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Center for the Future of Management


Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce: Lessons from an Industry Pioneer in China

Executive-in-Residence Peggy Yu (MBA '92), Co-founder and Executive Chairwoman of, in a fireside chat with Alumni Council Chair Tony Watkins (MBA '11), Director of Global Partnerships at Google

October 23, 2023
Doors open / reception begins at 5:00 p.m.
Fireside chat from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
Reception from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Peggy Yu is the Co-founder and Executive Chairwoman of, a prominent e-commerce company in China. She started the company in 2000 and grew it into the largest online bookseller in China before taking it public on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2010. Born in Chongqing, China, Yu graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Branch Campus of Beijing Foreign Language Institute in 1986. She later obtained an MBA from NYU Stern.  Yu has won numerous awards, including recognition as one of the 10 Most Influential Businesswomen in Asia by The Wall Street Journal in 2006 and one of the 10 Best Women CEOs by China Entrepreneur Magazine in 2018.

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Shannon K. O'Neil on The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter (Book Talk)

April 11, 2023
6:00pm-7:00pm EST

Shannon K. O'Neil joins NYU Stern's Steven Altman for a virtual "fireside chat" about her new book, The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter (Yale University Press, October 2022), which chronicles the rise of three main global manufacturing and supply chain hubs and what they mean for U.S. economic competitiveness.

Dr. O'Neil is the vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on trade, globalization, industrial policy, and the Americas, and has taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Before turning to policy, Dr. O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital and Credit Lyonnais Securities. Her first book was Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Dr. O'Neil holds a BA from Yale University, an MA in international relations from Yale University, and a PhD in government from Harvard University. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation.

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NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams on Basketball and Business Development Across Africa

March 7, 2023
3:00pm-4:00pm EST

Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa, joins NYU Stern Prof. Sinziana Dorobantu for a fireside chat about basketball in Africa and the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s growth strategy in the region. As CEO of NBA Africa, Williams oversees the NBA's basketball and business development initiatives in Africa and is responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball and the NBA across the continent through grassroots development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, the growth of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), and more.

Prior to joining the NBA in August 2020, Williams served for five years as the Executive Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Africa Regions, for Standard Bank Group, where he oversaw the strategy, execution and financial performance for Standard Bank’s business with corporate, sovereign and institutional investor clients in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Williams has also served on the boards of publicly-listed companies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Nigeria, and Kenya.

Williams is a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and the U.S. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in applied math and economics from Brown University. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2021 by New African Magazine.

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Feb 27 - Book Talk: A More Just Future

February 27, 2023
12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Join award-winning Stern professor, psychologist, and author Dolly Chugh in conversation with Stern's beloved Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Victor Mullins as they look at the emotional relationship we have with our country and its complicated past. Dolly will spotlight actionable stories and science from her latest book, A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change, most recently featured in the Wall Street Journal's 2022 Year in Review section. Known for her vulnerable, funny, and compassionate voice, Dolly will introduce what it means to be a “gritty patriot" offering attendees hope, resilience, and an emotional toolkit.

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Nov 30 - How Radically Human Technology Is Shaping the Future of Work & Business

November 30, 2022
12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Digital technologies from the blockchain to the metaverse are rapidly advancing at a time when enterprises face more pressure than ever. In this era of compressed transformation, human behaviors and intelligence are informing the design of new machines, and everything we know about how innovation and strategy is impacting the workplace and workforce is being turned upside down.

H. James (Jim) Wilson, Accenture Technology leader and co-author of Radically Human, will reveal how business leaders can flip the script on basic business fundamentals and use an actionable IDEAS framework (Intelligence, Data, Expertise, Architecture, Strategy) to approach innovation in a completely new way. He’ll share examples of how organizations are using human-centric technologies to transform their human capabilities and the workplace by differentiating themselves along four key dimensions: talent, trust, experiences, and sustainability.

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Nov 17 - NYU CFM- LMU ISTO: Book Talk The New Goliaths

November 17, 2022
12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Historically, competition has powered progress under capitalism. Companies with productive new products rise to the top, but sooner or later, other companies come along with better innovations and disrupt the threat of monopoly. Dominant companies like Walmart, Citibank, and Google argue that this process of “creative destruction” prevents them from becoming too powerful or entrenched. In his book The New Goliaths, James Bessen argues that this is no longer the case. Instead, capitalist competition has fundamentally changed thanks to a new generation of information technology.

