Guest Speakers

Open to the Public: A Series of Presentations by Business Experts on Tomorrow's Ideas for Success. 

IMPORTANT: We only have room for 10 additional guests. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your space by contacting us at 626-350-1500.

Guest Speakers This Term:

A list of upcoming Guest Speakers can be found on the News Page under upcoming events. 


Past Guest Speakers:

Distinguished Professor Researcher Speakers:

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    Dr. Yue-Ming Huang

    Guest Speaker

    University of California at Los Angeles, CA - EdD in Educational Leadership Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD - Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology University of California at Los Angeles, CA - Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science Dr. Huang is an Associate Professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also the Director of Operations at the UCLA Simulation Center, where she develops curriculum and faculty to use simulation techniques and technology to train health care providers. She has led many workshops in simulation education, focusing on teamwork, communication, and non-technical skills development. She is a co-investigator on a number of educational grants. She served as the first Chair of the Education Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the largest interprofessional society dedicated to advancing simulation-based education and research. Her publications include "Simulation Center Operations andAdministration" and "Simulation for Quality Assurance in Training, Credentialing and Maintenance of Certification." In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, hiking in the mountains, taking martial arts and flamenco dance lessons, and traveling abroad.

    Dr. Yue-Ming Huang

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    Dr. Warren Bailey

    Professor of Finance at Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

    Professor Bailey's interests include international finance, international securities markets, and investments. He has a special interest in emerging capital markets, particularly in Asia. He has been featured and quoted extensively in the financial and mainstream press, including The New York Times, The Economist, and The Far Eastern Economic Review, and television interviews on CNN-FN and CNBC. He is an associate editor of The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and The Pacific Basin Finance Journal. He received the Class of 1992 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999.

    Dr. Warren Bailey

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    Dr. Yarrow Dunham

    Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale

    Yarrow Dunham is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale and affiliated faculty in the Cognitive Science program, as well as the director of the Social Cognitive Development Lab. He received his B.A. in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara and his doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University. Yarrow’s research focuses on intergroup social cognition, with a special focus on questions like: 1) What explains the human proclivity towards group affiliation and its consequences, including stereotyping, prejudice, and group-based conflict? 2) What psychological “levers” might be able to defuse these tendencies? 3) How does group membership affect so many other areas of cognition, such as face perception, moral judgment, cooperation, and memory? 4) How do these processes play out across diverse cultures in which the individual and the group are conceptualized in very different ways? This work has appeared in leading journals in developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, and Yarrow has spoken widely at universities and professional societies. His work has received attention in popular media outlets such as the Washington Post, Time, and Scientific American Mind. The study of groups and culture can contribute to discussions of how to create communities that provide for their members without creating enmity towards non-members. This seems particularly important for humanism, which is too often defined by its divergences from religion rather than by its own positive claims about the world. Yarrow looks forward to having these conversations here at Yale.

    Dr. Yarrow Dunham

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    Dr. Amiee Drolt Rossi

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Aimee Drolet Rossi is a psychologist who studies consumer decision-making, specifically how consumers decide among consumer package good products. Much of her recent research focuses on consumers’ habits. For example, she studies the conditions under which different segments of consumers (e.g. Baby Boomers vs. Millennials) are more versus less likely to pick a product or brand based on their past behavior (habit) versus something else (e.g., preference). She received her B.A. in classical history at The University of Chicago (1991), an M.A. in public policy at The University of Chicago (1993), an A.M. in cognitive psychology at Stanford University (1997), and a Ph.D. in Business at Stanford University (1997). She has been a faculty member at UCLA from 1997 to the present. She is the co-author and co-editor of The Aging Consumer: Perspectives from Psychology and Economics (Routledge), which was named one of 2011’s Top 10 Outstanding Academic Titles in Business, Management, and Labor, 2011. She won the UCLA Anderson School’s Citibank Best Teacher Award in 2008 and the Eric and "E" Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award in 2004.

    Dr. Amiee Drolt Rossi

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    Dr. Robert Shumsky

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Robert Shumsky is a Professor of Operations Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. His research focuses on the improvement of service operations, with particular emphasis on the coordination of service supply chains in which service provision is split among multiple firms. He has conducted research on the U.S. air traffic management system and studied transportation operations for state agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also served as a consultant for both manufacturing and service operations, including call centers and health care providers. Professor Shumsky has published recent articles in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, and Management Science, among others. He currently serves in various editorial positions for several academic journals.

