Leading Through Crisis: Lessons From Past US Presidents

While no U.S. president has faced a challenge quite like the current one, what do past commanders-in-chief have to teach us about leading through a crisis. Professor Bob Bruner shares findings of the leadership styles of past U.S. presidents that could inform the current moment for leaders at all levels as we navigate the difficult path ahead.

Why You’re Probably Hiring the Wrong People

Americans cherish the idea of the truly self-made man or woman. So why does an elite pedigree often win the day when it comes to hiring for the top jobs? What prevents managers from rewarding those who make the leap from one social class to another, and more importantly, what are we missing when we favor the well born?

Disruptive Technologies and the Fight Against Climate Change

Business has the tools to solve the global climate crisis, but will business leaders have the will to drive the changes necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change?

Fortune 100 CEOs: What We Can Learn From Their Stories About Making It to the Top

How did CEOs of Fortune 100 companies come to helm the world’s largest businesses? And is there anything we can learn from their stories that might suggest lessons about how they made it to the top? Professor Kimberly Whitler looked into the education and career choices of every Fortune 100 CEO and made some surprising discoveries.

The High Stakes of the CEO as Public Face of Your Company

Not so long ago, CEOs were not the public face of their companies. But in the age of always-on media and the rise of superstar chief executives, CEOs must constantly give voice to the organizations they lead. Professor June West and Steve Soltis share what it takes for a CEO to succeed as a communicator.

Feeding a Growing Planet in a Warming Age: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry

Becky Duff discusses the largest sources of GHG emissions – livestock farming and soil management – and explores the best practices and technologies that support carbon-smart farming. She also discusses the levers and opportunities in more detail with Darden Professor Mike Lenox.

Entrepreneurship and the US Economy: Concerns and Implications

Sean Carr, executive director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, speaks with Professor John Haltiwanger from the University of Maryland, whose research has played a major role in our understanding the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction, firm dynamics and economic performance.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Manufacturing Sector

We focus on the three largest emitters of CO2 – steel, cement, and petrochemicals – and explore some of the ideas and technologies best positioned to decarbonize these industries, and the challenges faced for broader adoption. We then discuss the levers and opportunities in the industrial sector with Darden Professor Mike Lenox.

Decarbonizing the Electric Utility Industry

This podcast reviews four zero-carbon emission generation sources and technologies that could lead us into the clean energy future – hydropower, nuclear energy, wind, and solar. Followed by a discussion on levers and opportunities for solar and wind adoption .

Decarbonizing the Automobile Industry

This podcast tells the story of the electric car and the market conditions and innovations that have paved the way for electric cars today, followed with an interview with Darden Professor Mike Lenox, an expert in business innovation and strategy and co-author on the report titled Path to 2060: Decarbonization of the Automobile Industry.