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Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Stevens Offers a Course of Action for Leaders

Eight-Week Virtual Lecture Series Designed to Help Businesses Cope as Challenges Loom

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Thought leaders from the School of Business will share their insights on how to cope with crisis during an eight-week virtual lecture series for students and practitioners alike.

The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology has a strong reputation for helping businesses stay ahead of the rapid, technology-driven changes that are transforming the workplace. 

Now, the school’s faculty are putting that perspective to work on a new problem — how to keep pace with the changes ushered in by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The School of Business has launched an eight-week online series, “Course of Action: Effective Leadership in Times of Crisis,” aimed at preparing Stevens students to understand the perspective they will need to lead in times of great uncertainty. Members of industry also are being invited, to take advantage of Stevens’ thought leadership in this area.

The series begins April 8 and will conclude May 27.

“We see this as an important service to our students, who have proven themselves remarkably adaptable in this challenging time,” said Dr. Gregory Prastacos, dean of the School of Business. “But we also want to serve the larger business community, where leaders understand that the show must go on, but need help keeping teams engaged while working remotely, or developing strategy when misinformation is shared on social networks.”

The talks cover a range of disciplines — traditional areas, like finance and leadership, as well as very specific ones, like inclusive leadership at times of social distancing. The presentations will run each Wednesday at 3 p.m., lasting between 20 and 30 minutes each. 

The full list of topics includes: 

  • Leading through Outbreak: Resilience, Compassion and Connection (Leadership, April 8).
  • Curing Chaos: Leadership Lessons from Healthcare (Leadership, April 15).
  • Infecting the Financial Markets (Finance, April 22).
  • Collectivism in Crisis (Economics, April 29).
  • Who Can I Trust? Social Media and Disaster (Analytics, May 6).
  • Social Distancing Meets Inclusive Leadership (Leadership, May 13).
  • A Cure for Ailing Supply Chains (Analytics, May 20).
  • Flattening the Curve, Limiting the Pain (Economics, May 27).

The series is open to the public, but advance registration is required at courseofaction.tech.

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