The Leeds School of Business Alumni Career Webinar Series provides online learning from thought leaders and industry experts who discuss topics for business professionals about finding a job you love, getting and giving feedback, taking the entrepreneurship plunge, understanding the latest faculty research, and more.
Because these webinars are recorded and made available online, you can access them anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like.
New Webinar Series
CU Boulder and Leeds are hosting its ninth series of webinars featuring relevant, informative commentary from a variety of world-renowned faculty and alumni from disciplines across CU Boulder. Each presentation will provide frank and timely insights for life during and after the pandemic from their specific lens.
Previous COVID-19 Webinars
The Dating Renaissance: How COVID-19 Has Changed How We Date
Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12pm MT
The desire for people to connect is a basic human need – and that’s not going away. But, how people connect has changed as a direct result of the pandemic. People are turning to dating apps like never before, forcing innovation and a new mindset. Dating has become more intentional; dates are going beyond drinks at the bar. What you care about matters (the environment, politics). Since Gen Z are the largest population on dating apps, we will take a look at this generation specifically to explore what the dating app experience means to them.
Vicki Shapiro (CU Boulder alumna), Vice President of Global Marketing for Match Media Group. As Vice President of Global Marketing for Match Media Group, Vicki works with leading brands to bring their messaging to life across the portfolio of dating apps (Tinder, OK Cupid, Match, Plenty of Fish and more), connecting brands to some of the world’s most social and engaged consumers. With over 15 years of experience developing marketing programs, Vicki oversees the creative and research teams to support the sales staff worldwide. In addition, Vicki works closely with the product teams to ensure her partners continue to be offered the best in emerging technology.
Before joining Match Media Group, Vicki worked as VP of Digital for the Sports Division at Madison Square Garden.
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Colorado State's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12pm MT
This webinar will cover Colorado’s response to the pandemic, from addressing the PPE shortage at the beginning to the state’s current plan for allocation of the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act funds. Join Pat Meyers, the state of Colorado’s Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Chief Economic Recovery Officer, as appointed by Governor Polis, for this presentation and Q&A session.
Patrick Meyers is a graduate of the University of Colorado (Denver) and the University of California (Hastings) School of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1978-1984.
While at Hastings, Pat served as a clerk and intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Civil and Criminal Division) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division, San Francisco. After graduating from law school, Pat clerked for the Hon. Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court, and thereafter was an attorney with Moye Giles in Denver. He specialized in franchise, appellate, and transactional law. Pat was a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Colorado in criminal appeals from 1992 through 1994. He has written numerous articles and has taught various continuing legal education courses.
In December 2017, Pat was appointed the Chief of Staff to Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper and served in the role until the Governor’s term ended in 2019. Pat was a Senior Advisor to now Sen. Hickenlooper and was a board member of his Senate campaign. Pat was Chief Operating Officer of Gov. Hickenlooper’s U.S. Presidential Campaign.
In March 2020 Pat was appointed the Constrained Medical Supply Team Leader
for the State of Colorado’s Covid Innovation Response Team, where he led the team obtaining PPE and other medical supplies for the State. In 2021, Pat was awarded the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Award for his work on the Covid Response Team.
In March 2021, Pat was appointed by Governor Polis as the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and as the Chief Economic Recovery Officer for the State of Colorado.
Pat has previously served or is serving on the Commissioning Committee for the USS Colorado, Board of Advisors for Quest Hospitality Ventures, as a trustee for the University of California (Hastings) Foundation, the Downtown Denver Partnership Board, the advisory board of The Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, and as an H.B. Meek Executive in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, the University of Colorado (Boulder) Parent Leadership Society Board and as a Trustee for the University of Colorado Foundation. Pat and his twin daughters are also directors of the Meyers Family Foundation.
The Future of the Real Estate and Design Industries: How COVID-19 Has Reshaped Our Concept of Home
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12pm MT
In the past year, we've spent more time in our homes than ever before. Both the real estate and interior design industries are booming. In this webinar, Meridith Baer, founder of Meridith Baer Home, the nation's largest home staging company, will speak to the post-COVID future of real estate, the importance of staging, and design tips and trends to make any home a more beautiful place in which to live and work.
