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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.

Managing the Unimaginable: Crisis as an Opportunity

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (PDT) on ZOOM

In this webinar, Kelly Kimball, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Vitu will share some perspectives on how managing the unimaginable can turn a crisis into an opportunity. The webinar will be informative, insightful and will offer participants a new perspective, from an experienced entrepreneur and visionary. The event will include a short presentation followed by an open, interactive Q&A session, moderated by Dean Apfelthaler. Join us as we move FORWARD TOGETHER.

Speaker Bio

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Kelly Kimball is a technology entrepreneur, political strategist, and sought-after lecturer. A noted visionary, Kimball has pioneered a variety of business enterprises, taking them from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations. He founded SDR Technologies, Inc. (SDR) when government agency eFiling was still in its infancy, creating the country’s first electronic filing system for political reporting across multiple states. As Executive Chairman, Kimball enables Vitu to forge strong relationships between government and business enterprise. With years of experience consulting governments worldwide, Kelly is widely recognized as a pioneer of eGovernment, becoming a regular fixture in North American media.


Past Webinars

Recorded Webinars

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 DCEO, 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.