James Bessen, an economist and technologist, serves as Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company. Bessen studies the major economic impacts of technology on society (see New York Times profile), writing academic papers, magazine articles, and books. His latest book, The New Goliaths (Yale 2022), argues that major firms’ investments in proprietary software systems have allowed them to increase their dominance of industries, slowing aggregate innovation and raising income inequality. ***A recording of this event is available.***

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Nov 1 - The Global Challenge of Feeding the World with Dave MacLennan, Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill

November 1, 2022
2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Dave MacLennanCargill Board Chair and CEO, joins University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Prof. Myles Shaver for a virtual “fireside chat” on the state of the global food system and the roles Cargill plays as a global industry leader. Mr. MacLennan will share insights from his 30+ years at Cargill, including the past 9 years at its helm, outlining key global trends and how issues such as sustainability, innovation, and geopolitics relate to the global food system. Mr. MacLennan will also touch on lessons learned from growing and managing a global company.

Cargill’s operations span the global food supply’s entire value chain, connecting farmers and producers to customers in foodservice, retail, consumer packaged goods, and industrials with insights, manufacturing and production, and logistics.  Mr. MacLennan is Cargill’s 9th CEO since the company’s founding in 1865. ***A recording of this event is available.***

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Oct 25 - Virtual Fireside Chat on Global Leadership and the Future of International Logistics with Mike Parra

October 25, 2022
6:00pm-7:00pm ET

DHL Express Americas CEO Mike Parra joins NYU Stern's Steven Altman for a virtual "fireside chat" on Global Leadership and the Future of International Logistics. Parra will share insights from his 25+ years in the logistics industry and his experience leading a regional management team within one of the world's most global corporations. Specific topics discussed will range from career and leadership insights to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical tensions, sustainability imperatives, and emerging technologies on the global logistics industry. Parra will also take questions from our audience during the final part of the session.

Oct 6 - NYU CFM- LMU ISTO Panel on Business Dynamism & Entrepreneurship

October 6, 2022
12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Over the past 40 years we’ve witnessed declining business entry rates in the US economy. Does this also imply a decline in entrepreneurship? What explains the drop in business entry rates? What policies, in the US and EU, can help address declining entry rates? Join us as we hear from Ronnie Chatterji, Karen Mills and Javier Miranda on this topic.

Ronnie Chatterji serves as Chief Economist of the Department of Commerce. In this role, Chatterji serves as the principal economic adviser to the Secretary of Commerce and is responsible for developing policy related to U.S. competitiveness, labor markets, supply chains, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Ronnie is on leave from his position as the Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor of Business and Public Policy at Duke University.

Karen Mills is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School. She served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009 until 2013. Karen’s research interests include fintech, innovation policy, and the supply chain economy.

Javier Miranda is Deputy Head of the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). Prior to joining IWH, Javi was Principal Economist at the U.S. Census Bureau. Javi’s research focuses on entrepreneurship, business dynamism, job creation and productivity growth. ***A recording of this event is available.***

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June 16 - NYU CFM- LMU ISTO Panel on Superstar Firms and Innovation

June 16, 2022
11:00am-12:00pm EST

Over the past decade we’ve witnessed the growth of so-called “Superstar Firms” in the economy. Is this good for innovation? What will be the impact of recent policies proposed and passed in the EU, UK and USA on these firms and on innovation? Join us as we hear from Tommaso Valletti and John Van Reenen on this topic.

Tommaso Valletti is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics & Public Policy at Imperial College London. He is a Non-Executive Director to the board of the Financial Conduct Authority. He is the Director of the CEPR Research and Policy Network on Competition Policy. He was the Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission between 2016 and 2019.

John Van Reenen is Ronald Coase School Professor at the London School of Economics and Digital Fellow, Initiative for the Digital Economy at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). He was the 2009 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (the European equivalent of the Clark Medal); the Arrow Prize (2011); the European Investment Bank Prize (2014), and the HBR-McKinsey Award (2018). He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society, the NBER, CEPR and the Society of Labor Economists. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for “services to public policy and economics” by the Queen.

