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Winners of Groat and Alpern Awards Announced

Groat & Alpern Awards 2023

Christy Pambianchi ’90 will receive the Groat Award and Ed Baum ’81 will receive the Alpern Award on April 20 at the ILR School’s 2023 awards celebration, Dean Alex Colvin announced today.

As executive vice president and chief people officer at Intel Corporation, Pambianchi is responsible for driving Intel’s people strategy and for fostering a vibrant culture.

Prior to her time at Intel, she served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Verizon, where she led the company’s internal COVID-19 response and worked with HR leaders across industries to reduce the negative impacts of mass unemployment caused by the pandemic.

Before Verizon, Pambianchi was executive vice president of People & Digital at Corning Inc. and served in other senior leadership roles there. She began her career at PepsiCo Inc., where she worked for 10 years.

Pambianchi is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, the ILR campaign committee and ILR’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies Advisory Board. She is a sustaining member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

Baum is a partner in the litigation department at Perkins Coie LLP in New York City. His practice is focused on representing public and private companies in complex business litigation, and on lender liability matters, creditors’ rights issues and business torts. Previously, he led Proskauer’s corporate litigation group.

Baum is a member of the ILR Dean’s Advisory Council and the ILR Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution Board of Advisers. He previously served as a Cornell Annual Fund volunteer.

Baum and his wife, Holly Wallace, sponsor an ILR partnership with the New York Advisory Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The organization creates curricula for teaching entrepreneurship in underserved urban high schools and conducts business plan competitions for students. The Cornell ILR Baum and Wallace Family Scholarship supports NFTE graduates who attend Cornell.

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