Lifelong Learning

The School of Business is dedicated to providing lifelong learning opportunities for our alumni throughout their life and career journey. Our topics often expand across industries, career paths, identities, and personal growth goals. If there is a topic that you would like to learn more about or if you would like to facilitate a webinar or lifelong learning opportunity for alumni, contact us as sbalumni@wfu.edu.

Audit a Class*

School of Business alumni have the opportunity to return to campus and audit a class from their degree program (MBA, MSA, MSBA, or MSM). Alumni may enroll on a space-available basis and with permission of the relevant Associate Dean and course instructor. Interested alumni should contact that Graduate Student Academic Services office at SBGSAS@wfu.edu for more information regarding availability and rates. *Classroom capacity is among the greatest challenges imposed by strict adherence to 6-foot social distancing guidance during the time of COVID-19. As we seek to lessen the population density in our classrooms, we are temporarily suspending the option for alumni to audit a class. We look forward to resuming this lifelong learning feature in the future.

Distinguished Speakers Series

View our dynamic library of remarkable industry leaders sharing insights and experiences to enrich your perspective and knowledge base:

Digital Biz Deac Events Archive

Browse the video archive below previously recorded webinars and virtual events, or visit our events calendar to view upcoming lifelong learning opportunities:

Tuesday, December 15 | Can Corporate Learning Be a Strategic Enabler for Success Post COVID?
A deeper look at well-designed and deployed corporate learning.

Wednesday, December 9 | Holding onto Hope: Legal and Faith-based Responses to Cries for Social Transformation
Faculty at the Schools of Law and Divinity share their insights to how practitioners of law and people of faith can prepare to engage the work of social, legal, and policy reform.

Tuesday, December 8 | Crafting a Career Change: A Conversation with WFU Alumni
Learn from alumni who have used networking, graduate school, and an intentional sabbatical to identify “what’s next.” They share their strategies to plan for and make a change.

Sunday, December 3 | Gratitude in a Season of Uncertainty
Wake Washington Executive Director Jennifer Richwine (’93) shares why a habit of gratitude matters, how to be grateful in hard times, how to go into this very different holiday season with gratitude in mind.

Wednesday, December 2 | Q&A with Employer Relations
Mercy Eyadiel, AVP/Chief Corporate Engagement Officer, and Stuart Mease, Executive Director for Employer Relations, discuss trends in the job market, insights they’re hearing from recruiters, and ways you can make yourself stand out as a job candidate.

Wednesday, December 2 | Hanesbrands Marketing Panel
Alumni Matt Waterman (MBA ’02), Vice President & General Manager Champion Athleticwear, and Jacob Horvat (MBA ’18), Senior Manager Amazon eCommerce Sales and Digital Marketing, share their insights regarding marketing, product development and retail resiliency.

Thursday, November 19 | Excel Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts
Learn how to take large tables of data and create reports and charts that display only the data and calculations you want to see.

Friday, November 13 | African Americans in Business Affinity Group Happy Hour
Tiffany Waddell Tate, Career Coach & Talent Development Consultant, leads the session, “Self-Care Means Business: Prioritizing Wellbeing for Personal & Career Success”.

Thursday, November 12 | Women in Business Affinity Group Happy Hour
Kristin Beck, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Charlotte facilitates a discussion on women empowerment, career pivoting, community engagement, virtual networking and more.

Thursday, November 12 | Excel Filtering and Sorting Lists
Explore the different ways to work with your lists of data. Discover the power of Flash Fill to format your data. Learn different techniques for filtering and sorting to make your data easier to read and manipulate.

Tuesday, November 3 | Evidenced-Based Solutions to Advance Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
Learn actionable insights from Science of Diversity & Inclusion-affiliated research that can lead to improved diversity & inclusion outcomes for business leaders.

Thursday, October 29 | Finance and Banking Affinity Group Happy Hour
Panelists share their experiences in finance and banking with MBA students and alumni in a virtual networking event.

Wednesday, October 28 | Leveraging LinkedIn
Understand the key parts of the LinkedIn profile and how to use the powerful tools available to you.