    Dr. Robert Shumsky

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    Dr. Roman Weil

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Roman L. Weil is an emeritus faculty member at the Chicago Booth School of Business, who teaches in academic year 2014-15 the University of California, San Diego, Georgetown University, and Princeton University. Additionally, Weil studies financial literacy and corporate governance, an issue that arose from the accounting scandals. His preliminary work suggested, correctly it turned out, that the financial literacy that corporate board audit committee members have is surprisingly weak and that the gains in shareholder wealth accompanying improvement in such financial literacy are both significant and large. His approach to teaching emphasizes fundamental understanding of the few building blocks in accounting (asset, liability, revenue, and expense) that will enable students to keep learning and understanding as the world of business transactions changes over time. "In 20 years, they'll have to understand new transactions, and the accounting for them, which haven't been conceived yet." Weil's practical experience adds to the classroom. Weil explains that theory makes the correct predictions, but students like to hear the actual outcomes, anecdotally. Weil points out that "the late, great Nobel laureate and Chicago Booth faculty member George Stigler taught us “the plural of anecdote is data." Weil has been a CPA in Illinois since 1973 and a CMA from 1974 until his retirement from Chicago Booth in 2008. In 2010 he received certification as a Certified Forensic Accountant. The coauthor of more than 12 textbooks, Weil is the senior editor of, and contributor to, the Litigation Services Handbook, now in its fifth edition. He has published more than 100 articles in academic and professional journals and has served as the principal investigator on various research projects of the National Science Foundation. He has served as editor or associate editor of the Accounting Review, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Management Science, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Financial Analysts Journal. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Yale University in the dark ages, 1962, master's degree in industrial administration in 1965, and a PhD in economics in 1966 from GSIA/Tepper of Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1965. Outside of academia, Weil is a grandfather whose interests include sabermetrics [particularly as applied in the NFL], oenometrics, and oenonomy.

    Dr. Roman Weil

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    Dr. Hedi Brooks

    Professor Guest Speaker

    HEIDI BROOKS SPECIALIZES IN LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT for individuals, organizations, and larger systems. Her experience includes executive coaching and leadership development in Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, family firms, and non-profit organizations. Since 2003, she has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Management, where she is the faculty director the Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program. Her courses include: Interpersonal Dynamics, Managing Teams and Groups, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence and Coaching Skills for Managers. In recent years, she spearheaded the original leadership development curriculum design and directed both the Leadership Development Program and the SOM Mentoring Program. Dr. Brooks has a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Brown University. When she is not with her family or on the tennis court, Heidi is usually engaged in building courageous leadership communities.

    Dr. Hedi Brooks

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    Dr. Lauren H. Cohen

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Lauren Cohen is a Professor in the Finance area at Harvard Business School, an Editor of Management Science, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Review of Financial Studies and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. Prior to joining HBS, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at Yale University, in the School of Management, where he was on the faculty from 2005-2007. His award-winning research has been published in the top journals in Finance and Economics. It is also frequently described in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, and Forbes. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Award for his research agenda on Relationships in Finance. Dr. Cohen received a PhD in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2005. He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania - a BSE from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He serves on the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.

    Dr. Lauren H. Cohen

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    Dr. Robert E. Brown

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Robert E. Brown is professor of Communications at Salem State University (1995-present) and has been an adjunct professor at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education (1990-2013). He has taught management communications as a faculty member of Bentley University and at Boston University. His career combines scholarship and teaching with positions as a corporate speech writer for Fortune 500 companies including Atlantic Richfield Company, W.R.Grace, where he lead the annual-report writing team and Price-Coopers ,where he was the Manager of Publications with 10 writers reporting to him. Professor Brown’s career includes editorial and management support consulting for Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc., an investor relations firm, and instructor and facilitator for Weber-Shandwick and Racepoint, a pair of communications firms. He is an editorial board member of two peer-reviewed journals, Public Relations Inquiry and Public Relations Review. His education includes B.S., Economics, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. Dr. Brown’s article for Public Relations Inquiry, “Epistemological Modesty,” applied critical thinking to the concept and ethics of public relations. In November, Routledge (UK, NY) will publish Dr. Brown’s The Public Relations of Everything, a theory of public relations as a humanity.

    Dr. Robert E. Brown

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    Dr. Charles (Chuck) Eesley

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Is a professor in Stanford University's Management Science & Engineering group, teaching and doing research on technology entrepreneurship so that the next generation of entrepreneurs can have the greatest chances of success possible. Before Stanford, he earned his Ph.D. at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Biological Basis of Behavior at Duke University. He has spent the past 10 years in and around startups, founding 3 of his own, worked in a Duke neuroscience lab, started a biotech consulting firm, worked with two venture capital firms (Flagship Ventures and Lux Capital) and mentored startups in the MIT 100K and Clean Energy competitions.

    Dr. Charles (Chuck) Eesley

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    Dr. Jenter

    Associate Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science

    Dirk Jenter is an Associate Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining the LSE, he was a finance faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2007-2015) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (2002-2007). Professor Jenter's research focuses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Financial Executive Magazine, Smart Money, and on CNN. He won the MIT Sloan Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the MIT Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2014, and the Stanford MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK), an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics from Harvard University.

    Dr. Jenter




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