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Leadership Webinars on Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

A webinar series from Cornell faculty, focusing on leadership and work

As the world’s preeminent institution on work, employment and labor, the ILR School has partnered with the SC Johnson College of Business and eCornell to launch a webinar series to help leaders and teams during this time of uncertainty and change.

Join live or watch recorded past events

We’ve designed each webinar to address questions from our wide body of stakeholders and deliver relevant insight. You will have the opportunity to ask Cornell faculty questions directly affecting the world of work.

Upcoming webinars

To be announced


Previous webinar recordings

Getting Back to School: Collaborative Strategies for Reopening K–12 Public Scools in a Fiscal Crisis

Recorded June 9, 2020

Educators now face the challenge of planning to safely restart the school year this fall, in an environment in which state and local resources may be severely cut, and federal guidelines and resources are uncertain. How should schools go about reopening their doors while protecting the health of students and educators, and serving the most in-need and traumatized children?

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Equitable Economic Recovery After COVID-19

Recorded May 29, 2020

Building community partnerships will be a vital part of getting the economy back on track. Learn how grassroots organizations and local governments are coming up with some of the best policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panel: Sam Magaver, Visiting Activist Scholar at Cornell ILR School; Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director at PUSH Buffalo; Russell Weaver, Ph.D., Economic Geographer at Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab; Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director at Partnership for the Public Good; and Jennifer Minner, Associate Professor at Cornell College of Architecture, Arts and Planning

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Contagion, Persuasion and Motivation: Private and Public Behavior in the COVID-19 Crisis

Recorded Friday, May 8, 2020

A panel of Cornell University experts in the fields of behavioral and economic decision-making, social influence and communication engage in a timely discussion on how to balance personal priorities with public health concerns.

Panel: Robert H. Frank, Professor at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Vanessa Bohns, Associate Professor at Cornell ILR School; Sahara Byrne, Professor at Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Linda Barrington, Associate Dean of Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

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Can Economic, Political, and Public Health Realities Align?

Recorded Thursday, April 30, 2020

A panel of leading voices in the fields of public health, economics, and politics inform priorities as we pursue the safest way to protect both our public health and the economic functions that are so essential to society’s well-being and civility.

Panel: Linda Barrington, Associate Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Kaushik Basu, Carls Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University; Lawrence Casalino, Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Economics at Weill Cornell Medicine; and Sarah Kreps, Professor of Government and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School

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Workplace Considerations for Vulnerable Populations

Recorded Thursday, April 23, 2020

The panel explores ways to proactively address issues that may disproportionately impact older workers, as well as those with physical and mental disabilities, by employing internal organization and professional association resources.

Panel: Mardelle Shepley, Professor and Department Chair at Cornell College of Human Ecology; Trent Burner, Vice President of Research at SHRM; Jen Schramm, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at AARP Public Policy Institute; and Susanne M. Bruyère, Professor and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell ILR School

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Commercial Real Estate in the Wake of a Pandemic

Recorded Wednesday, April 22, 2020

This panel of owners/borrowers, lenders, and restructuring professionals discuss the myriad challenges to commercial real estate.

Panel: Jason Nick, Chief Investment Officer of Private Securities at Starwood Property Trust; Alan Tantleff, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting; Steven Carvell, Vice Provost for External Relations at Cornell University; and Alfonso Munk, Chief Investment Officer of the Americas at Hines

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Protecting and Assisting Workers in the Midst of a Pandemic: Labor-Management Solutions

Recorded Monday, April 20, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focused

Cornell University’s ILR School, School of Hotel Administration, and Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) bring together both union and management leaders as well as a public policy expert to clarify productive answers to the challenges that have emerged.

Panel: Seth Harris, Visiting Professor at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Donald Taylor, International President at UNITE HERE; Paul Ades, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations and Operations at Hilton; Richard W. Hurd, Associate Director at Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations; and David Sherwyn, Professor at Cornell Hotel School

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What's Next for NYC Restaurants

Recorded Thursday, April 16, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focused

The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Cornell Center for Food and Beverage Management (CIFBM) brings together restaurant and foodservice executives and faculty experts to offer solutions to the challenges that operators, employees and guests are experiencing in New York City.

Panel: Alex Susskind, Cornell Hotel School Professor; Alan Rosen, CEO of Junior's Restaurant and Bakery; Chris Mellon, President and CEO of Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc.; and Mark Maynard, Director of Operations of Union Square Hospitality Group

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The Travel Industry's Road to Recovery

Recorded Thursday, April 16, 2020

Travel industry experts discuss the current market dynamics and different recovery scenarios.

Panel: Jamie Lane, Senior Director of Economics and Forecasting for CBRE Econometric Advisors and CBRE Hotels Research; Mark Woodworth, Partner at R.M. Woodworth & Associates; and Mark Lomanno, Partner and Senior Advisor at Kalibri Labs

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Sustainable Supply Chain Labor Practices

Recorded Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Cornell faculty experts, along with sourcing and union leaders, discuss the implications of COVID-19’s disruption of global supply chains for both buyers and workers.

