The D’Amore-McKim School of Business launched the D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk Series in April 2020. The Resilience series draws upon the expertise of our faculty, alumni, parents and friends to provide a platform for our community to engage in conversation around the COVID-19 crisis. During this unprecedented time, our community has come together to listen, learn, ask questions, and share ideas.
The Resilience series are live events that are recorded for future viewing. Below, find a list of recorded events. These recorded sessions are hosted on our official YouTube channel and are listed in chronological order.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Parents
- Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean of D’Amore-McKim
- Rick LeBlanc, President & CEO of NELCO worldwide, Dean’s Executive Council Member, and current D’Amore-McKim/N.U.in parent, MBA’90
Echambadi and LeBlanc led a discussion on the school’s response to COVID-19 at this point in time, plans for the future, and how parents, family members, and students can remain agile and resilient in this unprecedented time.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: The Future of Fintech
- Rafael Febres Cordero, DMSB’93
- Deniz Johnson
- Mark Bernfeld, Northeastern University Professor of Practice and Director of the FinTech Initiative
Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 crisis has presented in FinTech, and how companies in the industry can remain agile and resilient in this unprecedented time.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Outlook for Global Economic Recovery
- Ravi Ramamurti, University Distinguished Professor & Director, Center for Emerging Markets
- Charles Chan, PNT’21, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Management & Business Park, CapitaLand (China)
- Karine Hirn, PNT’21, Founding Partner, East Capital,
- Dave Nardone, DMSB’79, MBA’82, PNT’22, Vice Chairman & Executive Director, WHA Hemaraj Industrial International
The COVID-19 health crisis has brought about the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. This webinar explored when and how the global economy might get out of its present rut. To do so, the webinar focused on Asia—the world’s economic dynamo and the region where COVID-19 began.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Leadership in Challenging Times
- Jim Madigan, Northeastern Men’s Hockey Coach, DMSB’86, PNT’13
- Tim Connelly, PNT’15, Former Brown Brothers Harriman Partner, MBA’85
Northeastern Men’s Hockey Coach Jim Madigan, DMSB’86, PNT’13, PNT’15, and former Brown Brothers Harriman Partner Tim Connelly, MBA’85, shared their thoughts and experiences around leadership. Coach Madigan, reflected on his success leading the hockey team and provided a window into the many ways the Northeastern community comes together to support its student. Both speakers will talk about the experiences that shaped their practice as leaders and continue to impact their professional and personal life.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talks: Unleash the Potential of Your Teams
- Stephen Deasy, MBA’07, Head of Cloud Engineering at Atlassian
- Marc Meyer, Robert Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship
“The office” is shut but work must proceed, even at an accelerated pace. During this event, viewers learned about how to recruit and onboard employees – when there isn’t an “office” in which to train and begin working. Participants spoke on “customer discovery” when visiting customers are no longer a physical trip and when product managers and designers no longer sit in front of a “whiteboard” on the wall.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: The View from the Investors Community
- Bob Lentz, Executive Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence at Northeastern University
- Jere Doyle, General Partner of Oyster Angel Fund and Managing Director at Sigma Prime Ventures
- Michael Skok, Founder and Managing Partner of Underscore Venture Capital.
This event included a conversation with venture capitalists and angel investors about how the community is navigating this period of financial uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. This timely conversation was for existing ventures that have already raised capital and those seeking new capital.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Building Community Before, During, and After COVID-19
- Dan Gregory, Founder and Board Member of MOSAIC, Founding Faculty Advisor of IDEA, and Co-Chair of the McCarthy’s Venture Mentoring Network
- Abhishek Balakrishnan, DMSB’20, Former Chief Executive Officer at IDEA, Northeastern’s Student-Led Venture Accelerator
- Jordan Lin, S ’20, Community & Operations Director at IDEA
- Roy Liu, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Hercules Capital, IDEA Board Member
- Nina Stepanov, DMSB’16, Principal at Acceleprise, WISE Advisory Board member
- Chris Wolfel, DMSB’13, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Helpful, Vice President of TechStars Boston Chapter, and Founder and Consultant at Barrel Proof Ventures, Board Member of IDEA
Panelists discussed the power of community and reflected on lessons learned from building communities on campus and for alumni around the world. The discussion highlighted strategies IDEA, Northeastern’s student-led venture accelerator, is using to strengthen its community, and stay focused in the uncertain environment of the pandemic.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Supply Chain Disruptions in the Pharma Industry
- Nada Sanders, Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Northeastern University
- Ken Baldwin, Sr. Director, SS&P Center of Excellence and Operations, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
- William “Bill” Barbo, MBA’95, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Office, Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
- Michael Bock, MBA’10, Product Operations Lead, Global Manufacturing and Supply, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
- Subs Tripathy, Executive Director, Novartis Business Services, Novartis
The COVID-19 pandemic has created short-term disruptions of critical supply chains, including those in the pharmaceutical sector. As we learn of the protracted nature of this pandemic, questions are raised of immediate actions that need to be taken to mitigate disruptions, as well as plans for possible medium- and long-term supply chain restructuring. The session focused on a collective discussion of critical breakdowns within the industry and strategies toward medium- and long-term restructuring.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: The Perspective from Emerging Ventures
- Bob Lentz, Executive Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence, Northeastern University; Board member and Investor
- Zac Sheffer, E’13, Chief Executive Officer and Founder,
- Elsen Lyle Stevens, DMSB’09, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Mavrck
- Kate Weiler, MS’13, Co-founder, Drink Simple
What are the challenges facing ventures with good revenue growth and strong proof of product market fit? How are they navigating the crisis? What has been helpful? Where are the opportunities? This event brought together three emerging ventures (not startups) founded by Northeastern alumni in conversation about their experience facing the COVID-19 crisis.
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: The Power of Mentorship
- Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Esq., JD’86, Executive Professor of Law and Business
- Gay Crowley, PNT ’17, Founder, Mother Caroline Academy and Education Mentoring Program, Northeastern University Torch Mentor
- Jeff McCarthy, DMSB ’77, Co-Founder, McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network; Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
- Jeanine Mendez, DMSB ’08, Co-Founder, Kindwork; Start-up Advisor & Investor
D’Amore-McKim COVID-19 Resilience Talk: Scalable Innovation in the Age of COVID-19
- Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
- Venkat Srinivasan, Managing Director at Innospark Ventures
Gain perspectives from serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Venkat Srinivasan, Managing Director at Innospark Ventures in a conversation about scalable innovation in the age of COVID-19 with Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. They discussed strategies for innovators at all levels looking to bring change to their organizations and provided reflections on how the COVID-19 crisis provides challenges and opportunities.