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This March, Columbia University School of Professional Studies is hosting a series of multidisciplinary conversations where faculty, practitioners and alumni in their respective fields of study and professional practice examine a number of key issues that affect business and commerce, science and technology, governance, culture, and society today. Current lecturers, alumni and guest speakers share current experiences from the field and findings from in-depth academic research and offer the audience a window into theory and practice in important professional and professional arenas. These conversations are essential for anyone looking to advance or change their career. The series culminates in a school-wide open day, where participants and prospective students can find out more about the course content and the application process for M.S. and M.P.S. as well as summer offers, certificates, postgraduate courses and other academic offers from the School of Professional Studies.

Building blocks for sustainability

Monday, March 8, 6 pm-6:45 pm ET | With faculty & alumni of building administration, sustainability management and sustainability science

Metropolitan regions are characterized by their complex interaction between technology and people, nature and culture with incoming and outgoing energy, water, resource and material flows. They account for 70% of global GDP and an even greater proportion of greenhouse gas emissions and waste. New technologies, newly configured supply chains, transportation networks, architectural and technical solutions and other trends are changing the way we think about sustainability and adaptation to climate change at a strategic and local level. Today more than ever, sustainability is an essential and strategic value driver that safeguards the needs of the present without endangering the security and prosperity of future generations. We aim to meet this need by contributing to holistic perspectives and interdisciplinary conversations that explore the ideas and building blocks for a more sustainable and equitable built environment.

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Decision-making about playing time during times of disruption

Thursday, March 11, 6 pm-6:45 pm ET | With faculty and alumni for human capital management and information and knowledge strategy

The challenges for managers to make smart decisions under pressure are enormous. The global pandemic has disrupted the economy, human capital and the supply chain; technological innovations in the areas of 5G, AI and automation create opportunities and increased competition in equal measure; and the widespread demand for more social justice leads to tremendous change and new opportunities.

In this conversation, practitioners, lecturers and alumni from two SPS programs exchange ideas and provide insights into which conditions, structures and strategies can be used to promote intelligent, productive and successful decisions: be it through logistics, planning and foresight; through a better understanding of psychology and prejudice; or through rational analysis of short and long term costs and benefits in a time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Respond to shock

Monday, March 15, 8: 00-8: 45 a.m. ET |With faculty and alumni ofActuarial and Enterprise Risk Management

Professionals involved in long-term financial planning must now recognize that in this time of increasing unpredictability, we expect the unexpected - be it natural disasters, sudden political upheavals, disruptions due to new technology or new government regulations. At the same time, AI, analytics, and behavioral economics make predictive modeling more sophisticated, accurate, and insightful than ever. With a rapidly growing technological toolkit, we are better able to analyze data, understand biases and play out possible futures to estimate costs, benefits and risks. In this conversation, SPS faculties and alumni take a look into the future of saving, investing and planning for individuals and employers who want to offset the pros and cons of a volatile, dynamic and unpredictable economy.

Building Equity for a Post-Pandemic World

Thursday, March 18, 6 pm-6:45 pm ET | With faculty and alumni ofNegotiation and conflict resolution, nonprofit management and strategic communication

As the year progressed, 2020 became short for loss, disruption, collective trauma, turmoil, and unpredictability as a global pandemic and deeply controversial election dominated American life. It was also a landmark year on the road to a more just society, with ongoing protests and calls for social and racial justice across the country. Now we have to move forward. In this conversation, thought leaders, educators, and practitioners consider specific steps individuals and institutions can take to heal a bitterly divided nation and discuss tools that can be developed and used to facilitate difficult but critical conversations in communities, workplaces , and over kitchen tables across the country.

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Racing With Vaccines: Dates, Narrations, and Ethics

Wednesday, March 24, 18: 15–19: 00 ET | With faculty and alumni for applied analytics, bioethics and narrative medicine

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The spread of COVID-19 has created a grueling timeframe for pharmaceutical companies, governments, and healthcare systems to develop and deploy life-saving therapies, guidelines, and protocols to combat the global pandemic. This urgency exacerbates profound social and ethical issues, particularly those related to the mass distribution of vaccines, which are being brought to market at an unprecedented rate. In this conversation, faculties of the Bioethics, Narrative Medicine and Applied Analytics courses deal with complex questions such as how we as a society make fair decisions, and how we use big data that is necessary to make drug and vaccine studies feasible, and at the same time evaluate it and can draw on the lived experiences of people whose stories provide valuable insights - especially in the case of COVID, a new type of pandemic.

Digitization and the relationship imperative

Thursday, March 25, 3: 00-3: 45 p.m. ET | With insurance management and asset management

Digitization has changed every industry and has created the expectation among consumers that almost all business can be done on demand, online and without direct human contact. Industries like wealth management and insurance, which have historically relied heavily on personal relationships, need to balance the efficiency of technology with the importance of a value-adding, customer-centric approach. The ability to achieve the right mix of technology and personal interaction will determine the industry leaders. In this interview, the lecturers of the Wealth Management and Insurance Management programs discuss the benefits of the digital revolution - especially with regard to the complex psychology of people and what influences their decisions.

Columbia University School of Professional Studies Open Day

Friday, March 26, 9: 00-13: 00 p.m.

Visit us to learn more about how Columbia University's School of Professional Studies can advance your career. Learn about our specialized Masters, Short Term Certificate Programs, and Post Baccalaureate Programs from our respected faculty, admissions team, and the many departments within SPS that support academic success.

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