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State of Northwest Arkansas Region, Business Analysis Set for Nov. 5

The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the eighth yearly State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Nov. 5.

The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, first published in 2011, will be shared at a luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees can arrive at 10:45 a.m. for networking.

Greg Pogue, left, and Mervin Jebaraj, right.
Greg Pogue, left, and Mervin Jebaraj, right.

Speakers will include Greg Pogue of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, which is a “think-and-do tank” that explores factors that promote economic development and creates programs to promote good business practices around the world, and economist Mervin Jebaraj, director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Pogue and his team at the IC2 Institute spent more than a year studying entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas. Pogue will share his final report, called “Innovate Again, Innovate Here,” at the luncheon. His Northwest Arkansas research and assessment was funded by the Walton Family Foundation.

Jebaraj will outline the economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for Business and Economic Research’s Quarterly Business Analysis. The report is widely viewed as one of the best measures of performances compared to peer regions such as Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; Provo, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

The cost for the program and luncheon is $45. Preregistration is required, and the deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. Reservations can be made for the luncheon at cber.uark.edu or by calling 479-575-4151.

Walton College to Host Retailing Thought Leadership Conference

The Sam M. Walton College of Business will host the Retailing Thought Leadership Conference on the University of Arkansas campus Oct. 11-12. Representatives from more than a dozen companies and nearly 20 colleges and universities will be on hand to share insights on the future of retail.

The National Retail Federation estimates that retail supports 42 million jobs, provides $1.6 trillion in labor income and contributes $2.6 trillion annually to U.S. GDP. The Retailing Thought Leadership Conference will feature retail industry leaders and scholarly experts presenting their views on what’s next for retail. The collaborative nature of the conference, aimed to establish ties between research and practice, will generate fresh topics for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Retailing.

The event will include several keynote speakers and conference breakout sessions. The breakout sessions are by invitation only, but students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the main program on Oct. 11.

Speakers for the main program of the conference include:

  • Cecilia Wu, vice president, customer science at Walmart
  • Erin Campbell, senior vice president at Saatchi & Saatchi X
  • Andres Mejia, vice president, Sam’s Club team lead at the Coca-Cola Company
  • John Karsberg, head of tests and insights at H&M
  • Suzanne Jervis, director, product insights and decision sciences at Sam’s Club
  • Rida Moustafa, distinguished data scientist at Walmart
  • Marcel Uphues, director of finance at Metro Group
  • Rand Waddoups, senior director, Omnichannel at Walmart
  • Renee Brandon, vice president, research and data at Field Agent
  • Tom Duncan, associate brand director at Proctor & Gamble

The event will be informative for students planning for careers in the retail industry involving various aspects such as omnichannel commerce, in-store marketing measurement, disruption through technology and retail formats of the future. Faculty, staff and students interested in these topics are encouraged to attend.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to sign up for the first day of the two-day event by using the Regular Registration button.

Conference sponsors include the Walton College and its Center for Retailing Excellence, the Retailing & Pricing special interest group of the American Marketing Association and the Retail Supply Chain Institute at Babson College.

Participating companies include Walmart, Sam’s Club, H&M, Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi X, ConAgra, Whyte Spyder, Dillard’s, J.M. Smucker, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Metro Group, Field Agent, Elateral, and more.

Participating colleges and universities include the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Babson College, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, ESCP Europe, Florida State University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Georgia State University, Indian School of Business, Loyola Marymount University, McGill University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rice University, Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Tilburg University, University of Bath, University of California, University of Houston, University of Muenster, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Texas, University of Tennessee, University of Tulsa, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Washington.

Registration is at the website of the Retailing Thought Leadership Conference. For more information, contact Dinesh Gauri, professor of marketing and Walmart Chair in Marketing, at dkgauri@uark.edu or (479) 575-3903.

Parker Selected as Walton College Employee of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Autumn Parker, director for Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment Management, has been named the 2018-2019 Employee of the Year for the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Along with Parker, nominees were Amy Moore, administrative specialist III for Outreach, Shannon Bullock, conference coordinator for the Conference Hub, and Alice Frizzell, assistant director for the Department of Information Systems Graduate Programs.

The winner of the award receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.

Walton Career Services Hosts Fall Events

Walton Career Services at the Sam M. Walton College of Business is kicking off the fall semester with tons of events for students applying for internships and full-time positions, developing a resume or learning about employers. Walton Career Services will host the following events this fall:

August Events:

  • Are you Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Corporate Comes to Campus: August 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

September Events:

  • Are you Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Walmart Career Fest: September 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Aldi Corporate Spotlight: September 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Google Comes to Campus: September 11-September 13
  • Walton Retail Career Day: September 12, 11 a.m. – 3:30 pm.
  • Resume Rescue: September 17 & 18
  • Pitched Perfect: September 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Diversity in the Workplace Panel: September 18, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Business Career Fair: September 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.

