The Smith School’s world-class faculty discuss their latest research on topics of broad interest and importance at the ThoughtLeadership@Smith Speaker Series.
Each presentation is followed by an opportunity to network with alumni and regional business leaders at one of Smith’s convenient local campuses in Washington, D.C., or Baltimore, Md.
Breakfast begins at 8 a.m.; presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and are followed by a Q&A period concluding at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 for the general public. For more information or to register, visit www.rhsmith.umd.edu/thoughtleadership.
September 18, Washington, D.C.
Lemma Senbet, William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance
Executive Compensation and Public Policy
Do high-powered incentives in executive compensation really motivate performance, or do they just provide CEOs with an incentive to manipulate performance? In view of current debate in academic and policy circles, Senbet discusses the reform of executive compensation and its role in the governance of financial institutions.
October 16, Washington, D.C.
Michel Wedel, Pepsico Professor of Consumer Science
Evaluating Visual Marketing
What draws your attention when you’re shopping? When you’re online? When you’re looking at a print ad? Does that attention-grabber build or destroy brand value? Wedel will discuss latest research techniques for studying the impact of visuals in advertising, website design and shelf lay-out, and will discuss the impact of findings on brands.
October 9, Baltimore, Md.; and November 20, Washington, D.C.
Ritu Agarwal, Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems
Transforming Healthcare through IT
Will digitization help alleviate the healthcare system's quality and efficiency shortcomings? How do we evolve toward a more consumer-centric healthcare system? Agarwal discusses the challenges and opportunities offered by health information technologies.
November 6, Baltimore, Md.
Albert “Pete” Kyle, Smith Chair Professor of Finance
Can the Financial System Support Growth?
The financial crisis eroded the market capitalization of companies like Citigroup and Bank of America, but sustained economic growth requires a healthy banking system. Kyle considers whether the current regulatory infrastructure and capitalization of the finance industry are able to support economic growth.
December 11, Baltimore, Md.
Hugh Courtney, Professor of the Practice of Strategy, Associate Dean of Executive Education
Creating Success From Uncertainty
Learn how to successfully navigate through uncertain times to ensure your organization survives the current downturn and is positioned to thrive in the next upturn. Courtney examines lessons learned from previous downturns and shares insights from the latest thinking on strategic planning and decision-making.
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