Wednesday, October 28 | Media Bias in America: Have We Reached the Breaking Point?
Learn how our society and business community can continue to function with perceived media bias looming behind every action and decision.

Thursday, October 22 | Excel: Using Formulas and Functions
Learn the quickest way to create a formula and the difference between a formula and function. Find the fast way to search and use a function. Get familiar with cell references and the importance of absolute vs. relative references.

Thursday, October 22 | Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Discussion
Ronnie Bryant, Founder of Ronnie L. Bryant, LLC, leads a discussion on Race in America: The Tough Conversation.
Warning: this program contains explicit and profane language that may be offensive.

Wednesday, October 21 | Will My Vote Count? Securing the 2020 Election
The security of the U.S. election system is on the minds of many Americans, with early voting beginning and mail-in ballots arriving in mailboxes in many states across the country. Panelists address just how secure is this election, and what is being done to protect against foreign interference, hacking and cyber-attacks.

Thursday, October 15 | A Conversation about Leadership
An inspiring and engaging leadership conversation with distinguished business leaders and alumni.

Thursday, October 15 | Marketing, Sales and Business Development Affinity Group Happy Hour
Panelists share their experiences in marketing, sales and business development with MBA students and alumni in a virtual networking event.

Tuesday, October 13 | Sports: Power and Money in a New Age of Social Justice
The impact of COVID-19 on professional and college sports extends far beyond the many millions of dollars of lost revenue and employment that sports teams generate.

Monday, October 12 | Using LinkedIn as a Professional Networking Tool
Teddy Burris of Burris Consulting shares his expertise as a LinkedIn Consultant and Coach.

Wednesday, October 7 | Resilience, Reflection, and Reality Checks
Between COVID, working from home, and job losses, we’re all dealing with a lot of stress and trauma right now. Learn strategies you can use to make sense of where you are and keep moving forward.

Wednesday, October 7 | Celebrating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Wake Forest Law Dean Jane Aiken and Dean Emerita Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) discusses the Law school’s enduring relationship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Monday, October 5 | Exploring LatinX in the Workplace
Learn from alumni Diego Espinoza (MBA ‘10), Marisa Hernandez (MSM ‘20), and Jacob Martinez (‘13), who share their insights.

Sunday, October 4 | Falls Lake: Past, Present, and Future
Learn how local families gave up land, homes, and businesses for Falls Lake to exist and benefit the greater good.

Tuesday, September 22 | The Balancing Act: The Role of Whistleblowers in American Commerce and Government
Panelists discuss trends, regulation, whistleblower protection, monetization, and more.

Thursday, September 17 | Big Data, Analytics and Technology Affinity Group Happy Hour
Panelists share their experiences in big data, analytics and technology with MBA students and alumni in a virtual networking event.

Tuesday, September 15 | Thine Ancient Days, A WFU History | 1818 – 1956
Wake Forest Special Collections, in partnership with the Wake Forest Historical Museum, brings you an inside look at the making of Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History | 1818 – 1956, with author Jenny Puckett.

Wednesday, September 16 | Resume Revamp
This webinar addresses three key areas for revamping your resume, along with specific examples that you can apply to your current resume immediately.

Tuesday, September 15 | Working and Parenting in a Pandemic
Laine Thomas Conway (‘93) shares ideas of how employers are rising to the challenge and what this means to working women and other impacted groups as they handle actual work, household duties and now childcare/teaching due to pandemic, economic and social justice pressures.

Thursday, September 10 | First in Moonshine: North Carolina and the Illegal Liquor Business
Dr. Daniel Pierce discusses how moonshining was an important economic activity, shaped politics and community relations, and helped create a distinctive culture in NC.

Wednesday, September 2 | Hope is Not a Plan: Setting Goals the Right Way
Assistant VP Allison McWilliams explores the science behind effective goal-setting, shares some tools to set goals the right way, and helps you create three specific, actionable goals to move your dreams to reality, starting now.

Tuesday, September 1 | The Power of Citizen Science
Learn how you can help create the first robust national inventory of water pipe materials in the United States.

