DePaul University’s Economics & Strategy Podcast is a monthly conversation with individuals who use frameworks discussed in Economics and Business Strategy & Decision Making. The interviewees will represent multiple industries and institutions, and hold various roles within their organizations. The premise of the podcast is to examine how economics and other related strategy frameworks are practically applied in real-world situations.
Bradley Lerner, Equipment International
In this episode, we are joined by DePaul MBA Alumnus and COO of Equipment International, Bradley Lerner. In Feb 2020, Bradley had recently stepped into his role as the operations leader for a Chicago based firm that sells and services industrial laundry solutions. He began surveying the lay of the land and developing a strategic plan… and then the lockdowns began. One year later, Bradley talks with us about his experience balancing the responsibilities of crisis manager and strategic leader.
Tom Lubinski, adidas
In this episode we are joined by DePaul Triple Demon Tom Lubinski, Product Manager at adidas. As you might expect from the competitive nature of sports, the sports apparel industry is similarly competitive. Jobs at firms are coveted by sports lovers, so high performance expectations tend to be intrinsically built into company cultures. This permeates into the everlasting chase of identifying new trends across cultures, sports, and market segments, which must be drilled down into the products Tom builds.
Kirsten Alhen, Alhen Consulting
In this last episode of 2020, we speak with Double Demon, Kirsten Ahlen. Kirsten is a musician turned consultant that specializes in strategic management for Associations. She talks with me about the interesting industry landscape for Associations as well as the challenges of creating differentiated value. Associations have been forced to adopt technology solutions a much quicker pace as the industry begins to accept that our definition of normal is quickly becoming thing of the past.
Brian Raff, American Institute of Steel Construction
Steel Construction is at the heart of infrastructure level projects. Brian Raff speaks with me about how his industry works with firms and governments to advocate for legislation that achieves its intended purpose while still encouraging a level playing field. Brian talks with us about growing environmental awareness that has led to a more regulated steel construction industry. He describes how his industry is supportive of legislative goals, some misconceptions about steel, and about areas of innovation.
Dan Ludovisi, Sargent & Lundy
The energy industry is a complex network of power production, distribution, and delivery that cooperates across boundaries to support both our present and future economies. Dan Ludovisi, Mechanical Engineering Manager & Consultant with Sargent & Lundy, talks with me about the challenges faced by our society as we recognize the importance of moving toward to sustainable energy sources while our overall demand steadily increases. There’s no quick fix, but there are some interesting disruptions on the horizo
Maggie McHenry, Florence Crittenton Services
Maggie McHenry is the Director of Development at Florence Crittenton Services, a nonprofit that supports teen mothers & their children. Maggie describes how she approaches strategy from a nonprofit perspective while leveraging the frameworks that might seem more suited to for-profits. There are differences between these two models, but the underlying purpose of strategy remains the same: Find a unique & sustainable way to create and capture value in a challenging industry & dynamic competitive landscape.