Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring brings much activity to School of Business

The snow is beginning to melt on Mount Oread, and the School of Business is in the middle of one of its busiest semesters yet. 

School hosts academics, executives at China conference

Stephen Chipman, Grant Thornton LLP CEO, delivers China conference keynote
Just last week we hosted top executives and academics at our international business conference, “China Emerged: Rethinking Your Global Strategy,” at KU Edwards Campus. The day-long event covered key issues facing global companies and their strategies in, and doing business with, China. We were honored to welcome Grant Thornton LLP CEO Stephen Chipman as the conference keynote, and we featured a rock star list of panelists, including AMC Theatres CEO Gerry Lopez, INVISTA CEO Jeff Gentry and a representative from the US-China Business Council. Be sure to peruse our Facebook page for photos from the conference.

KU alumnus brings Nobel laureate to campus

KU alumnus David Booth and Nobel laureate Robert C. Merton
Last month, we welcomed Nobel laureate Robert C. Merton to campus for a Bold Aspirations lecture. He was joined by KU alumnus David Booth, who presented a response to his talk on financial innovation and the future of retirement investments. Even Governor Brownback was present to learn more from this world-famous financial economist. We’ve posted photo highlights from Merton’s lecture online.

As you can see, we’re hosting a number of exciting, enriching events this semester, and the next few months will prove to be even busier. Many of these opportunities are only possible because of KU’s passionate alumni network, for which I am so grateful and humbled, and their commitment to the School of Business and its students. Thank you for all you do in making the KU School of Business a great place to learn.

Rock Chalk,

Neeli Bendapudi
Dean, KU School of Business

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