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May 3 - CFM-FOWO Panel on the Future of Workforce Engagement

May 3, 2022
12:00pm-1:00pm EST


How has workforce engagement changed over the past few years? What are employers doing to attract and retain high quality talent? Join us as we hear from two experts: Julia Lamm, Partner at PWC, and Aiwa Shirako, lead of Google's People Innovation Lab.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Future of Management and the Future of Work & Organizations Initiative.

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April 13 - Paypal CEO Dan Schulman in conversation with NYU Stern Dean Raghu Sundaram (Joint Event with Fintech Initiative, Fubon Center for Technology, Business & Innovation)

April 13, 2022
6:00-7:00pm EST

Dan Schulman is focused on democratizing and transforming financial services and e-commerce to improve the financial health of billions of people, families and businesses around the world. With extensive experience in payments and mobile technology, he is leading PayPal to reimagine how people move and manage money, and how merchants and consumers interact and transact. Under his leadership, PayPal has been named as one of the top companies on JUST Capital and Forbes’ JUST 100 list, featuring “companies doing right by America.” PayPal has also been recognized as a Fortune Change the World company for its work to tackle the biggest challenges facing society today.

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NYU CFM-LMU ISTO Panel on The Organizational Economics of AI

April 7, 2022
12:00-1:00PM EST

Firms are increasingly using AI in a variety of areas including recruiting, evaluation, sales & marketing and others. What are the tradeoffs involved when using AI for these business needs? How is the use of AI changing how firms do business? Are new business models required? What is the role of governments and regulators?

Daron Acemoglu is an Institute Professor at MIT. His work covers a wide range of areas, including political economy, economic development, economic growth, technological change, inequality, labor economics and economics of AI. Jacques Bughin is the retired director of the McKinsey Global Institute. He currently serves as Professor at the Solvay School of Economics and Management, and advises multiple companies on topics related to AI, ICT, sustainability and other topics. Raffaella Sadun is Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Sadun's research focuses on managerial and organizational drivers of productivity and growth in both the private and public sector.

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BWLN Book Talk: Right Within and Inclusion on Purpose

March 22, 2022

Please join NYU Law's Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and NYU Stern's Center for the Future of Management for a discussion on the challenges women of color face in the workplace and how the workplace needs to change, featuring Minda Harts, author of the recently published Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace and Ruchika Tulshyan, author of Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work (February 2022).

*Minda Harts, CEO and Founder, The Memo, LLC; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Author, Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace
*Ruchika Tulshyan, Inclusion Strategist; Author, Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work
*Dr. Lisa Coleman, PhD (moderator), Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, New York University.

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Virtual Fireside Chat on Technology Trends in 2022 with Francis Hintermann

March 2, 2022

Accenture Research’s Francis Hintermann joins NYU Stern Professor and Vice Dean J.P. Eggers for a virtual discussion about Accenture Research’s Tech Vision 2022. Their discussion will cover new technologies, including Metaverse, 5G, AI/ML, Cloud and others, and how these technologies affect the relationship between humans and machines. 

Francis Hintermann is the Global Managing Director of Accenture Research, a team of 300 researchers based in 20 countries around the world. In this role, Francis is responsible for shaping and delivering the Thought Leadership agenda of Accenture, an IT professional services firm with over 500,000 employees worldwide.

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Virtual Fireside Chat on Covid-19 and the Future of Global Trade with Caroline Freund

February 15, 2022

Caroline Freund, Dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, joins Steven Altman, Director of NYU Stern's DHL Initiative on Globalization, for a virtual "fireside chat" on Covid-19 and the Future of Global Trade. Dr. Freund will shed light on the growth of global value chains and how Covid-19 is affecting international trade. She will also discuss surprising research findings on how natural disasters and 3D printing have impacted trade flows. Dr. Freund's research challenges common presumptions about the future of global trade, with powerful implications for decision-makers in the business and public policy spheres.

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Virtual Fireside Chat on Evolutionary Processes and Organizational Adaptation with Daniel A. Levinthal

December 15, 2021

Wharton Professor Daniel A. Levinthal joins NYU Stern Professor Christina Fang for a virtual "fireside chat" to share insights and answer questions from his new book Evolutionary Processes and Organizational Adaptation: A Mendelian Perspective on Strategic Management. In this book, Professor Levinthal describes how executives can strategically position their organizations for uncertain future competitive environments, not with a “crystal ball” but by orchestrating a diverse set of initiatives within their organizations.

