COVID-19 Webinar Series

Featuring Gies expert faculty.

COVID-19 Webinar Series

Featuring Gies expert faculty.

About the COVID-19 webinar series

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to have far-reaching impact on society and business. With implications changing daily, business leaders need to be proactive. They need to know how coronavirus could impact their business or industry and what steps they can take to meet the challenges brought on by this global health crisis.

Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is a leader in global and online education. Gies’ expert faculty have developed a series of three webinars to address the business implications of coronavirus and to enable business leaders to be better prepared for the challenges coronavirus presents. Each webinar will provide the knowledge and strategies leaders need to help ensure the stability of their business enterprise. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Upcoming Webinars

Good Faith and Forward Looking: How Do CEOs and CFOs Talk about the Impact of the Coronavirus Shutdown on Corporate Profits?

June 2 | 1 pm US CST
Fei Du, Assistant Professor of Accountancy and Arthur Anderson Fellowshp in Accountancy and R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow

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First-quarter earnings forecasts dropped for all 11 sectors in the S&P500. While some industries are hit by an unprecedented drop in demand, others face unprecedented growth opportunities. Companies are urged to disclose COVID-19’s impact on their businesses in earnings conference calls, and SEC chairman Jay Clayton encourages companies to issue forward-looking disclosures to investors and be as transparent as possible. Professor Du will talk about some empirical insight from earnings conference call transcripts from the top 10 industry leaders in consumer staples, technology, and communications. Participants will receive a data analytics tool kit that allows them to directly interact with the data, adjust the parameters, and generate the results in their preferred format. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.


Past Webinars

Social Media Analytics and the Covid-19 Infodemic

Joseph Yun, Research Assistant Professor of Accountancy and Director of the Data Science Research Service
Hosted on May 16

Data is Your Best Defense in a Downturn

Doug Laney, Gies Adjunct Professor and Principal Data and Analytics Strategist with Caserta
Hosted on May 5

Ethics in Global Commerce during Coronavirus

Patricia Werhane, Adjunct Teaching Professor of Business Administration and Center for Professional Responsibility Faculty Fellow

Hosted April 22

Consumer Behavior in the Global Marketplace in the Time of Coronavirus

Carlos Torelli, Professor of Business Administration and Executive Director of Executive Education and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow

Hosted April 7

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus

Larry DeBrock, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics

Hosted March 25

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