The Leeds School of Business Alumni Career Webinar Series provides online learning opportunities that will offer you the chance to hear from experts who will discuss things like finding a job you love, getting and giving feedback, taking the entrepreneurship plunge, faculty research and more.

COVID-19 Webinar Series - Economic Discussion: What we Know Thus Far

Presented on Tuesday, March 31st at 12pm MT, please RSVP here.

Richard WobbekindPresented by: Richard L. Wobbekind, Executive Director of the Business Research Division, Associate Professor of Business Economics and Finance, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

This webinar will present observations on the current impact and future expectations for the national and Colorado economies.

Richard Wobbekind participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip forecast newsletter and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) economic outlook and policy surveys. He is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee and the Boulder Economic Council. Rich is past President of the NABE and was a member of the inaugural class of Certified Business Economists in October 2015.

For his efforts in community development and outreach, Rich Wobbekind was awarded the 1997 University of Colorado Community Outreach Award. In 2002 he was named a Member of Distinction by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 he received the Robert L. Stearns Award from the University of Colorado Alumni Association for career achievement in teaching, research and service. In 2008 he received the Thayne Robsen award from the Association for University Business and Economics Research for career achievement in applied regional economic analysis. In 2010 he was named the key contributor of the year by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 he was named a fellow by the National Association for Business Economics.

Dr. Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, and entrepreneurship. He has received four awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School of Business.

Richard Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for 40 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado.

COVID-19 Webinar Series - Leadership in a Crisis

Presented on Thursday, April 2nd at 12pm MT, please RSVP here.

Leeds alumnus Scott Kingdom, Vice Chairman of Korn FerryPresented by: Leeds alumnus Scott Kingdom, Vice Chairman of Korn Ferry

To quote Korn Ferry's CEO,“No one thinks much about this leadership quality until ‘you know what’ hits the fan.” Largely ignored, underappreciated and overlooked, the skills of leading in a crisis clearly shine a light on good, better and best practices. Leeds alumnus Scott Kingdom, Vice Chairman of Korn Ferry, will share dos, don’ts, new approaches and best practices for the extraordinary leadership needed in times of crisis.

Scott E. Kingdom is a core member of Korn Ferry’s board and CEO Services team. His focus is on the coordination and delivery of the firm’s array of Talent Advisory Services to client organizations. He has been acknowledged by BusinessWeek as one of the “100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World”

For three decades, Mr. Kingdom has served clients in the leadership and talent development arena across a wide range of businesses and solutions such as Executive Search, Board /C-Suite Succession , Leadership Development, Talent Assessment and Talent Transformation. Functionally, he has a particular depth in CEO, COO, and General Management consulting for industrial companies and has completed over 200 CEO, COO, and division president engagements.

Mr. Kingdom currently serves as a board member for Youth Guidance in Chicago as well as the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business. He is a Board member and Trustee of the University of Colorado System Foundation. Mr. Kingdom holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado.


COVID-19 Webinar Series - Unlocking your Virtual Team’s Potential: Research-Backed Strategies for Improving the Synergy of Remote Work Teams

Presented on Monday, April 6th at 12pm MT, please RSVP here.

Dr. Christina N. Lacerenza Presented by: Dr. Christina Lacerenza, Leeds' Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

Are you finally in a remote working groove but feel like your work team’s collaborative performance continuously falls flat? Is your team lacking the “a-ha” moments, creativity and innovation given a newly remote structure? Virtual teamwork has unique challenges but can be just as synergistic (if not more!) as in-person collaboration. The trick is to understand these challenges and leverage the science of virtual collaboration to overcome them. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the ways virtual teaming differs from face-to-face teaming and how to improve collaboration across remote networks. After this 30-minute session, you’ll be better equipped to thrive in your virtual teams as a team member, leader or facilitator.

"Ideas and decisions improve when we challenge each other." – Dr. CL

Dr. Christina N. Lacerenza is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work focuses on identifying effective leadership and teamwork practices for the 21st century and beyond, with an emphasis on evidence-based leadership development and diversity within teams and organizations. Her work appears in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, has been presented at various professional meetings (including the National Academy of Sciences workshop on Science Team Dynamics and Effectiveness), and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Lacerenza has consulted on projects related to leadership and teamwork across multiple industries, worked at Amazon on the Talent Assessment Team, and worked for the Orlando Magic NBA Team in the Premium Services department.

COVID-19 Webinar Series - Shtick to Innovation. What Today’s Popular Comedians Can Teach You About Using Humor to Get Through a Crisis and Build a Serious Career

Presented on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:00 p.m. RSVP here.

Pete McGrawPresented by Pete McGraw, Professor of Marketing and Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder

As coronavirus creates fear and uncertainty, there is a surprising place people can turn for help: comedy. Indeed, comedians are the masters of turning tragedy into comedy. But more importantly, the world’s funniest people can provide important lessons in creativity and innovation—something people need now—even more than laughs.

After more than a decade studying humor, sharing stages with comics, and hanging out with comics in dingy green rooms, behavioral economist Peter McGraw, pulls back the curtain to give you a glimpse into the mysterious world of stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy.

Learn from the people who don’t just deal with an uncertain world, they thrive in it. Drawing on cutting-edge research and his own comedy successes (and failures), McGraw presents inspiring lessons gleaned from the practices and perspectives of the masters of comedy—and most creative rule breakers:

• How a simple “101” comedy trick used by Chris Rock, Ali Wong, and nearly every other comedian can overcome biases and reveal new business opportunities.
• Why Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s approach to comedy is the model for the radical collaboration needed to implement creative solutions—and deal with a quarantine.
• What tactic Jim Gaffigan and the writers of The Onion use to enhance inventive thinking.
• How to develop Jerry Seinfeld’s comic-as-outside perspective in order to identify new growth opportunities and fearlessly smash the status quo.

McGraw’s entertaining insights will help you uniquely solve problems, re-invent yourself, and find a way to be productive during these tumultuous times. And you will never have to tell a joke

Dr. Peter McGraw is a professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a behavioral economist and global expert in the scientific study of humor, he directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL), hosts the podcast I’M NOT JOKING, and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. His work has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, NPR, BBC, and CNN.

His forthcoming book, Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career, launches on April Fool’s Day 2020. Look for it on Amazon.

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