Meridith Baer (CU Boulder alumna), founder of Meridith Baer Home. Meridith Baer Home is the premier home staging company in the nation. Celebrating over 20 years making properties more beautiful and more marketable, Meridith and her team treat every space like a unique vignette, telling its story through alluring, artful design. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hamptons, and Miami, MBH offers staging, interior design, luxury furniture leasing, and Instant Home services. Meridith Baer Home has been widely featured in media, notably ABC, CBS, NBC, HGTV, and Bravo.
Music & the Culture of Epidemics: How We Missed Important Clues for Stemming the Social Fallouts of COVID-19
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 12pm MT
The violent and sometimes near-bloody responses to the implementation of guidelines meant for stemming the spread of the coronavirus disease this past year has been cause for concern in many quarters of public health and public policy. Equally disturbing are the conspiracy theories that emerged soon after the WHO elevated the COVID-19 to a pandemic. Many have thus described our experience with the disease as unprecedented.
Austin Okigbo is an associate professor in the College of Music, and affiliate faculty in Ethnic Studies, and Global Health. He directs the CU World Vocal Ensemble, which has featured with the world famous South African vocal group, The Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the multi-award-winning popular musician and activist Johnny Clegg. As a public scholar, Okigbo has featured in a number of local and international radio and television programs including BBC, Channels TV Lagos, Nigeria, and Black Radio Consortium as contributor and analyst on the entertainment industry, and cultural education and policy.
Hazards and Disasters in the Context of COVID-19: Implications for Marginalized Communities
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12pm MT
As is often true of disasters, COVID-19 has brought to light the many ways in which existing social inequities are amplified in times of crisis. Marginalized communities have borne a disproportionate burden from the pandemic, with higher rates of illness, death, and economic loss. These realities have intersected with environmental hazards in the past year, with devastating—and generally avoidable—consequences. In this webinar, we will examine the social underpinnings of disaster vulnerability while reflecting on extreme events that have occurred during the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus.
Nnenia Campbell is a research associate with CU Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center (NHC) and Deputy Director of the Bill Anderson Fund (BAF). Her research interests center on the intersections between social vulnerability and resilience, particularly among marginalized communities. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she leads an initiative at the NHC to develop rapid expert consultations related to COVID-19 and concurrent disasters for the Societal Experts Action Network, which is coordinated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her work with the BAF supports inclusion and leadership among historically underrepresented minorities pursuing doctoral degrees in fields related to hazards and disaster research and practice.
Economic Recovery Taking Shape
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12pm MT
The second wave of COVID cases had a chilling effect on the economic recovery. However, the New Year gave way to improving COVID counts, an acceleration in vaccines, a stimulus check and now another mega stimulus package. All of this has led to an improving economy with inflationary concerns. Please join us for this session where we will update attendees on the current state of the recovery, and what to expect for the rest of 2021 and beyond.
Brian Lewandowski is the Executive Director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. Brian provides regional business and economic information and education, including economic and revenue forecasts, policy studies, economic impact analyses, and data workshops. Brian has 13 years’ experience conducting economic studies at CU Boulder. Prior to CU, he worked in both the private sector and government. He is past-president of the Denver Association of Business Economists.
Richard L. Wobbekind is Associate Dean for Business & Government Relations, Senior Economist and Faculty Director of the Business Research Division and at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the faculty at the Leeds School of Business in 1985, and has served as an Associate Dean since 2000.
As Faculty Director of the Business Research Division his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.
Rich is the past president of the National Association for Business Economics. He 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 of Business Economists Economic Outlook and Policy Surveys.
Rich is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee and the Boulder Economic Council. He is an advisory board member for the Western Regional Science Association.
For his efforts in community development and outreach, Rich was awarded the University of Colorado Community Outreach Award in 1997. In 2002 he was named a Member of Distinction by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 he received the Robert L. Stearns award for lifetime excellence in research, teaching and service to the University of Colorado. In 2008 he was awarded the Thayne Robsen award from the Association for University Business and Economics Research for career achievement in regional economic analysis. In 2010 he was named Key Contributor by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 he was named a Fellow by the National Association for Business Economics.
Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, and managerial economics. He has received three awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School. Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for more than 44 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado and regional economies. He received a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Death, Discipline and Digital Resistance: How Black Youth Leverage Technology to Survive and Resist Anti-Black Racism
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12pm MT
In this webinar, I will discuss the various ways Black girls leverage digital media and computer science technologies to challenge and dismantle systems of anti-Black racism in their lives and schooling experiences. Hashtag activism, youth-led digital platforms, co-constructed websites and e-textile projects are just the few of the projects that will be covered in this talk.
Dr. Tanksley earned her PhD from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies within UCLA’s Urban Schooling program. Broadly, her research examines the intersectional impacts of race, gender, class and age on the experiences of Black girls in media, technology and education. Grounded in Black feminist technology studies and critical race theory, her robust research agenda sheds light on the ways Black girls intersect with and are intersected by media and technology systems as they attempt to navigate K-16 educational institutions. Designed in response to #BlackLives Matter and the growing presence of racialized violence online, Dr. Tanksley’s dissertation research examines the socio-academic consequences of witnessing viral Black death for the internet’s most vocal and visible users: Black women and girls. Her newest strand of research examines the ways Girls of Color leverage computer science technologies, including virtual reality software, e-textiles and robotics, to engage in political resistance within and beyond the school setting. Overall, Dr. Tanksley’s scholarship responds to calls for more intersectional analyses of digital technology that can recognize the lived experiences, modes of resistance and technological contributions of Black girls and women around the globe.
Why GameStop? Why now? A theory of all-in investors and unstable asset prices
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12pm MT
The rapid rise in the price of GameStop shares in early 2021 was, to many, a surprise. How could disparate small investors muster the capital to force share prices up 20-fold? To answer this question, we develop a theory of retail investor trading behavior that causes asset prices to be unstable when investors are allowed to buy shares with borrowed funds or purchase highly risky options. We define an investor to be all in if she borrows as much as possible and continues to borrow more when prices rise. We show that when enough investors are all in, demand for shares can be upward sloping. That is, investors buy more shares when the price is higher. When demand is upward sloping, prices are unstable and can quickly ratchet to sky-high levels.
Van Wesep is an associate professor of finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University in 2003 and a doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 2007. His research spans several areas of economics, including asset pricing, contract design, employee compensation, and microeconomic theory. He teaches graduate-level economics courses in the Leeds MBA, evening MBA, masters in finance, and masters in real estate programs.
Waters is an assistant professor of finance. He teaches investment and portfolio management at the undergraduate level and teaches a graduate-level course in financial theory. He earned a doctorate in finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and bachelor’s degrees in economics and in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. His research interests include corporate finance and microeconomic theory with a focus on the design of incentive and screening contracts.
Self-Amplifying RNA Vaccine for Prevention of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12pm MT
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 into a global pandemic within a few months of onset necessitated the production of a rapidly scalable vaccine. In this presentation, we'll explore the preclinical development of a self-amplifying RNA encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein encapsulated within a lipid nanoparticle as a vaccine. We observed remarkably high and dose-dependent SARS-CoV-2 specific antibody titers in mouse sera as well as robust neutralization of both a pseudo-virus and wild-type virus, which facilitated initiation of a combined Phase I/II first-in-human clinical trial. These data provide insight into the vaccine design and evaluation of immunogenicity to enable rapid translation to the clinic in the event of an outbreak.
Dr. Anna Blakney is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering. She completed a BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder, a PhD in Bioengineering at University of Washington, and then a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. Robin Shattock and Prof. Molly Stevens. Her laboratory seeks to gain a better understanding the immune mechanisms of RNA formulations in order to design the next generation of vaccines and therapies.
Tax Relief and the Pandemic: Year One
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12pm MT
Taxes have been integral to Congress’s COVID-19 relief packages under the Trump and Biden administrations. This webinar explores three important tax-related components of these relief packages: the multiple rounds of stimulus checks issued to individuals, the tax consequences of loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, and the temporary expansion of tax rules governing net operating losses. After one year of the pandemic, how effective were these relief programs? Answering this question requires an understanding of how these programs fit with traditional metrics of tax fairness, as well as a framework of policy alternatives. Congress may revive these programs in future crises, which raises the stakes of identifying effective policies now.
