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Darla Moore School of Business

Executive Education launching COVID-19 speaker series

April 20, 2020

The Moore School’s Executive Education department is leading a South Carolina Public Radio and Zoom video series, “Managerial Insights: Supporting Businesses During an Uncertain Time,” to provide advice for the business community about weathering the challenging business environment created by COVID-19.

Associate Dean for Executive Development Raymond Smith saw an immediate need among businesses on how best to navigate all of the changes in the first few weeks of the COVID-19 interruption.

“Obviously with the university closing the campus, we felt the disruption firsthand; we had to move our programs online, we could see the streets were deserted,” Smith said. “It’s obvious from the unemployment numbers that businesses are hurting. We thought maybe we could do something to help our business community around us.”

The South Carolina Public Radio and Zoom video series began with Smith’s introduction to the series this week. Moore School Dean Peter Brews’ radio broadcast will air April 22 providing his perspective on the business challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic. On the same topic, Brews will do a live Zoom video segment Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

Other speakers and their topics scheduled for the series include:

  • Mark Cecchini, Financial management during uncertain times and how government stimulus might help
  • Donald J. Schepker, Building an emergency succession plan; what happens when leadership transitions turn up unexpectedly?
  • Sherry Thatcher, The role of virtual teamwork during times of crisis
  • Robert Ployhart, Staffing in the current situation; how to monitor remote employee performance to maintain productivity
  • Lynn McFarland, TBA
  • Mark Ferguson, Building more resilient supply chains; why minimizing cost should not be the only objective
  • Doug Quackenbos, Selling in a post-COVID-19 world: local and global implications
  • Joey Von Nessen, TBA

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