Be first with big ideas.
The Smith School’s world-class faculty discuss their latest research on
topics of broad interest and importance at the ThoughtLeadership@Smith Speaker
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
Ronald Reagan Federal Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Federal Triangle Metro stop
University of Maryland-Baltimore
801 W. Baltimore St.
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
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
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
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
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