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Virtual Fireside Chat with Penn Prof. Diana C. Mutz

Thursday, November 4, 2021
2:00pm to 3:00pm

University of Pennsylvania Prof. Diana C. Mutz joins NYU Stern's Steven Altman for a virtual "fireside chat" to share insights from her new book Winners and Losers: The Psychology of Foreign Trade. Prof Mutz's research challenges conventional wisdom about what drives public opinion on international trade, identifying psychological factors that shape trade policy preferences and showing how understanding public opinion can lead to lasting economic and societal benefits.
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Joint Panel: NYU Stern’s CFM and NYU Abu Dhabi’s CITIES

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

NYU Stern’s CFM and NYU Abu Dhabi’s CITIES present a joint panel on post-pandemic job opportunities in cities.
This event will feature NYU Stern professors Ashish Bhatia and Arpit Gupta.

Please email Prof. Rob Seamans ( for additional details (registration link will be available closer to the event date)

Virtual Fireside Chat with Wharton Prof. Mauro F. Guillén + Sinziana Dorobantu

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Prof. Mauro F. Guillén will join NYU Stern Professor Sinziana Dorobantu to share insights and answer questions from his new book 2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything. He will relate this new work to his foundational research on globalization. Prof. Guillén's research agenda addresses both how companies internationalize and how globalization affects patterns of organization and the diffusion of innovations and crises. Guillén is the Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain.

Registration is required. Capacity is limited and attendance is on a "first come, first served" basis.

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3rd Annual AI in Strategic Management Workshop

Friday, March 19, 2021
9:00am to 2:00pm

We have four junior faculty who will present early stage research in this workshop:
Tania Babina (Columbia), Hyunjin Kim (INSEAD), Arianna Marchetti (LBS), Yash Shretha (ETH Zurich).

Please email Prof. Rob Seamans ( for more details.

Virtual Fireside Chat + Q&A with John Pearson and Raghu Sundaram

Thursday, March 4, 2021
11:00am to 12:00pm

DHL Express CEO John Pearson joins NYU Stern Dean Raghu Sundaram in a "fireside chat" to inaugurate the DHL Initiative on Globalization Speaker Series at NYU Stern's new Center for the Future of Management. Pearson will share insights and lessons from his 35 years in the logistics industry and his rise to the top of the world's most global express logistics business. Prior to his appointment as CEO of DHL Express in January 2019, Pearson served in leadership roles within the company in the Middle East, Oceania, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. His career has also spanned the functions of sales, marketing, and general management.  After a lively conversation spanning topics from career insights to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on global trade, John Pearson will answer questions from our audience.

Registration is required. Capacity is limited and attendance is on a "first come, first served" basis.

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Cambodia and the State of Globalization in 2020

Free Webinar
Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia
Date and Time: December 22, 2020 at 9AM local time in Cambodia (December 21, 2020 at 9PM EST)
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Event Description:
Steven A. Altman and Phillip Bastian of NYU Stern will present results of the newly released DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020, covering both the state of globalization during the Covid-19 pandemic and unique features of Cambodia's international flows. In this year's report, Cambodia ranked as the country whose international flows beat expectations by the widest margin. The co-authors will present for about 30 minutes and then answer audience questions. The report is available for free download here.   

Globalization Beyond 2020: Time for a Reset? (Panel Discussion)

Co-hosted by NYU Stern and DHL
Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM (EST)
This session was recorded.  Follow this link to watch the recording.  
Speakers / Panelists:
Catherine Mann, Global Chief Economist at Citibank
Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express 
Steven A. Altman, Senior Research Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business 
Moderator: Sarah Kelly, TV News Anchor and Journalist 

Panel Description:
The most severe pandemic in a century has not only caused a worldwide health crisis, it has also put globalization under great strain. But how have global flows actually been affected and what are the prospects for international trade and exchange?

This panel – hosted by DHL and the Initiative on Globalization at NYU Stern's Center for the Future of Management – will look at how the events in 2020 have impacted international business, and will discuss their implications for years to come. It will explore the resilience of global supply chains and the extent to which international connectedness can help us mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

In the future, will we see a fragmenting world order and a fracturing global economy? Or is there still more room for globalization? How will international flows change as people, companies and countries find new ways to do business with one another? Is globalization adapting to the new challenges or does it need a reset? What should we change and what should we reinforce to foster a healthier, more prosperous and more resilient world.