As we celebrate 100 years of business classes at OWU, this Sagan National Colloquium explores how the liberal arts contributes to the best business ideas, and how business can empower students working across the disciplines to pursue what they love and create positive social change.

Tentative Schedule

February 10 – Widen Your Lens: Why MBAs Need Mellville and Startups Need Shelley

Dr. Robert Lloyd, a management professor at Fort Hays State University, discusses why he incorporates classic literature into his business classes and how students and business leaders can train themselves to use literature as a source of insight and competitive advantage.
This event will be virtual.

February 16 – Business and the American Landscape

Dr. Ted Steinberg, a history professor at Case Western University and author of Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History, will discuss how business has shaped the United States’ physical landscape historically, and today.
This event will be virtual.

February 18 – Purpose, Profit, and the Responsibility of Business

Dr. Alex Edmans, a Finance Professor at London Business School and the author of Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, will discuss the role of business in today's society. Business is often accused of degrading the environment and exploiting both workers and consumers. It is also frequently called upon to prioritize consumers' concerns about issues such as climate change, equity, and diversity. But can business realistically serve a social purpose and deliver a profit too?
This event will be virtual.

March 2 – Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: Current Practice and Ethical Considerations

Jim Sterne, author of Artificial Intelligence for Marketing, will discuss how AI is being used in business today, and what ethical questions business leaders must consider as they implement AI tools.
This event will be virtual.

March 18 – Racial Integration in Corporate America

Dr. Jennifer Delton, a history professor at Skidmore College and author of Racial Integration in Corporate America, will discuss how some businesses led the way in creating an integrated society in the era before the Civil Rights Act.
This event will be virtual.

March 23 - The Detroit Hustle: Creating New Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Courtney McCluney, an Organizational Behavior professor at Cornell University, discusses her research into black women entrepreneurs in Detroit. She explores why their “Detroit Hustle” mindset is a necessary part of their approach to work, and what it could mean for entrepreneurs and communities across the country if we all began thinking differently about what entrepreneurs in resource-constrained environments need to succeed.
This event will be virtual.

March 25 – Faith and Work

Dr. Miroslav Volf, a professor of Theology at Yale University and author of Work in the Spirit discusses what religion has to teach us about the role of work in our lives and what it means to work well.
This event will be virtual.

March 29 – Women in Entrepreneurship

A panel of female entrepreneurs discusses the opportunities and challenges of being a female entrepreneur.
This event will be virtual.

April 7 – Nature-Inspired Innovation: How Biomimicry Can Lead to Radical Business and Sustainability Advancements

Jared Yarnall-Schane, Entrepreneurship Director for the Biomimicry Institute, discusses how studying biology and other natural sciences can lead to business breakthroughs.
This event will be virtual.

April 22 – Billy Vickers: Building One of the Largest Black-Owned Businesses in the Nation

Modular Assembly Innovations founder and CEO, Billy Vickers, discusses how his philosophy of servant leadership and seeking a diversity of perspectives has helped him build one of the largest black-owned companies in the country.
This event will be virtual.

May 4 – Manage Like a Coach

Dr. Jay Martin, OWU soccer coach and professor of Health and Human Kinetics, discusses what his coaching philosophy has to teach managers in the world of business.
This event will be virtual.

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Delaware, OH 43015

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