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Beyond Business

Welcome to Beyond Business, a podcast series hosted by professor Gary Cohen at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Each episode features a conversation with an accomplished corporate executive. “We talk about how they climbed the corporate ladder, their current role and the contributions they are making to their organization,” Cohen says.

Kimon KipponKimo Kippon earned generous tips as a waiter in Hawaii, so he actually took a step down in pay when he moved into management. "It was a desire to be part of something bigger and to really help people," Kippon says in episode 3 of Beyond Business, a podcast series hosted by Smith School professor Gary Cohen. The move paid off for Kippon, a Hawaii native who now leads global talent development and workflow initiatives as a senior leader at Hilton Worldwide. He shares five keys that have guided his career. Read more...

Children don't care about supply chain challenges when they want a new toy, which is fine with Peter Gibbons. As executive vice president and chief global supply chain officer at Mattel, he works to stay hidden — so all retail customers see is the right product at the right price on store shelves. "It's not an easy profession, but it's exciting because you're the machine behind the scenes," he says in episode 3 of Beyond Business, a podcast series hosted by Smith School professor Gary Cohen. Gibbons shares five keys that have guided his career. Read more...

Under Armour Erick HaskellU.S. expatriate Erick Haskell spoke no Mandarin when he moved to China in 2005, and none of his employees spoke English. He knew little about the country and had no experience in sports apparel or footwear. Yet within 10 years he was running Greater China operations for Under Armour, the fastest-growing brand in the region. Haskell describes his journey in episode 2 of "Beyond Business," a podcast series hosted by professor Gary Cohen at the Smith School. Read more...

Everybody has an opinion. How do you get yours noticed in an organization full of smart, ambitious people? Julius Robinson, who climbed the corporate ladder from part-time wage earner to vice president at Marriott International, shares tips in “Beyond Business,” a podcast series hosted by professor Gary Cohen at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Listen now...