Sloan Speck is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Speck’s research interests are in tax law and policy, with an emphasis on corporate and international tax, legal and business history, and the ways in which taxation informs relationships between state and society. Before joining Colorado Law, Professor Speck taught at New York University School of Law and practiced in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Professor Speck has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
COVID-19 Hot Topics for Employers in 2021
Friday, February 19th, 2021 at 12pm MT
Please join two leading Colorado employment lawyers for COVID-19 Hot Topics for Employers in 2021. Barbara Grandjean and Jessica Brown will share the latest information and trends relating to workplace vaccination policies and programs, including whether to mandate vaccinations or merely encourage them; relevant EEOC, OSHA, and CDC guidance; how to minimize obstacles to employee vaccination; issues relating to incentives; how to handle employees who cannot be, or claim they cannot be, vaccinated; and how to build employee buy-in and plan for conflict resolution. They also will discuss how and when vaccination may affect workplace mask and social distancing requirements; COVID-19 leave requirements, including the potential expansion of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA); and whether there is a role for waivers or risk disclosures to reduce potential liability.
Jessica Brown, Partner, Gibson Dunn
Jessica Brown is a partner in the Denver office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Ms. Brown advises corporate clients regarding COVID-19 liability risks, workplace vaccination policies, return-to-work protocols, whistleblower complaints, reductions in force, mandatory arbitration programs, noncompete agreements, and trade secrecy programs. She also has defended nationwide and state-wide class action and individual lawsuits alleging, for example, gender discrimination under Title VII and failure to compensate workers properly under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has been ranked by Chambers USA as a leading Labor & Employment lawyer in Colorado for 16 consecutive years and is currently ranked in Band 1. She also is the President of the Colorado Bar Association.
Barbara Grandjean, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Barb represents employers and employees inside and outside the courtroom. She consults proactively with employers regarding workplace issues, such as hiring, discipline and terminations, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, privacy and social media, medical and non-medical leave, reductions in force, executive employment, wage and hour matters, drug testing and cannabis, and employment handbooks, policies and training.
Managing a High Growth, Better-For-You Snack Company During COVID
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 12pm MT
Description: For the two years prior to COVID, Lily’s Sweets, a line of low sugar chocolate bars, candies, and baking chips, was the largest contributor to specialty chocolate bar growth (more than big brands like Lindt and Ghirardelli) and the largest contributor to baking chips growth (more than Nestle Tollhouse). When COVID hit, the company was faced with a number of challenges: consumers were returning to eating lots of sugar, the supply chain was under stress due to absenteeism and illness, customers were not taking in-person meetings, and employees were working from home for the first time in their careers. This webinar will outline the steps the company took to continue its momentum while providing a safe and secure environment for its employees.
Presenter Bio: Jane Miller, CEO of Lily’s, is a long-time food industry executive with experience from Fortune 100 companies (PepsiCo, Heinz) to natural industry icons (Rudi’s Organic Bakery) to start-ups. She is also the founder of a career advice website, janeknows.com, and the author of a sassy business book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success). She is on the board of CU’s Leeds Business School and Watson Institute.
The Epidemiology of COVID-19: One Year Later
Friday, February 12, 2021 | 12pm MT
Description: On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced “COVID-19” as the official name associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak that first emerged in Wuhan, China. Since that announcement, we’ve learned a tremendous amount about the virus, how it spreads and who is most vulnerable. During this webinar, we will look back on this tumultuous and tragic year of lessons learned while also peering into the immediate future of what may come.
Presenter Bio: Dr. Matthew McQueen (ScD) is an Epidemiologist and Professor of Integrative Physiology and Director for the Public Health Certificate Program on the CU Boulder campus. Dr. McQueen is engaged in a highly interdisciplinary research program and is the Director of Epidemiology for the CU Boulder Pandemic Response Office. He teaches Introduction to Epidemiology for the public health certificate program as well as introductory and advanced biostatistics for the Department of Integrative Physiology.
