The Engages Series: An Interactive Conversation with Business Leaders
The Merrick School of Business's Engages is a series that takes a close look at contemporary business topics through the lenses of successful business leaders. Each business leader sits down with Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business and they delve into a conversation to better inform us and provide us a new perspective. Each time the dialog will cover topic pertaining to careers, business transformation and life lessons learned
On April 18, 2017, Amon Anderson shared his views on how venture philanthropy makes a difference in America. Anderson co-leads Acumen America, which invests in high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs who are changing the way we tackle poverty in the US. Acumen America is focused on Seed and Series A stage investing in the health, financial inclusion, and workforce development sectors. Anderson previously worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York.
On March 2, 2017, Eric Becker, Founder of Caretta Partners and was a co-founder of Sterling Partners, and Lane Epperson, President and CEO of HiTech Assets sat down with Dean Dalziel to discuss ways well-run businesses can make an impact on communities and its people. They delved deep into the reasons why a venture capital and private equity firm like Caretta sees value in backing a company that - on the surface- is an information technology asset disposition firm, but in actuality is making a significant impact on global sustainability.
On March 11, 2015, Michael Bronfein, B.S. '76 appeared on campus to discuss many topics including the role of disruption in business. Bronfein is a serial entrepreneur who spent his first years out of school as an accountant. Most recently he served as Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Remedi SeniorCare. Remedi SeniorCare as grown from a start up to the fifth largest Long Term Care Pharmacy in the U.S., serving approximately 40,000 nursing home and assisted living residents in eight states.
On October 10, 2017, Dr. Sunil Budhrani, currently chief medical officer for Innovation Health and co-founder of a company focused on telemedicine technologies, shared his experiences as a practicing physician and entrepreneur to better understand ways entrepreneurship and innovations work to improve health care. Budhrani holds a master's in public health and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Baltimore MBA program. He co-founded CareClix Telemedicine, a pioneer in remote patient monitoring and telemedicine technologies and his other experiences bring forth entrepreneurship and innovation into the health care sector.
On April 8, 2015 Michael Curry, B.S. '77 came back to campus to discuss his career and share some life lessons. Curry is the Principal of Business Contingency Services for the Vanguard Group, a leading provider of comprehensive investment management services. He began his career as a staff accountant with Deloitte, a public accounting firm. In February 2010, He was recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”.
On April 26, 2016 Richard DalBello, vice president of business development and Government Affairs at Virgin Galactic came to campus to share the unique business problems facing the company and what it is like to work in an innovative workplace.
On September 25, 2019, Paul Fipps, MBA '01, B.S. '97, Chief Digital Officer at Under Armour, sat down with the dean to discuss how digital capabilities are disrupting industries around the world, brands must make a shift to put the consumer at the core of everything they do. Anticipating the importance of powering and scaling consumer experiences and engagement through data, technology, and advanced analytics, Paul built Under Armour’s global digital organization. This event was not recorded.
On Nov. 7, 2016, Rhett Hernandez, a retired U.S. Army General, who was the first Commander of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) and responsible for the daily operations and defense of all Army networks, and when directed, conduct the full range of cyberspace operations, came to campus to share his vast experience in cybersecurity.
This event was not recorded.
On Nov. 16, 2017, Robert Luddy, founder of CaptiveAire Systems spoke at UB about “Making Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work in the Manufacturing Sector.” Dean Murray Dalziela and Luddy explored the 40-year history of how he has used entrepreneurship and innovation to build his manufacturing business and his lessons learned.
On Feb 23, 2016, Rich Nelson, Vice-Chairman of PCM Companies and founder of several other companies, talked about what is like to be a habitual entrepreneur
On April 24, 2019 Laura Neuman, entrepreneur, author, former Anne Arundel County Executive and current Merrick School of Business Dean's Advisory Board member, brought forth her incredible life story that includes humble beginnings, personal challenges, sale of a firm she co-founded for $230 million dollars, and political office.
On November 12, 2015, Rebecca Ranich appeared on campus to discuss the business of energy. Ranich is an energy industry executive with deep roots in capital intense energy supply and demand infrastructure and energy technologies. Over her career, she has led transformational business initiatives, forged global strategic alliances, and led new market ventures in energy and infrastructure sectors.
