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Crummer Connections: Webinar Series
Our in-person Crummer Connections events have been adapted into a webinar series to help alumni stay engaged and informed. We invite you to join us on a virtual journey of interesting, thought-provoking topics led by distinguished faculty and alumni from the Crummer community.
Stay tuned for our next webinar!
The recordings of our previous webinars can be found below.
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Tuesday, June 2
Economic Globalization Under Pandemic: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns
Dr. Dan Biller, Executive in Residence for Economics, discusses some implications of the 2020 pandemic for the global economy and globalization focusing on what is known and foreseeable risks. Using some of the available data, models and projections, he presents major policy interventions and discusses potential future outcomes for the short-to-medium run.
Prior to joining the Crummer faculty in 2019, Dr. Biller worked at World Bank Group where he held several managerial and technical positions. In his last position, he was the Manager of the Economics Unit in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, overseeing MIGA’s country and project risk assessment as well as the analysis of development impact.
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About Dan Biller, Ph.D.
Dan Biller joined the Crummer faculty in 2019 from the World Bank Group and teaches Economics. At the World Bank Group, he held several managerial and technical positions. In his last position, he was the Manager of the Economics Unit in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, overseeing MIGA’s country and project risk assessment as well as the analysis of development impact.
Prior to joining MIGA in 2013, Dr. Biller was the Sustainable Development Lead Economist for the World Bank’s South Asia Region, Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region, and Environment and Natural Resources Program Leader at the World Bank Institute. He was also a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and has taught at universities and worked with private sector and governments on infrastructure and mining/hydrocarbon regulatory issues while he was on the staff of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.
Dr. Biller has published extensively on topics such as economic development, natural resource and environmental economics, sustainable consumption, urban/rural linkages, infrastructure, climate change, and social development issues. He received his PhD and master’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in geophysics from the University of Kansas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Leading in the Age of Discontinuity with Dr. Keenan Yoho
Dr. Keenan Yoho, Professor of Operations Management, discusses some implications of the 2020 pandemic and methods for leading and managing during disruption as well as the implications of organizational structures and networks on performance.
An expert in supply chain and operations management, Dr. Yoho has spent more than a decade working in national security as well as an advisor to private U.S. and international organizations including IBM, General Motors, General Mills, Intel, and many more.
“At the Crummer Graduate School of Business, we are dedicated to the art and science of management and leadership. As a faculty member, I am committed to the development of our students and supporting them in their goals to advance and transform organizations for the purpose of improving the lives of others.” – Dr. Keenan Yoho
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About Keenan D. Yoho, Ph.D.
Dr. Keenan Yoho has spent more than a decade working with senior management leading change in both commercial and public sector environments. Dr. Yoho’s research and applied work is focused on supply chain cost modeling and operations management to achieve enterprise-wide outcomes under conditions of uncertainty and resource scarcity.
Dr. Yoho served as Senior Special Advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2012 to 2014. During this time Dr. Yoho worked with a special team reporting directly to the Commander, USSOCOM that was charged with crafting and executing a plan for posturing special operations forces (SOF) for the next three decades. Dr. Yoho has advised several U.S. and international organizations to include IBM (semiconductors), General Motors (autos), General Mills (foods), Intel (semiconductors), Rockwell Automation (machine automation), BASF (chemicals –Germany, US and Mexico), Merck, KGaA (chemicals – Germany), Ryerson (steel processing & distribution), Qualcomm (designer/supplier telecommunications technology), and Polioles SA de CV (chemicals – Mexico), the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Transportation Command in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, continuous improvement and organizational transformation.
Prior to joining the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Dr. Yoho was an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California where he led projects to improve the operational effectiveness of the U.S. military during war. Dr. Yoho was recently an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he received 4 consecutive teaching awards including the School’s highest award for excellence in teaching and impact beyond the classroom. Dr. Yoho has published in the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, and the Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Dr. Yoho holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management, M.B.A. in Operations Management, and M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism from Temple University.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Leadership in Crisis with Dan Cockerell '01MBA
Great leaders shine and inspire during difficult times and are prepared, poised, and positive. Please join the entire Rollins worldwide community for an educational and motivating discussion on leadership and inspiration with Dan Cockerell ’01MBA. Learn how we can motivate ourselves and our teams from a distance, and how we can lead effectively through this crisis and any moving forward. Drawing on his 26 year career at Walt Disney World, Dan has addressed and delivered keynote speeches to companies around the world. His experience in building and cultivating great culture combined with his ability to lead teams of all shapes and sizes, are relevant to all of us during these challenging times.
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About Dan Cockerell '01MBA
Dan attended Boston University, graduating in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. An avid rugby player, he was selected for the 1990 and 1991 USA Collegiate All-American Rugby team and was Captain for the 1991 team.
Upon graduation from Boston University in 1991, Dan moved to Florida and worked as a parking attendant at Disney’s Epcot Center. Subsequently, he joined the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program, as part of the opening team.
While in France, he held various management positions in Park Operations. He and his wife Valerie, who was also with Disneyland Paris, were married in France and spent five years there before moving back to Orlando in 1997.
Since that time, Dan has held various executive operations roles at the Walt Disney World Resort, both in the theme parks and resort hotels, and retired as the Vice President of the Magic Kingdom where he led 12,000 cast members and entertained over 20 million guests annually.
He earned his MBA in 2001 at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Dan was a keynote speaker for the world-renowned Disney Institute for 18 years. He has addressed open-enrollment participants as well as attendees in customized programs including the USAA Bank, General Motors, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, the Southern Methodist University Business School, Porsche A.G., and United Airlines.
He also participated in the Sodexo Quality Life Worldwide Conference Panel, moderated by Arianna Huffington, in 2015. He served on the board of Junior Achievement of Central Florida from 2004 to 2018, and was Chairman in 2010.
After a fulfilling and exciting 26-year career with the Walt Disney Company, Dan and Valerie made the decision to set out on a new venture and start their own consulting and speaking business.
Dan provides customized, authentic presentations, insightful workshops and one on one coaching, focusing on leadership and management practices drawing upon his extensive Disney career with relevant examples and inspiring storytelling.