halt. Uncertainty is the new normal for supply chain managers, and there is no silver bullet. Based on his article, “Risk Management in an Era of Extreme Uncertainty”, published in Supply Chain Management Review (July/Aug 2020), Sumantra will addressed strategies and techniques that may provide a template for managing in uncertain times. 

The webinar includes a short presentation by Sumantra Sengupta, managing director of EVM Partners, LLC., followed by an open, interactive Q&A session, moderated by Dean Apfelthaler. 


Managing the Unimaginable: Crisis as an Opportunity

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In this webinar, Kelly Kimball, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Vitu shared some perspectives on how managing the unimaginable can turn a crisis into an opportunity. The webinar is informative, insightful and will offers viewers a new perspective, from an experienced entrepreneur, leader and visionary.


Responses to COVID-19 in Asia: Healthcare and Economy

Monday, June 22, 2020

In this webinar, Dr. Rafiq Dossani, Director, Center for Asia Pacific Policy at RAND shared some perspectives on how countries in Asia continue to grapple with COVID-19 and tackle the challenges to healthcare sector in particular and the broader economy, in general. The webinar is informative and insightful and offers participants insights into public policies in one of the most populous regions in the world.


Leadership and Innovation in Crisis

Friday, June 12, 2020 

Featuring Larry Clark, Managing Director of Global Learning Solutions and Mary Anne Amato, Director of Learning & Development, Global Sales at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning.

History has shown that crisis creates opportunity for innovation. In this session, Larry Clark and Mary Anne Amato shared insights into four key shifts that occur in times of crisis that foster the conditions for new thinking and doing. They also shared Harvard’s research on key ways that leaders can maintain the effect of these shifts beyond a crisis so an innovation mindset becomes embedded in the culture of their organizations.

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The Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19: Public Policies to Assist Frontline Health Care Providers

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Featuring Richard Mereu, Chief Governmental Relations Officer, Emergency Nurses Association
Moderated by Sabith Kahn, Program Director, Master in Public Policy and Administration

The federal government has taken unprecedented steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of this effort, Congress passed four major pieces of legislation related to COVID-19 in less than two months. These bills included initiatives to protect the safety of frontline health care workers and provide them with the resources to properly care for their patients.

This presentation provided an overview of these extraordinary efforts and insights on the critical role of advocacy in the passage of coronavirus-related legislation. It also focused on the importance of public service in promoting effective policies during this crisis.

Our guest speaker was Richard Mereu, chief government relations officer for the Emergency Nurses Association, a 46,000-member trade association based in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Design Thinking: Pre- and Post- COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Featuring Ravi Sawhney, Founder and CEO, RKS Design
Moderated by Gerhard Apfelthaler, Dean, School of Management

Learn how RKS Design, a globally recognized design and innovation consulting firm whose mission is to move people through design, is working through the COVID-19 crisis. Our guest speaker was Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of RKS Design and member of the Dean’s Executive Council at California Lutheran University’s School of Management. Mr. Sawhney discussed personal and organizational strategies that have been employed, due to the crisis, at RKS Design.


Covid-19 – Crisis management & Recovery Scenarios: An example in the Multinational Beauty/Haircare Industry

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Featuring Stefan L. Mund, Regional Head, Henkel Beauty CareHair Professional North America
Moderated by Gerhard Apfelthaler, Dean, School of Management

Learn how a multinational beauty and haircare corporation is working through the COVID-19 crisis. Stefan Mund, VP and Regional Head North America at Henkel and member of the Dean’s Executive Council at California Lutheran University School of Management, will discuss personal and organizational strategies to navigate challenging times. Henkel, a German-based multinational corporation successfully markets beauty brands such as Dial, Schwarzkopf, Sexy Hair, DevaCurl, and others.

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Career Entry and Advancement in Time of Crisis

Wednesday, April 17, 2020


Monica Tobin, Associate Director, Executive Search, Century Group
Becky Bruno, President, Bruno Recruiting Group
Nate Corte, Director, Head of Strategy & Operations, Global Engineering, Amgen
Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search and 2020 Women on Boards

Industry experts discuss how to manage your job search through this COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists weigh in on how you can focus your online presence, virtual interviews, and networking. We know students are looking for guidance on how to approach the job market and move forward in their career paths. Remember, we are all in this together and we want to help you get through this global crisis.