Creating a Dynamic LinkedIn Profile that Encourages Engagement in the Midst of COVID-19
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 12pm MT
Description: Given this crazy time we're experiencing; you may be considering reinventing yourself and/or rethinking what kind of impression your LinkedIn® profiles makes on those who see it. With LinkedIn being a go-to site for networking and career advancement, now is the time for you to explore what it means to create a robust, optimized, and engaging profile. Seasoned marketing professional Debra Jason delivers an information-packed program designed to help you transform your LinkedIn profile from mediocre to marvelous. During this interactive session, you'll explore how to:
- Avoid seven of the most common (and costly) LinkedIn mistakes.
- Create a profile that is 40 times more likely to open doors to opportunities through LinkedIn.
- Receive 14-21 more profile views with one simple step.
- Initiate simple conversations and nurture lasting business relationships.
- Build your personal brand.
Presenter Bio: Debra Jason is a professional marketing speaker, author, direct response copywriter and multi-faceted marketing mentor, Debra Jason started her entrepreneurial journey when she opened her doors for business as a writer in 1989. Since then she has personally written thousands upon thousands of words for hundreds of clients around the country (and some overseas).
She is the author of the award-winning book Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget™: How to attract a steady stream of happy clients, make more money and live your dream. She is also a contributing author with New York Times best-selling author Joel Comm, of So What Do You Do? Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question.
Characterization and Control of Bioaerosols in the Built Environment in the Age of COVID
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 12pm MT
Description: While conventional air pollutants have received much attention over the last generation, aerobiology has been largely ignored by the engineering community until the age of COVID. Certainly, this is not consistent with the Civil Engineers’ charter to protect public health. This presentation will give an overview of the most modern methods for determining the identity, distribution, and abundance of the airborne microbes that we encounter indoors and the persistence of airborne viruses.
Presenter Bio: Dr. Mark Hernandez attained all his degrees from University of California at Berkeley and is beginning his 25th year on the CU faculty. He is a registered professional civil engineer and an expert on the characterization of bioaerosols – both indoors and out. His research leverages forensic science and engineering for wide area surveillance and aerosol disinfection systems for the built environment.
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): Just one in a series of viruses jumping from animals to humans
Monday, February 1, 2021 | 12pm MT
Description: We all eat and breathe animal viruses every day, and 99.99% of these just safely pass through our bodies. Pandemics begin when one of these viruses begins to copy itself in one person’s body. How does this process work? Why is it so rare? What can we do to tip the balance against these events? Come hear Dr. Sawyer, who teaches the course “Emerging Infectious Disease” at the University of Colorado Boulder, discuss these topics.
Presenter Bio: Dr. Sara Sawyer is a Professor in the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder. Dr. Sawyer has received numerous prestigious awards, including national and international prizes in virology. In 2011, she was awarded a PECASE award from President Obama at the White House. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from Cornell University. In 2020, she started Darwin Biosciences, which develops infectious disease diagnostics. She serves as a Senior Editor at the journal eLIFE, and serves as a government consultant on the topic of pandemic defense.
2021 Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forecast
Monday, December 7, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: The Leeds Business Research Division’s annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook, now in its 56th year, provides professionals across nearly every industry in the state with a forecast of Colorado’s economy by sector. Each December, the Center presents its forecast for the following year during its annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum.
This economic forecast was developed in partnership with 125 private and public leaders across Colorado and will be presented by Dr. Rich Wobbekind of Leeds and Kelly Brough of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Presenters Bios: Dr. Rich Wobbekind and Kelly Brough
Associate Professor Richard Wobbekind holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and is, amongst many roles at the University, Associate Dean for Business & Government Relations, Senior Economist, and Faculty Director of the Business Research Division. As Faculty Director of the Business Research Division, his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.
As president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Brough is focused on putting more Coloradans to work – in really great jobs. It’s a clear call to action that’s driven this CEO from higher education to City Hall to the Chamber. Kelly has worked to advance our state and find opportunities for improvement, whether it’s advocating for P-20 education reform, implementing ground breaking programs like 3-1-1 and pay for performance for the City and County of Denver or consulting on dispute resolution for local governments. She’s directed an internationally recognized leadership program, been the chief of staff to then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and was the first female director of human resources for the City and County of Denver – in a common theme, she was also the first female snow plow driver at Stapleton International Airport and the first female CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber. Though born and raised in a small town in Montana, she’s Colorado to the core. In fact, you’re just as likely to catch her testifying at the capitol as you are to find her climbing mountain passes on her road bike.
