Engage with Fuqua Faculty and Alumni Practitioners

Fuqua Forums is a series of virtual events created just for alumni on the topics of finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, health care, technology, and management and leadership. These two-hour sessions include research presentations and conversations with faculty, practitioner panels featuring interesting Fuqua alumni, and time for networking and discussion amongst participants.

Adriano Rampini

November 13, 2020: Finance

Faculty feature: Adriano Rampini, William and Sue Gross Professor of Financial Economics

  • The Risk Management Paradox: Why Firms Should Hedge and Why Many Don’t. Professor Adriano Rampini presented data on hedging patterns of firms in two industries – airlines and banking – and discussed how the theory of corporate hedging helps us understand these patterns, by considering the benefits of hedging and the obstacles that might prevent firms from doing so.

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Alumni practitioner panel

Lisa HindsAnton SahazizianManavendra SialJack WildermuthJonathan Rosenzweig

Left to right:

  • Lisa Hinds MBA '98, Senior, Vice President at EnTrust Global
  • Anton Sahazizian MBA '00, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions at Moelis & Company
  • Manavendra Sial MBA '03, Executive Vice President and CFO at SunPower Corporation
  • Jack Wildermuth MBA '95, Partner and Managing Director, Marketing & Client Relations at Harris Associates
  • Jonathan Rosenzweig '91, MBA '93, Managing Director, Head of Americas Equity Research, Citi (Moderator)

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Mary Frances Luce

December 8, 2020: Health Care

Faculty feature: Mary Frances Luce, Robert A. Ingram Professor of Business Administration and Associate Faculty Director, Health Sector Management

  • Making Value-Based Care Valuable. No one argues for less value (less benefit, more cost) in health care in general. Everyone wants positive patient health outcomes and no one wants to waste money. So what’s the problem? Professor Mary Frances Luce will discuss what value-based care is really addressing and why incentives, information, and influence on patients all matter in making value-based care robust.

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Alumni practitioner panel

Teri LawverShaden MarzoukEdward SimMichael Dombeck

Left to right:

  • Teri Lawver MBA ’94, Global Vice President, Immunology, Global Commercial Strategy Leader, Janssen Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson
  • Shaden Marzouk MBA ’11, President, CareMore Health and Aspire Health at Anthem, Inc.
  • Edward Sim MBA ’02, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Centura Health
  • Michael Dombeck MBA ’03, Chief Operating Officer, Arcellx, Inc. (Moderator)

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Manuel Adelino and Christine Moorman

December 15, 2020: Entrepreneurship

Faculty feature: Manuel Adelino, Associate Professor of Finance, and Christine Moorman, T. Austin Finch, Sr. Professor of Business Administration

  • Entrepreneurial Action & Mindset. Business today requires talent possessing an innovative spirit combined with the ability to see opportunities, create value, and marshal resources to solve big problems for the benefit of business, customers, and society. In our Fuqua Forums: Entrepreneurship faculty session, Professors Manuel Adelino and Christine Moorman will give an overview of a new Fuqua course that addresses how those seeking to innovate across a wide range industries can have an entrepreneurial mindset. They also will do a deeper dive into the importance of prioritizing deep customer focus. 

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Alumni practitioner panel

Rachael ClassiRobb LawrenceRotimi ThomasManil UppalAndrea WeinbergJamie Jones

Left to right:

  • Rachael Classi MBA ’14, Founder & CEO, Tiny Earth Toys
  • Robb Lawrence MBA ’03, Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
  • Rotimi Thomas MBA ’13, MEM '13, Director & Co-Founder, Aspire Power Solutions
  • Manil Uppal MBA ’06, Founder, Delivery Solutions
  • Andrea Weinberg MBA ’10, Founder & CEO, The ANDI Brand
  • Jamie Jones, Associate Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) (Moderator)

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Keisha Cutright

February 25, 2021: Marketing

Faculty feature: Keisha Cutright PhD '11, Associate Professor of Marketing

  • Befriending the Enemy:  Should Brands Play Nice with the Competition? Consumers’ trust in brands is declining, and managers are desperately searching for novel ways to connect. Professor Keisha Cutright’s research suggests that improving one’s relationships with competitors is a valuable, albeit unexpected way for brands to do so. Professor Cutright will discuss the results of several experiments investigating how consumers respond when brands communicate with one another in more complimentary ways.

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Alumni practitioner panel

    Jasmin AllenEsteban ColónCarl NeginTodd Bolin

    Left to right:

    • Jasmin Allen MBA '08, Senior Vice President, Hennessy US at LVMH
    • Esteban Colón MBA '98, Chief Marketing Officer, Supermercados Econo Inc.
    • Carl Negin MBA '02, Chief Marketing Officer, Ascensus
    • Todd Bolin MBA '84, CEO and Owner, Bolin Marketing, and Fuqua Alumni Council Chair (Moderator)

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      Jack Soll

      March 4, 2021: Management and Leadership

      Faculty feature: Jack Soll, Professor of Management and Organization

      • Less is More: When Knowing Less Leads to Better Decisions. To make good decisions, you need information. Yet in some cases certain types of information can make decisions worse, not better. For example, although a job applicant’s physical attractiveness, gender, or race may all be irrelevant to job performance, our research shows that people often want to see this type of information. Moreover, decision makers often know that this type of information can be biasing, yet driven by their curiosity they elect to see it anyway. In this talk, Professor Jack Soll will discuss research that highlights this problem, and also how "blinding" oneself to certain kinds of information can lead to better decisions.

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      Alumni practitioner panel

      Tarang AminChip DanielsAnne Sempowski WardCari Coats

      Left to right:

      • Tarang Amin MBA '91, Chairman and CEO, e.l.f. Beauty
      • Chip Daniels MBA '03, Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison, U.S. Army
      • Anne Sempowski Ward '94, MBA '04, CEO and Executive Board Leader, CURiO Brands
      • Cari H. Coats MBA '03, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Accendo Leadership Advisory Group (Moderator)

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      Carl Mela

      March 12, 2021: Technology

      Faculty feature: Carl Mela, T. Austin Finch Foundation Professor of Marketing

      • Marketing Technology. The growth in martech, or technologies to scale and automate marketing, has been explosive. In 2014, there were only 900 major marketing technology companies and Shopify was trading at around $30 per share. Today there are over 8,000 major martech companies, and Shopify is trading around $1,200 per share. Professor Mela will discuss some key reasons that underpin growth in martech and its major components including ad tech, content marketing, and B2B and B2C and C2C platforms including sales tech, social media, the peer economy, and reputation platforms. Further, he will outline a more strategic approach to creating and managing your martech stack.

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      Alumni practitioner panel

      Scott BrightonChen-Lin LeeNaveen SeshadriKatherine Hutton

      Left to right:

      • Scott Brighton MBA '93, CEO, Aurea Software
      • Chen-Lin Lee MBA '05, Director of Partnerships - Ad Technology, TikTok
      • Naveen Seshadri MBA '11, Global Chief Digital Officer, Foot Locker, Inc.
      • Katherine Hutton '05, MBA '11, Cybersecurity Senior Research Analyst, StealthPath Inc. (Moderator)

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