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 strategy.  These two-hour sessions will include research presentations and conversations with faculty, practitioner panels featuring interesting Fuqua alumni, and time for networking and discussion amongst participants.

Upcoming sessions take place from 11:30AM - 1:30PM ET:

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Keisha Cutright

February 25, 2021: Marketing

Faculty feature: Keisha Cutright, Associate Professor of Marketing

Program highlights include:

  • 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.

Alumni practitioners panel (check back for more panelists soon!):

    Carl Negin

    • Carl Negin MBA '02, Chief Marketing Officer, Ascensus

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      Jack Soll

      March 4, 2021: Management and Leadership

      Faculty feature: Jack Soll, Professor of Management and Organization

      Program highlights include:

      • 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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      Carl Mela

      March 12, 2021: Technology

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

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      Adriano Rampini

      November 13, 2020: Finance

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

      Program highlights included:

      • The Risk Management Paradox: Why Firms Should Hedge and Why Many Don’t presented by Professor Adriano Rampini. 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. Watch the recording here.


      • Alumni practitioners panel on how firms and investors can think about the principles of ESG, such as monetizing, contextualizing, and operationalizing them. The panel featured:
        • 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 (moderator)


      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

      Program highlights included:

      "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.

      Alumni practitioner panel

      Michael DombeckTeri LawverShaden MarzoukEdward Sim

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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

      Program highlights included:

      "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. 

      Alumni practitioner panel

      Rachael ClassiJamie JonesRobb LawrenceRotimi ThomasManil UppalAndrea Weinberg

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