On October 1, 2015, Jay Ripley, B.S. '79 came to campus to discuss his experiences launching new ventures. Ripley is a co-founder, principal owner and Chairman of Sequel Youth and Family Services, a national operator of 33 residential and community-based behavioral health programs for people with mental health and behavioral disabilities. The programs operate in 18 states, employ 3,500 staff members and serve more than 4,000 clients from 36 states and territories.
Ripley also co-founded and was the principal owner of BGR The Burger Joint, an upscale, fast casual gourmet burger restaurant concept.
On Mar. 31, 2016 David Sharman, CEO of Hibu, a marketing agency for approximately one million local businesses across the U.S., U.K., Spain, and Latin America, building their websites, getting them found on Google and across the web, and running their social media campaigns, discussed what is like to revive a company from lagging to becoming a disruptive company.
On November 3, 2015, James L. Speros shared his insights into his lifetime of endeavors. Speros is an accomplished entrepreneur and former professional football coach and CFL owner, whose background includes several successful ventures in the sports entertainment, technology, hospitality and business industries. He has considerable experience in the formation and management of startup enterprises in a number of industries. Many of these companies became recognized leaders in their respective markets.
On Mar. 9, 2016 Jay Steinmetz, founder and CEO of Barcoding Inc. shared with the audience his thoughts on how about there is synergy with creating businesses and transforming a community.
On Oct. 3, 2018, Joe Weinberg, CEO Cordish Global Gaming; CEO Cordish Global Cities Entertainment.shared with the audience his thoughts on how reinvigorate communities and creating new business possibilities.
Other Speakers to Visit the Merrick School of Business
Sheila Bair, Former FDIC Chairwoman
On Sept. 19, 2013, Sheila Bair, former chairman of the FDIC, spoke to a packed auditorium to discuss her book Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself.
During her talk she described the conflicted world of bank regulation in our democracy. She provided the audience another authoritative view of the degree to which fraud was the root problem on Wall Street.
Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime mortgage crisis.
David Garvin, Harvard Professor
On May 4, 2010, David Garvin, the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and co-author of the newly released book titled Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at the Crossroads, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore. Professor Garvin addressed three broad trends reshaping graduate business education:
1. the move away from two-year, full-time, in-resident programs
2. the increased questioning by employers of the value of the MBA degree and
3. the resulting bypassing of the degree by both students and employers; factors that have lead to the hollowing out of the MBA marketplace.
Francois Gossieaux, Co-Founder Human 1.0
On April 18, 2011, Francois Gossieaux, co-founder and partner at Human 1.0 (formerly known as Beeline Labs) spoke on the campus of the University of Baltimore. The author of The Hyper-Social Organization: Eclipse Your Competition by Leveraging Social Media, discussed the benefits that social media and Web 2.0. has to companies looking to innovate business programs, practices and organizational culture. Gossieaux is quoted as saying "If you want to understand what's happening in business today, you're better off understanding Human 1.0 not Web 2.0." He is a senior fellow and board member at the Society for New Communications Research.
Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media
On April 7, 2010, Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, and co-author of the newly released book titled How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.
Forbes delved into the examples of how political leaders from both parties have violated – as well as embraced – real world, pro-market economic principles. He will go beyond politics and the heated partisan debates to discuss how the real world economy truly works. His lecture and his book are will attract anyone who is concerned about what’s happening today, who may have questions about our economic system.
Jon Gertner, Author
On October 10, 2012 Jon Gertner appeared on the UB campus to talk about his book The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.
Seth Kahan, Author
On September 21, 2010, Seth Kahan works with Visionary Leaders, helping them achieve success. He was named a “Visionary” himself by the Center for Association Leadership. He has worked with the president of the World Bank, the director of the Peace Corps, senior managers at Shell Exploration and Production Company, Prudential Retirement Savings, and dozens of associations.
Kahan's latest book Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out, challenges leaders to approach organizational change in a whole new way. He presents a critical philosophical shift from status quo to authentic change through engagement. His talk will be filled with techniques to implement change
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS
On September 13, 2012, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS returned to her alma mater to discuss nonprofits and their profiting social enterprises.
Jeffrey Lacker, Federal Reserve President
On April 14, 2011, Jeffrey M. Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and a prominent economist and educator, led a conversation about current issues affecting the economy and conditions in business, banking and government when he visits the University of Baltimore on Thursday, April 14. Lacker took office in August 2004 as the seventh chief executive of the Fed's Fifth District. He is currently serving a full term that began in March 2006.
