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Hear what drives the innovators, leaders, and thinkers of Columbia Business School in this podcast hosted by Fahad Ahmed ’17.

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Hear what drives the innovators, leaders, and thinkers of Columbia Business School in this podcast hosted by Fahad Ahmed ’17.

    Mission, Purpose, and Moon-Shooting with Vasiliki Petrou, Group CEO of Unilever Prestige

    Mission, Purpose, and Moon-Shooting with Vasiliki Petrou, Group CEO of Unilever Prestige

    Vasiliki Petrou founded and now leads the Unilever Prestige division; this last year has offered that division invaluable knowledge and expertise. In this week’s episode, she reviews some of what she’s learned about her already-strong commitment to running a mission-driven brand portfolio. She discusses the nature of prestige retail marketing; the future of brick and mortar; and her team’s unwavering commitment to purpose, for customers and employees alike. And intriguingly, she talks about the effect of having a creative in the C-suite. Petrou is a Columbia Business School graduate, class of 1993.
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    • 19 min
    Impact Investing and the Future of Flexible Capital

    Impact Investing and the Future of Flexible Capital

    Like every other industry, the field of impact investing underwent significant change over the last year. This episode investigates some of the new possibilities that this change has opened. Maggie Loo, CBS class of ’05 and Bridges Fund Management partner, discusses how the definition of “returns” may need to be reevaluated, how environmental regulations will transform corporate decision making, and how larger businesses can leverage small changes to produce significant effect.

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    • 15 min
    Turnaround: A Tale of Two Pandemic Case Studies

    Turnaround: A Tale of Two Pandemic Case Studies

    What happened? What went wrong? Those are simple questions to ask when a company experiences difficulty. In Professor Kathryn Harrigan’s Turnaround Management class, students examine case studies to uncover the often complex reasons why a firm got in trouble and to help plot a way back.
    On this episode of Bizcast, Harrigan, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Business Leadership, tells us the story of the decisions made by two very different firms – J. Crew, the famous purveyors of preppy clothes, and Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor – as they coped with shifts in their fortunes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In addition to discussing the strategies companies take to recover, Harrigan also explains how the class instills a sense of responsibility that future leaders should feel toward their companies.
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    • 31 min
    What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?

    What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?

    We start our new season of Bizcast with a conversation about the challenges of entrepreneurship.
    Class of 2021 members Pritika Gupta, Gareth Pembroke, and Samuel Hong are co-presidents of the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), a community of students who offer each other support on their entrepreneurial journeys and a network that will continue after graduation.  CEO also plans a number of professional development opportunities and in the coming weeks the group will  host a panel discussion on the future of healthcare startups. 
    After explaining the benefits of the group, the students tell us what it’s like to study entrepreneurship at CBS as well as the lessons they’ve learned from previous successes and failures they encountered with their own entrepreneurial ventures before enrolling at the School.
    You can email us at bizcast@gsb.columbia.edu. Or find us on Instagram and Twitter, where we are @columbia_biz.
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    • 25 min
    Inspiring and Exhausting: Reporting on Political Campaigns

    Inspiring and Exhausting: Reporting on Political Campaigns

    What is it like for a journalist to cover the final days of a political campaign, right before an election? Bizcast visits with two MBA students who have had this experience first-hand.
    Alexis Levinson ’21, a former reporter for Buzzfeed, and Knight-Bagehot Fellow Hannah Levintova ’21, who writes for Mother Jones, give us their perspective on the differences between covering local and national politics; trustworthy ways to stay informed; and whether voters should believe the latest polls.
    Levinson and Levintova also share their views on the future of the media business and why they felt pursuing a MBA would enhance and focus their respective career paths.
    Comments? Suggestions? Email us at bizcast@gsb.columbia.edu. Or find us on Instagram and Twitter, where we are @columbia_biz.
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    • 34 min
    The Intersection of Business, Politics, and Society: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

    The Intersection of Business, Politics, and Society: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

    On this special episode of Bizcast, we’re presenting a conversation between Bernstein Center Faculty Director Modupe Akinola and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, who is now the senior advisor to the Obama Foundation.
    Ms. Jarrett shares some of the formative experiences in her life: her childhood in Iran, England, and Chicago; her calling to public service; and her time in the Obama White House. She also provides her perspective on the role the business community can play in promoting social justice, and offers advice to future leaders.
    This conversation is part of the KPMG Peat Marwick/Stanley R. Klion Forum, hosted by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics. The series features leaders who are committed to resolving the major ethical, social, political, and economic challenges of our time. It was established in memory of the late Stanley R. Klion, the executive vice chairman and chief operating partner of Peat Marwick International and a longtime executive-in-residence at CBS. This forum is reflective of Mr. Klion’s ethical leadership style, and its goal is to encourage greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas faced by today’s leaders.
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    • 39 min

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