COVID-19 in the State of Colorado: Models, Warnings, and Protecting Our Neighbors
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: The ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused worldwide societal disruption. In response, governments have implemented mitigation strategies to prevent significant loss of life. In this talk, Dr. Bortz will present the approach taken by the state of Colorado COVID-19 modeling team to study the disease trajectory. He will also describe the analysis tools available which are used to provide daily information to the State. In particular, he will describe the overall framework as well as estimation of transmission reduction, basic reproductive number, herd immunity level, infection peak, and ventilator needs, as well as uncertainty in the model predictions. Dr. Bortz will also discuss how our approach compares with other popular models and frameworks.
Presenter Bio: David Bortz is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Applied Mathematics. His research is in mathematical biology, specifically population dynamics, infectious diseases, and methodologies for model creation and analysis in the biological sciences. He has collaborated with epidemiologists, physicians, biochemists, microbiologists, and bioengineers and his work has been supported by NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, and NVIDIA. Prior to his 2006 appointment at CU Boulder, Dr. Bortz was a postdoctoral assistant professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before that, Dr. Bortz earned a PhD from North Carolina State University in Applied Mathematics (2002) and a BA from Rice University in Computational and Applied Mathematics (1997).
Making Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges and obstacles for the performing arts. For many artists, creativity is uniquely tied to their sense of identity and purpose. The nature of music making requires performers to gather in groups of various sizes and work together. Through research and innovation our students and faculty have worked collaboratively to create a space for music making. This webinar will discuss how CU Boulder is a leader in solutions to effectively engage our student musicians, continue their progress in the performing arts, and make music during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenter Bio: Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and oversees the university’s comprehensive band program. The CU Wind Symphony has collaborated with numerous artists & composers and most recently performed for the CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference on the CU Boulder campus. Prior to his 2013 appointment at CU Boulder Dr. McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. While teaching at LSU the Wind Ensemble was invited to perform for the 2013 CBDNA National Conference in Greensboro, NC.
As a teacher of conducting he has presented conducting masterclasses at the University of Central Florida, Eastern Washington University, University of Central Missouri, West Chester University, and UCLA. His recording credits include projects with the Dallas Winds, University of Michigan Symphony Band, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, and the Duquesne University Wind Symphony.
In February 2017 Dr. McKinney was featured on the cover of The Instrumentalist, a prominent journal for instrumental music educators. He has published articles in numerous conducting resources including five volumes of Teaching Music through Performance in Band and most recently The Conductors Companion published by Meredith Music. He has also authored a chapter about Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon for the book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music published by Scarecrow Press. After participating in the Second Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass, he was named a finalist for the Thelma A. Robinson Award by the Conductors Guild. He has been nominated for a LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Dr. McKinney holds degrees from Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan. His primary conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Robert Cameron, and additional study with H. Robert Reynolds and Frank Battisti.
Fake News: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Friday, October 30, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: Recently, substantial attention has been paid to the spread of highly partisan and often factually incorrect information (i.e., so-called “fake news”) on social media. In this webinar, we will discuss the various approaches to defining fake news, explore contemporary research on the topic, and talk about ways that social media users can help mitigate the spread of fake news.
Presenter Bio: Toby Hopp is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are broadly related to the uses and effects of digital and interactive media, the social and motivational factors that underlie uncivil online communication, and organizational transparency.
Mobilizing a Statewide Manufacturing Response to COVID-19
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: How can local and regional manufacturing ecosystems be leveraged during a crisis? As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MA M-ERT) was established to mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed FDA compliant medical devices and supplies at scale. Join Ben Linville-Engler (Mechanical Engineering’07), now at MIT, to learn more about mobilizing a statewide manufacturing response to COVID-19.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 12pm MT
Description: Politicians often tell us that elections have life-and-death consequences, but that may be more true than usual in 2020. Voters could face serious—even fatal—health risks due to COVID-19 just by showing up at a polling place. Restrictive voting rules have always disadvantaged vulnerable communities and restrictive rules in 2020 are on a collision course with COVID-19. Millions of people, many in some of the most vulnerable communities in the country, will be forced to either risk their health to vote in person or relinquish their right to vote. In this talk, we will discuss how COVID-19 is disrupting the administration of the 2020 election and also how it has exposed the fault lines of a long-standing debate about voting rights in the United States.