Wednesday, August 12 | Engage RIDE to Reduce Biases, Prejudices, and Discrimination in Teams and Organizations
This second in a series of webinars focused on reducing biases, prejudices, and discrimination in teams and organizations. Learn two powerful tools you can use to enhance your self-awareness and behaviors regarding diversity and inclusion.

Thursday, August 6 | Mis/Disinformation and the Vaccine Debate
This session looks back at the mis/disinformation that has surrounded vaccines from its roots in a research study in the UK to a much larger conspiracy theory.

Wednesday, July 29 | Q&A Summer Series: Steph Trilling and Erin Adamson on Gender in the Workplace
Women’s Center leaders shared ideas about the ways gender impacts our workplaces.

Thursday, July 23 | Navigating a Career Pivot after a Furlough
Kristin Winkle Beck (’97) discussed do’s and don’ts during a pivot; how to make tough decisions; creating a pivot action plan; and expanding your network.

Monday, July 20 | Tackling Fake News: Know Better – Do Better
Learn tools and strategies for dealing with fake news through fact-checking, being more selective in your sources of information, and utilizing technologies that can help you along the way.

Wednesday, July 15 | Doing the Right Thing: How Companies Lead in the New Age of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion has taken center stage in a way that it hasn’t since the great Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. A panel of communications and legal experts explore the internal changes that companies need to make and the external communications that is required.

Tuesday, July 14 | We’ve seen the enemy and it is us: Why we are susceptible to fake news
Refresh your memories about a variety of biases and logical fallacies and delve into how they are taken advantage of in the world of fake news.

Tuesday, July 14 | COVID is Killing Me: the Effects of COVID-Induced Stress, and What You Can Do about It
Understand the biological effects chronic stress has on the human body; ways to reduce that stress; and how the food one eats can increase or decrease the body’s physiological response to stress.

Thursday, July 9 | The End of Brand Neutrality: How to Be Good Corporate Citizens in an Age of Civil Unrest
Panelists explored ways in which businesses can work toward a transformative outcome by becoming more transparent and more socially and culturally responsible corporate citizens.

Wednesday, July 8 Andy Chan and the World of Work
Andy Chan addressed questions about job searching, leadership and management during times of crisis, and embracing an entrepreneurial mindset to pivot during a pandemic.

Thursday, July 2 | Mis/disinformation Online in the Time of COVID-19
From memes to astroturfing, this interactive discussion examined the qualities and characteristics of the creation and dissemination of mis/disinformation.

Wednesday, July 1 | Calling and Vocation: Discerning Biblical Voices for Transformation
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WFU School of Divinity Associate Professor of New Testament Dr. Shaner discussed the ways that voices we don’t usually hear in the biblical text give power and strength to theological voices we need to hear in the public square.

Wednesday, June 30 | The Roots of Unrest: Addressing Racialized Police Violence
A panel of WFU professors had a candid and timely public conversation about racialized police violence.

Wednesday, June 24 | Quarantine is Not a Competition: Self-Compassion and the Myth of “Winning”
Ryan Riccordella (’15) explored how to practice self-compassion and avoid toxic comparisons while still holding ourselves accountable for the progress we want to make.

Thursday, June 18 | Be NICE to Reduce Biases, Prejudice, and Discrimination
This compelling and timely webinar explored the sources that give rise to the development of stereotypes, prejudice, biases, and discrimination against groups of people.

Wednesday, June 17 | Unboss Your Leadership to Motivate Others
Explore the concept of unbossed leadership style and its links to increased motivation and performance.

Wednesday, June 17 | We’ve seen the enemy and it is us: Why we are susceptible to fake news
Refresh your memories about a variety of biases and logical fallacies and delve into how they are taken advantage of in the world of fake news. Presented by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Wednesday, June 17 | Grow Where You’re Planted: Upskilling from Where You Sit
This webinar offered tips and strategies for seeking out growth and development from where you are.

Tuesday, June 16 | Will COVID-19 Bring Creation or Destruction to Campus?
A group of insightful panelists shared their perspectives on the pandemic response and what that means for higher education.

