Lightning Talks

A series of virtual discussions on business resilience and how businesses can prepare for future global shocks. The series is organized and co-sponsored by nine universities across the country: the Center for Global Business at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, the University of Florida, George Washington University, the University of Washington, the University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, San Diego State University, Indiana University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Concluded Events

A Global Perspective on Emerging Technologies II: A Series of Business Lightning Talks

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Panelists: Vijay Mahajan, Lauren Rhue, and Rodimiro Rodrigo

November 2, 2023

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Join us for the second panel in the A Global Perspective on Emerging Technologies: A Series of Business Lightning Talks where we’ll discuss robots, AI, and technology and consumer markets all from a global perspective.

Noon EDT

Digital Leapfrogs: How Technology is Reshaping Consumer Markets in India
Vijay Mahajan, University of Texas at Austin

12:20 p.m. EDT

Promise and Peril of AI for Marginalized Populations
Lauren Rhue, University of Maryland

12:40 p.m. EDT

The Robot Revolution: Unpacking the Effect of Robots on Emerging Markets
Rodimiro Rodrigo, The George Washington University

Presented by The George Washington University CIBER; University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, Center for Global Business; and the University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute

Series co-sponsors: Georgia Institute of Technology CIBER; Indiana University Kelley School of Business; San Diego State University, Fowler College of Business; Texas A&M Mays Business School, Center for International Business Studies; the University of Florida, Center for European Studies; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Global Business Center

Ethical Sourcing:
Sustainability at its Origin
A Series of Business Lightning Talks

February 28, 2023

Individuals taking small steps towards combating climate change in our everyday lives can make a big impact over time. One of those steps is awareness of companies’ sourcing. How are the companies we frequent sourcing their supply chains? How are they protecting local resources? How are they empowering their consumers to combat climate change with their wallets? Join our speakers as they cover these topics and more in this series of lightning talks from a global perspective.


Forward Momentum During Global Shocks 2

Forward Momentum During Global Shocks 2: A Series of Business Lightning Talks

November 1, 2022

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The second of three panels in the Forward Momentum During Global Shocks: A Series of Business Lightning Talks will focus on how technology is contributing to success in the global transportation and logistics industries, especially in light of all the recent challenges.

Noon EDT

Smart Ports: Using Technology to Improve Efficiency and Resilience

Carlos D. Paternina, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

12:20 p.m. EDT

Integrating Elastic Capacity into Supply Chain

Dorothy Li, CTO, Convoy

12:40 p.m. EDT

Pandemic and Supply Chain Chaos: Technology Helps but We Need More  

Lee Connor, President, John S. Connor Global Logistics


Forward Momentum During Global Shocks I

October 4, 2022

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The first of three panels will discuss businesses and climate change. How are businesses adapting and thriving with the uncertainties of climate change? How are government climate policies affecting businesses? In this engaging set of lightning talks, our expert panelists will share global perspectives on these questions.


Creating Thriving European Businesses in the Midst of a Climate Crisis

Eleonora Cogo, Climate Change Expert

12:20 p.m.

Corporate Boards, Climate, and the SEC Disclosure Rules

Kelly Eskew, Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics

12:40 p.m.

Business Adaption to Climate Change

Jorge Rivera, Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy

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