Panel: Sarosh Kuruvilla, Professor at Cornell ILR School; Nazma Akter, Executive Director of the Awaj Foundation; David Hyer, Vice President of Global Sustainability at Gap, Inc.; and Jason Judd, Executive Director of the New Conversations Project at Cornell ILR School

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Global Supply Chain (Fr)Agility

Recorded Friday, April 10, 2020

A select panel of Cornell University scholars shared their insights on the functioning and structure of supply chains during this unprecedented crisis.

Panel: Linda Barrington, Associate Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Vishal Gaur, Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Miguel I. Gómez, Associate Professor at Cornell Dyson School; Oliver Gao, Professor at Cornell Engineering

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Workplace Safety in a Pandemic

Recorded Friday, April 10

We examined pressing issues and the future of workplace health and safety in this new era.
Presenter: Nellie Brown, Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs and Lead Programs Manager for the ILR School

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The Urgent Role of Human Resources

Recorded Thursday, April 9, 2020

Cornell’s panel of faculty experts discussed how HR can quickly rise to the challenge of managing a workforce during a crisis and preparing for what lies ahead.

Panel: Christopher Collins, Associate Professor at Cornell ILR School; Beth Flynn-Ferry, Executive Director of Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell ILR School; and Brad Bell, Professor of Human Resource Studies at Cornell ILR School

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Disruption in the Financial Sector

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 12 p.m. EDT

Cornell faculty panel share their insights into the actions and reactions of the world's financial markets.

Panel: Maureen O'Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management in Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Andrew Karolyi, Professor of Finance and Deputy Dean and College Dean for Academic Affairs at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Sanjeev Bhojraj, DAlumni Professor in Asset Management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; and Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.

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The Restaurant Business in Crisis

Recorded Friday, April 3, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focued

Restaurant executives and faculty experts offer solutions to the challenges that operators, employees and guests are experiencing in our new normal.

Panel: Jeff Chandler, CEO of Hopdoddy Burger Bar; Jose Dueñas, CEO of Bagel Brands; James Park, CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh; and Cornell Hotel School Professor Alex Susskind.

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Managing Workplace Conflict

Recorded Friday, April 3, 2020

Cornell faculty experts discuss how leaders and individuals can quickly rise to the challenge of managing conflict through crisis.

Panel: Ariel Avgar, Associate Dean for Outreach and Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and History; Sally Klingel, Director of Labor Management Relations Programs at the Scheinman Institute; and Katrina Nobles, Director of Conflict Programs at the Scheinman Institute.

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Labor-Management Relations in the Midst of a Pandemic

Recorded Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focused

Leading practitioners and faculty experts discuss the myriad labor relations challenges brought on by this historic global challenge.

Panel: Harry Johnson, former NLRB member and current partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP; Paul Wagner, shareholder at Stokes Wagner ALC; and Harry Katz, the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining and Director of the Scheinman Institute at the ILR School, Cornell. CIHLER Director David Sherwyn will serve as moderator.

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COVID-19 and the Hospitality Industry

Recorded Monday, March 30, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focused

The panel discusses some of the most critical HR priorities and operational implications of the current health crisis.

Panel: Robert Mellwig, Chief Culture Officer, sbe Entertainment Group, Leslie Ferrier, Vice President of Human Resources, Momofuku, and Nigel Beck, CEO and Founder, When Labs. Bruce Tracey, Professor of Management at The Cornell Hotel School, will serve as moderator.

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Understanding and Complying With Employment Laws, Old and New

Recorded Friday, March 27, 2020 | Hospitality industry-focused

Receive clear, productive answers to the employment law challenges that have emerged.

Panel: Cornell Hotel School Dean Kate Walsh, Cornell Hotel School Professor David Sherwyn, Michelman & Robinson Managing Partner Dana Kravetz, Stokes Wagner Managing Shareholder Paul Wagner and Littler Shareholder Celeste Yeager.

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Leading Remote Teams

Recorded Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cornell University faculty panel discusses how leaders can quickly rise to the challenge of leading remote teams and keeping them engaged and productive in these uncertain times.

Panel: ILR School Professor of Human Resource Studies Brad Bell, SC Johnson College of Business Professor of Management Elizabeth Mannix, ILR Executive Education Senior Extension Faculty Tony Byers, and ILR School Associate Professor and Chair of HR Studies Diane Burton as moderator.

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Leadership Through Communication

Recorded Friday, March 20, 2020

Three of Cornell’s most prominent faculty share their crisis communication expertise so that we can do our best to serve our stakeholders, preserve our goals, and safeguard our community’s current and future health.

Panel: Dyson School Dean Lynn Wooten, CALS Professor and Cornell Vice Provost Katherine McComas, and Johnson School of Management Senior Lecturer Theomary Karamanis. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs Andrew Karolyi as moderator.

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