Lacker is the author of numerous articles in professional journals on monetary, financial, and payment economics, and has presented his work at several universities and central banks. He taught at The College of William and Mary in 1992 and 1993, and in 1997 he was a visiting scholar at the Swiss National Bank.
Marc Lane, Attorney and Author
On August, 25, 2011 Marc J. Lane, author of Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, appeared at the University of Baltimore to discuss the topic of changing nonprofits. He discussued how today's economy has forced many charities to cut back on their services. Charitable giving is also down and federal and state governments are pulling back on their support of the social sector. This trend has drastically changed the business model for many nonprofit organizations requiring them to become innovative and entrepreneurial to survive.
Peter Linneman, Real Estate Investor and Strategist
On March 28, 2012, Peter Linneman shared his perspective on monetary policy and real estate returns. Linneman is an expert in real estate finance and investment and is the Albert Sussman Emeritus Professor of Real Estate, Finance, and Business Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities, (now in its 3rd Edition) has been adopted at over 70 leading universities including the University of Baltimore, and is the leading primary reference source in real estate finance and investment.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Professor
On September 24, 2009 Harvard business professor, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore and discussed her new book SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth and Social Good.
She offered a new business model helping to provide solutions to the global crisis of business and American-style capitalism. She ties corporate acts of social good to financial growth and success and believes that at the root of these innovations, is a corporate philosophy, that strives for some kind of good beyond mere profits. Her book illustrates the strong synergy between financial performance and attention to community and social needs.
Erik van Ommeren, Innovator
On November 10, 2009, Erik van Ommeren, director of innovation at Vision Inspiration Navigation Trends (VINT) / Sogeti USA appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore to discuss a book he co-authored called, Collaboration in the Cloud: How Cross-Boundary Collaboration is Transforming Business.
Cloud Computing will be the top strategic technological trend that is going to drive IT for years to come.
Deborah Perry Piscione, Entrepreneur and Author
On April 10, 2013, Deborah Perry Pisicone came to campus to talk about her finding in her book Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World.
Daniel H. Pink, Award-winning Economist
On March 26, 2014 Jeffrey D. Sachs, to campus to discuss his book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.
Pink finds, all Americans who work are, in some way or another, “in sales.” “Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.
Jeffrey Sachs, Award-winning Economist
On November 9th, 2011 Jeffrey D. Sachs, award-winning economist, Columbia University professor of health policy and management and author of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, appeared at the University of Baltimore as part of the 2011-12 Merrick School of Business Speaker Series.
During his talk, Dr. Sachs will offered not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country's economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.
Dan Senor, Journalist
On April 25, 2012, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presented a Speaker session and Panel Discussion at Merrick School of Business.
Dan Senor, author of best-selling book Start-Up Nation provided some impressive analysis about how Israel became the world of entrepreneurs. The Panel discussed entrepreneurs at Baltimore. The panel of experts included: Barry Bogage, executive director of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, David Lingelbach, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, Tom Loveland, CEO of Mind Over Machines, and Rob Rosenbaum, executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.
Russell Simmons, Entrepreneur
On February 3, 2011, Russell Simmons appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore to discuss his new book Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. He shared with the audience how true wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Simmons has become one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most only dream about. No matter how much material gain he has accumulated, he never stops lending a hand to those less fortunate.
Gillian Tett, Editor, Financial Times
On March 11, 2010, U.S. managing editor at the Financial Times and award-winning journalist, Gillian Tett appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.
Tett appeared to discuss her book Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe. The book follows the trail of a small group of bankers at J.P. Morgan whose investment decisions added to the chaos of the financial meltdown. She will discussed the impact of the nation’s financial policy and what lessons can be learned from it.
David Wessel, Editor, Wall Street Journal
On October 14, 2009 Wall Street Journal Economic editor, David Wessel, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.
Wessel discussed his new book In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic - How the Federal Reserve Became the Fourth Branch of Government. He revealed in scary detail how unprepared the politicians and regulators truly were for the calamity, and how close we came to a depression that could easily have rivaled what the nation saw in the 1930s. In Fed We Trust actually offers a group portrait of the figures responsible for responding to the housing meltdown, credit freeze, stock market crash and economic slump.
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate
On April 20, 2009, Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, author, and founder of Grameen Bank, appeared on April 20, 2009 and discussed how the dynamics of capitalism can be applied to some of society's greatest challenges. The sold out event was held at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, near the UB campus. The event was sponsored by the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, and represents the school's continuing commitment to inspiring and educating students to become globally responsible leaders.