Presenter Bio: Doug Spencer is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. During the 2020-2021 academic year he is visiting Colorado Law as Distinguished Faculty Fellow at The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law.
Spencer is an election law scholar whose research addresses the role of prejudice and racial attitudes in Voting Rights Act litigation, the empirical implications of various campaign finance regulations, and the many ways that election rules and political campaigns contribute to growing inequality in America.
Spencer has been a professor at the University of Connecticut since 2013. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the Yale Law School (2020) and at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy (2018-2019). He has also worked as an expert witness in voting rights and campaign finance cases. Prior to law teaching, Spencer was a law clerk at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an election monitor in Thailand for the Asian Network for Free Elections, and a researcher for the Pew Center on the States' Military and Overseas Voting Reform Project.
Professor Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also earned a J.D. at Berkeley Law and a M.P.P. at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in Philosophy.
The Complexities of Trauma and Education in the Time of COVID-19
Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 12pm MT
Description: Addressing trauma in schooling is always complex and certainly more so in the context of COVID-19. In this webinar, we will examine the social, cultural, and emotional complexities of trauma in classrooms, the highly varying impacts of the pandemic on students’ and teachers’ lives, and how educators are approaching trauma within the convergence of COVID-19 and recent movements for racial justice.
Presenter Bio: Elizabeth Dutro, PhD, is professor and chair of literacy studies in the School of Education. She has published extensively on issues of equity in relation to policy and practice in K-12 classrooms and conducts her research in close collaboration with teachers and students. Her research examining how children draw on their life experiences, including trauma, as resources for their learning has been featured in several media outlets, including The Washington Post, Facing History and Ourselves, Colorado Public Radio, and the National Education Policy Center. Dr. Dutro is the author of the recent book The Vulnerable Heart of Literacy: Centering Trauma as Powerful Pedagogy (Teachers College Press). She welcomes connection and can be contacted at: Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org and @lifeasstory on Twitter.
The Knowledge Illusion: Our Current Political Climate During COVID-19
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 12pm MT
Description: Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Dr. Fernbach explores the communal nature of intelligence and why we often assume we know more than we really do. The webinar will focus on connections to our current political climate.
Presenter Bio: Phil Fernbach is a professor of marketing in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think, and he applies insights from his research to improve public discourse and help consumers and managers make better decisions. He is co-director of the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making, an affiliate of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, and an external advisory board member for McKinsey & Company. He teaches data analytics and behavioral science to undergraduate and Masters students.
Fernbach is the co-author with Steve Sloman of the 2017 book, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, which was chosen as an Editor’s Pick by the New York Times. The book explores why we think we know so much more than we do, and the profound implications for individuals and society. He has written popular press articles for outlets such as the New York Times, Quartz, MarketWatch, and Harvard Business Review, and he regularly gives public talks about his research.
Fernbach received his Ph.D. in cognitive science from the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University in 2010. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. he worked with consumer goods companies as a strategy consultant for two boutique firms in Boston. Before that, he did his undergraduate studies at Williams College in the mountains of Western Massachusetts where he studied philosophy.
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing: A Way Out?
Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at 12pm MT
Description: Even though many SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infections produce no symptoms or mild symptoms, they are still capable of passing the virus to their contacts. Surveillance testing is an umbrella term describing the ways in which we might use widespread testing—of people with and without symptoms—to catch silent cases and suppress the ongoing epidemic. In this webinar, Dr. Larremore will discuss research on the effectiveness of broad, frequent, rapid testing in settings like workplaces, campuses, and even cities.
Presenter Bio: Daniel Larremore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also an affiliate of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is a member of the external faculty of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research develops mathematical methods using novel combinations of networks, dynamical systems, and statistical inference to solve problems in two main areas: infectious disease epidemiology and computational social science. This work focuses on generative models for networks, the ongoing evolution and genomic epidemiology of the malaria parasite, and the origins of social inequalities in academic hiring and careers. Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, he was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute 2015-2017 and a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2012-2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, and holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
How Can Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 Indoors be Minimized? What We Know Now
Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 12pm MT
Description: In this webinar, we will summarize some of the recent scientific information that has been accumulating to support that COVID-19 transmission occurs via the airborne exposure route; crowded, poorly ventilated environments are particularly at risk. We will also discuss what can be done in buildings during pandemics to minimize airborne transmission risk.
