The Business of Learning Speaker Series showcases leading experts discussing new approaches to the challenges you face. Each interactive event includes a networking reception, an insightful presentation from a prominent business leader and Carlson School faculty member, and a question-and-answer session. We invite you to come for the learning, and stay for the networking.

Doing Good and Doing Well: Corporate Social Engagement as Competitive Advantage

Rand Park

Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:30-6:15 p.m. Check-in/Networking
6:15-7:30 p.m. Presentation

3M Auditorium

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Rand Park
Senior Lecturer, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Most organizations claim a commitment to community, sustainability, diversity, and "responsibility." For decades, corporations and their foundations took a philanthropic approach to community engagement. They "gave back" out of a sense of duty to those stakeholders who supported and sustained corporate financial success. Today, a more integrated model of "shared value" is tilting from altruism toward a more pragmatic, results-driven approach to social engagement. Is it possible to maximize shareholder value and to meet external stakeholder needs at the same time? Can a corporation "do good" in the community while it also "does well" for shareholders?

Join Senior Lecturer Rand Park, an expert in ethics and corporate responsibility, to explore the emerging world of corporate social engagement and how it can be leveraged for competitive advantage.

 

Pushing Pause: A Conversation on Managing Exit and Reentry Points in your Career

Colleen Manchester

Saturday, November 19, 2016
9:00-9:30 a.m. Check-in/Networking
9:30-10:30 a.m. Presentation and Panel Discussion
10:30-11:30 a.m. Résumé review (optional)

Carlson School Private Dining Room

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Colleen Manchester
Assistant Professor, Department of Work & Organizations

What happens when workers who have pushed pause on their career want to re-engage? Research shows substantial pay penalties associated with career interruptions. Strategies for avoiding such penalties are in high demand. What can employers do to facilitate career success after a pause? What actions can workers take? What are the barriers facing individuals navigating re-entry?

Work and organizations expert Colleen Manchester will present academic research on career breaks, then lead a panel discussion with re-entrants, employers, and the audience. The goal of this session is to share and gather information from the community on needs around career breaks to develop strategies, tools, and support for those who have taken or are thinking about taking a pause.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with career counselors and peers to get feedback on their resume.

 

Crowdfunding: Data-Driven Insights

Gordon Burtch

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5:30-6:15 p.m. Check-in/Networking
6:15-7:30 p.m. Presentation

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Gordon Burtch
Assistant Professor, Information & Decision Sciences

Discover how businesses can best leverage crowdfunding to raise money, test products and ideas, and seek customer feedback. Join crowdfunding expert Gordon Burtch to learn more about:

  • The crowdfunding industry
  • The different flavors of crowdfunding
  • The size of the market
  • Reward-based crowdfunding
  • Examples of how larger organizations can use these reward-based markets to accomplish business goals
  • Data analytics
  • And more

Burtch will also share an overview of his research findings, and explain why a solid understanding of data analysis is needed to achieve results.