October Events:

  • Are you Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • capSpire – Company of the Day: October 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • USA Truck – Company of the Day: October 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Walmart Tech Week: October 7-11
  • Leggett & Platt – Company of the Day: October 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tech Careers in Startups: October 24, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Walmart Trivia Night: October 29, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

November Events:

  • Are you Ready? Pop-Up Shop: Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Verizon – Company of the Day: November 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • FIS – Company of the Day: November 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Shopper Marketing Panel: November 12, 4:30 pm. – 6 p.m.
  • S.A.M. Talk with Laura Phillips of Walmart: November 13, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Goosehead – Company of the Day: November 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For details and to register for events, visit Handshake at uark.joinhandshake.com. For information regarding Walton Career Services, visitwalton.uark.edu/career.

 

Frizzell Selected as Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Alice Frizzell, assistant director of the Department of Information Systems Graduate Programs, has been named employee of the fourth quarter by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Along with Frizzell, Karen McDowell, administrative support supervisor for the Department of Finance, and Sandra Cox Birchfield, administrative specialist for the Department of Marketing, were also nominated for their contributions to Walton College.

The winner receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, the assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.

Walton College Executive Education Fall Courses Announced

The Sam M. Walton College of Business Executive Education’s upcoming Fall 2019 programs are specifically designed to accelerate leadership objectives and hone business skills. Led by Walton College faculty and industry experts, the programs empower participants with skills and experiences to advance their career and enable them to make valuable contributions within the organization. Courses will take place in Little Rock at Walton College at 2nd & Main.

Fall executive educations courses include:

Innovative Supplier Relationship Management Practices
August 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$750

Supplier relationship management (SRM) and supplier enabled innovation (SEI) can enable your organization to maximize the value of your organization’s interaction with its key suppliers. SRM is a procurement approach that challenges you to manage your key suppliers to unlock value and stay competitive. Based on our research and experience, we have developed a roadmap and a toolkit for moving to best in class. This course unpacks the toolkit and supports participants in the development of a roadmap towards the frontier of best practices.
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The Power of Leadership
October 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

Leaders are expected to be both leaders and managers, which means they need to understand the difference between management authority and leadership influence. Based on the West Point model of leader development, we’ve seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence and their behavior as a leader. These inputs create organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy and extraordinary performance – all of which are hallmarks of a great organization.
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Leading with Emotional Intelligence
October 10, 2019
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$225

Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a strong commitment to personal values are integral to effective leadership. Leaders with these skills are keenly aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and they use those insights to lead, engage and empower those around them. This course will aid in developing EI skills to make a more significant impact on the participant’s organization and create a stronger leader.
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Introduction to Continuous Improvement
October 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

This course will introduce you to continuous improvement practices and teach you how to manage the process using the following tools: strategy development and deployment, loss identification, value stream mapping, process improvement, problem-solving, action planning, score carding and monthly results reviews.
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The Power of Effective Storytelling
October 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

Whether you’re trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between lackluster enthusiasm and a rallying cry. This course will teach participants the art and science of utilizing compelling storytelling as a strategic benefit for the organization and a leadership technique in business and personal conversations and presentations.
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Creating Value-Based Healthcare in a Patient-Centered World
November 6, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$75

The healthcare delivery system is a large, complex and sophisticated value creation chain. Successfully changing this highly interconnected system is difficult and time-consuming because the underlying problems are challenging to comprehend, the root causes are many, the solution is unclear and the relationships among issues, objectives and resolution are multifaceted. The terms patient-centered and value-based have become buzz words for payment and delivery reform in health care. The process of healthcare measures and patient safety indicators can be challenging, given the unique nuances of the healthcare delivery system. This course will examine the underlying healthcare problems using information, data and logic. Participants will become aware of critical challenges in streamlining healthcare and will be provided with tools to improve outcomes in business performance for their healthcare organizations.
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Captivating Audiences
November 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

Your professional reputation is reflected in your communications. This course will improve your interpersonal communications, business writing and public speaking skills and is designed for managers, directors and rising leaders who want to polish communication abilities to showcase leadership skills.
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Ethical Leadership
December 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

We expect leaders to do things right, but we also expect them to do the right thing. This is an expectation held by employees as well as customers and other stakeholders. Instructor Michael Hennelly uses his West Point ethical leadership teaching experience to highlight leaders who show ethical awareness, understand ethical reasoning and display ethical courage, creating stronger, more effective leaders. The course concludes with examples of real-world ethical challenges that attendees are invited to discuss, debate and resolve.
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Strategic Leadership
January 30, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$325

Strategic leadership is a unique model of leadership. Strategic leaders of organizations have different jobs than team leaders in organizations. We expect team leaders to win the day-to-day battles, but we hope strategic leaders will win the long-term war. Strategic leaders need to understand leadership, but they also need to understand strategy. The strategic leadership course uses examples from the world of military and corporate strategy to identify the essential tasks of strategic leaders. We have seen how great leaders develop influence based on their character, their competence, and their behavior. These inputs, in turn, generate organizational outcomes such as trust, positive emotional energy, and extraordinary performance, all of which are hallmarks of great organizations.
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Walton College Executive Education Creates Supplier Relationship Management Course

Remko Van Hoek, clinical professor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and an adviser to several companies on sourcing and procurement, will hold a supplier relationship management course in Little Rock on Wednesday, Aug. 21. This course is a great opportunity for procurement professionals who interface with or manage suppliers to learn a procurement approach to unlock value and stay competitive. Continue reading Walton College Executive Education Creates Supplier Relationship Management Course