Forward Together Webinar Series
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.
NEXT UP: Panel Discussion
Covid-19 Pandemic and Restaurant Recovery in the City of Pasadena
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (PST) on ZOOM
This webinar brings together experts in the area of local economic development. The participants will share their insights on the public policy changes that can be made, to address the gaps that exist, to help restaurants recover.
- The role of local government in invigorating local businesses/ local economy
- The synergies of government- private sector in the LA/ Ventura County areas
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
In her role as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads LAEDC’s collaborative efforts with business, education, and the workforce ecosystem to support a growing, equitable, sustainable and resilient economy. Leveraging her expertise in convening and engaging businesses leaders to understand and meet their operations and labor needs, Jessica leads one of the most effective small business assistance teams in the nation that has attracted, retained or helped create more than 245,000 direct jobs for LA County residents in firms directly assisted by LAEDC.
Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-ku-kim-3796b33/
City Manager, Pasadena
Mr. Mermell was appointed City Manager by unanimous vote of the City Council and assumed his duties February 15, 2016. As City Manager he is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and is charged with supervising, coordinating, and administering the various functions of the City. He has direct responsibility for all departments, divisions, and offices of the City with the exception of the City Attorney/Prosecutor and City Clerk which are separately appointed by the City Council.
Connect with Steve on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-mermell-42273814/
Somjita Mitra, PhD
Director of Institute for Applied Economics, LAEDC
Somjita Mitra, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Applied Economics at LAEDC. She joined the Institute for Applied Economics as an Economist in June 2013. She is involved in the planning, designing and conducting of research and analysis for consulting clients and local businesses and governments, as well as for LAEDC’s internal departments. Her focus is in regional analysis, economic impact studies and the industrial and occupational structure of local economies.
Connect wtih Somjita on LinkedIn athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/somjitamitra/
MPPA student, California Lutheran University
Current MPPA student who finished a capstone project on the restaurant industry recovery in Pasadena. Sefain is also currently an Education Associate with the US National Archives and Records Administration.
Connect with Greg on LinkedIn athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-sefain-4bb56b51/
The Power of Brand and Digital Marketing and the Value of Marketing to The U.S. Latino Cohort
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In this webinar, Andrea will discuss the key role that brand and digital marketing play in business strategy and success. Learn how authenticity is the key factor in driving impact, and how directing your marketing campaigns toward the U.S. Latino Cohort will enhance the bottom line. Andrea’s strength is in creating unique experiences that provide value for the brand and the consumer alike. You’ll learn how and why; plus, you’ll leave with fun marketing tips, new ideas, and powerful facts and data about The New Mainstream Economy and why the future of marketing should center around the Latinx Cohort.
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Creative Ventures in Art, Design and Luxury Watchmaking
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. (PST) on ZOOM
Robert will talk about the emotional rollercoaster rides and key learnings when starting a contemporary art space in Mexico City, building an artificial island on a river with New York artist Vito Acconci and relaunching Carl Suchy & Söhne, the most important luxury watchmaker of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
Finding Purpose the Japanese Way - IKIGAI for Leaders
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Frank Brueck, Director, The Ikigai Corporation; Honorary Professor, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Yes, it is possible to have a working life that’s enjoyable, meaningful and successful, all at the same time. The Japanese even have a word for it: Ikigai – sometimes referred to as the reason why we get up in the morning. In other words the purpose of your (working) life. In this presentation you will learn about the 4 main dimensions of Ikigai which are also believed to be the main reason for longevity of the people in Okinawa. In his latest book Frank Brueck transferred this ancient Asian concept to modern business and developed a model that helps leaders to find their way towards their own purpose in life. Find out which of 8 different leader types you belong to and how to develop towards your own Ikigai. Most importantly you can’t achieve it on your own, you will always need to consider how to integrate “What the World Needs” in what you do. Embracing the concept of Ikigai in your work will change what type of leader you already are – or you want to become. Although the term Ikigai is mostly used on an individual level only, you will learn that it can be applied a collective organisational level as well - with 8 different Ikigai Business Types.
Reference: Brueck, Frank (2020): IKIGAI for Leaders and Organisations – the way to individual and collective purpose and meaning. USA: lulu.
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Aviation in the Age of COVID-19
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Kevin Bumen, Chief Commercial Officer for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) gave an overview of SFO’s Recovery to Resilience Framework and lessons learned through COVID time (positives and challenges). Also, he gave an update on the air bridge development concept and challenges for SFO in the next 3-5 years.
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Reinventing an Award-Winning Magazine and Live Events Business Due to Pandemic
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
How did a 13-year-old print publishing and live events business shift its business model to address demand in a COVID economy, when print and live events revenue were already declining by 90%? Listen as David L. Wurth, founder and CEO of C-Suite Media, Inc. led his company through the pandemic. After six months of adapting to changing circumstances, CSQ identified both the importance of being digitally relevant and that human connectivity was in even higher demand than before. As a result, the need for new strategies in business development has allowed for CSQ to further expand on and develop new products.
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How Corporations Adjust During a Global Pandemic
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Nissan, one of the largest automakers in the world, was undergoing a comprehensive restructuring and brand revitalization initiative under new global leadership when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Listen as Cal Lutheran alumnus, Mike Colleran, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales, and Corporate Officer, Nissan North America at Nissan Motor Corporatio shares key learnings on navigating the pandemic while also pointing the Nissan brand toward a successful future. Hear firsthand how Nissan addressed the pandemic head-on by prioritizing safety while implementing cost control, and adjusting to new business realities and consumer behavior. Mike also discussed the effort to bring a global manufacturing organization back online safely while preparing for Nissan’s largest product launch offensive in a decade.
"Back to the Future" with the School of Management
Friday, October 23, 2020
We held a special edition of our Forward Together webinar series for virtual Homecoming 2020. We invited back an older alumnus, Jeff Brouelette ‘91 and a younger alumna, Giselle Lopez ‘19, pairing them in contrast to our second longest serving faculty member (40 years!), Ed Julius and a more recent faculty member, Ran Lu-Andrews. Through a panel discussion, moderated by Henry Dubroff, editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times, the four discussed where SOM has been and where we are headed, looked at how business career paths have evolved and where they are going, how culture/society has shaped the school and what the future looks like. It was inspiring, geniune, insightful and hopeful. A reception followed the panel discussion, moderated by alumnus, Cory Stigile '98.
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Quantitative Strategic Decision Making During a Crisis
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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 includes a short presentation by Hamed Khalkhali, Vice President, Engineering, AeroVironment, with an open, interactive Q&A session, moderated by Mike Panesis, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship.
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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.
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
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.
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.