Presenter Bio: Jose Jimenez specializes in atmospheric chemistry, field measurements, aerosol mass spectrometry, and advanced instrument development. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and amongst many accolades, he is the 5th most cited scientist worldwide in the geosciences.
Personal Financial Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, July 22 at 12 p.m. MT
Description: Your ability to effectively manage cashflows, limit risk exposures and adapt to the ever-changing economic environment directly impacts your future financial well-being. In this webinar, we’ll examine personal financial planning strategies and proactive mindsets that will help you navigate the unique economic stressors and uncertainly caused by COVID-19. Additionally, we’ll look at how to leverage CARES Act relief.
Presenter Bio: Harry Starn, Jr. is a Senior Instructor at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder and serves as the Director of the Personal Financial Planner Program. He holds industry certifications as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He served on the CFP Board’s Council on Education from 2012-2015 and co-authored the 11th Edition of “Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals.”
The Business of Journalism: Keeping Communities and Employees Informed and Safe During Times of Crisis
Wednesday, July 15 at 12 p.m. MT
Description: Local journalists are a community’s eyes and ears, reporting the facts and shining a light on important issues. In this webinar, Dave Lougee, president and CEO of TEGNA Inc., will provide key lessons learned from covering the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide protests that have erupted after the killing of George Floyd. From managing COVID-19 restrictions across 51 local markets to ensuring employee safety during civil unrest, we’ll hear how companies can succeed by staying true to their core mission, embracing innovation and fostering an inclusive company culture.
Presenter Bio: Dave Lougee is president and CEO of TEGNA Inc., one of the most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Prior to becoming CEO, Lougee spent 10 years as president of TEGNA Media. During that time, the company acquired Belo Corp. and London Broadcasting, nearly doubling its broadcast portfolio.
Prior to joining TEGNA, Lougee served as executive vice president, media operations for Belo. He also served as senior vice president and president and general manager of TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma. Earlier in his career, Lougee was vice president, news at WRC, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington, DC and vice president, news director at TEGNA’s KUSA in Denver.
Lougee is the immediate past chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board and is a past chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
Lougee graduated with a degree in English from the University of Colorado Boulder and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the advisory board for CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information, as well as on the University of Colorado Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Dani, reside in Northern Virginia. Their son Nash is a rising sophomore at CU Boulder.
Why We Must Inclusify Now
Monday, July 13 at 12 pm MT
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Johnson will discuss why inclusion is so important amidst COVID-19 and some of the unique challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 has created for inclusion and belonging. She will explain the two most essential human needs: to be unique and to belong. Finally, Dr. Johnson will discuss strategies to build more inclusive meetings, clean up office housework, and create culture swaps. The focus will be on creating actionable steps to increase inclusion ranging from increasing transparency, improving selection, and creating more equitable promotion practices.
Presenter Bio: Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an associate professor at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. She holds the Andrea and Michael Leeds Research Fellowship, is member of the MG 100 Coaches, and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List. Dr. Johnson’s first book, Inclusify: Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams (Harper Collins) is National Bestseller, hitting #5 on the Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller list. She has presented her work at over 170 meetings around the world including at the White House for a 2016 summit on diversity in corporate America. Media outlets featuring Stefanie’s work include: The Economist, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Washington Post, Quartz, Discover, CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC. She has appeared on Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN, and CNN International.
COVID-19 Economic Discussion: What We Have Learned Over the Past 4 Months
Presented on July 9 | 12pm MT
Description: This webinar will present observations on the current impact and future expectations for the national and Colorado economies.
Presenters Bios: Associate Professor Richard Wobbekind holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and is, amongst many roles at the University, Associate Dean for Business & Government Relations, Senior Economist, and Faculty Director of the Business Research Division. As Faculty Director of the Business Research Division, his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.
Brian Lewandowski is the executive director of the Business Research Division at Leeds. Brian specializes in economic and revenue forecasts, policy studies, and economic impact analyses.