Thursday, June 11 | Pandemics and Prediction: What’s Next in World Politics and Global Brands
A conversation with Tim Roemer (P ’16, P ’22) and Emily Manning (’12) about our current political landscape.

Wednesday, June 10 | Navigating a Career Pivot
Alumna Kristin Winkle Beck, certified coach and CEO of Pivot Point Professionals, shared what she learned from making her own career pivot and offered strategies for creating a pivot action plan.

Thursday, June 4 | A Conversation on Leadership and Pro Humanitate for the “Now Normal”
An engaging dialogue on leadership and pro humanitate, as part of School of Divinity’s “A Virtual Series of Our Time” programming.

Wednesday, June 3 | Communications in the Time of COVID-19
This webinar offered tools to be more compassionate and effective in your written communications.

Monday, June 1 | Mis/Disinformation Online in the Time of COVID-19
From memes to astroturfing, this interactive discussion examined the qualities and characteristics of the creation and dissemination of mis/disinformation.

Wednesday, May 27 | Lessons on Leadership with Billy Prim
Prim will shared his experiences developing businesses, approach to leadership, and reflections on career influences.

Wednesday, May 27 | Mentorship and Management: Leading People and Teams
This webinar explored how to use four specific strategies for effective mentorship to lead your teams, deepen employee engagement, and create cultures of care.

Wednesday, May 20 | Living Comfortably on a Whim
A webinar on the rollercoaster of adapting, pivoting, and enjoying the ride of entrepreneurship with Amy Shack Egan (’14), CEO of Modern Rebel.

Wednesday, May 13 | How Leaders Bring About Adaptive, Positive Change in a Crisis
This webinar explores how leaders can view and use a crisis to bring about lasting change with a simple process model for organizational change.

Wednesday, May 13 | Crafting Your Pitch: Telling Your Story to Recruiters and Employers
Patrick Sullivan (’93, MBA ’03), Director of Strategic Projects, provided some tips and strategies for crafting an effective pitch to get you noticed.

Thursday, May 7 | Religion, Public Life, and The Supreme Court in the Time of COVID-19
Melissa Rogers, Visiting Professor, attorney and former White House official explored the novel ways in which these entities interact in the time of COVID-19.

Thursday, May 7 | Upside Down Thinking in Unprecedented Times
Dr. Peter Sheldrake, Executive Education Program faculty member, spoke about innovating strategically in times of significant change.

Wednesday, May 6 | Strategies for People Engagement in the Midst of Crisis
Emily Goodson (‘07), CEO & Founder of CultureSmart, offered practical tips for engaging your workforce, communicating to your team, and responding to changing employee needs.

Saturday, May 2 | Evaluating the US Presidential Selection Process
Dr. Katy Harriger, professor of Politics and International Studies, who will explained the evolution of the presidential selection process and addressed the implications of COVID-19 on this year’s election.

Thursday, April 30 | Healthcare, Health Policy, and a Global Pandemic: Where do we go from here?
Donna Edwards (‘80), Wake Forest Trustee and columnist for The Washington Post, and Jack Kalavritinos (‘85), senior director and public affairs and health communications expert for APCO Worldwide, shared their unique perspectives on the healthcare and health policy implications of this unprecedented time.

Wednesday, April 29 | Virtual Coffee: Remote Work Hacks
Tiffany Tate (’07, MA ’11), Associate Director of National Engagement, offered some tips and tricks for working from home.

Friday, April 24 | Working Remotely Tips & Tricks: Strategies and Self-Compassion for Working Parents & Caregivers During COVID-19
This virtual panel of working caregivers from Wake Forest shared their experiences working from home (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and offered tips and tricks to others.

Wednesday, April 22 | Leading to Promote Post-Adversity Growth
Dr. Pat Sweeney, Executive Director, Allegacy Center for Leadership & Character, discussed leader actions and mindsets that facilitate effective crisis leadership while setting the conditions for post-adversity growth.

Wednesday, April 22 | Creating a Strategic Job Search
Sharron Vogler, Senior Associate Director, Market Readiness & Employment at the School of Business, offered tips and strategies for clarifying your skills and strengths while developing a plan for what comes next.