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

Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage

June 23 | 11 am US CST
FLynne McChristian, Director, Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research

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Professor McChristian will explore the financial impact of COVID-19 on businesses and how they are discovering that the insurance coverage they purchased may not be what they needed. Understanding what type of insurance coverage you have and what you may need is essential. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a catastrophe to deliver that understanding. This webinar will explain how to assess your risks, and it will review the types of commercial insurance products, what they cover, what they do not – and why. It will also outline the solutions that insurers and policymakers are considering to provide relief to businesses.


Liquidity Management in the Great Lockdown. Will There Be A Financial Crisis on Main Street?

July 17 | 1 pm US CST
Heitor Almeida, Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Chair in Corporate Finance

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Professor Almeida will examine how companies are managing their liquidity in the COVID-19 crisis. He will discuss about the dash for cash that has been happening since March and the importance of bank credit lines as a source of liquidity for large companies. He will also explore how a liquidity crisis in the corporate sector can trigger a wave of bankruptcies that has the potential to create a full-blown financial crisis. He will also examine the role of government policies, such as the Main Street Lending Program, in mitigating the risk of such a crisis. Finally, he will provide some forecasts about what may happen to US companies in the near future, given what we know about the propagation of the disease and how people are reacting to the slow reopening of the US economy.


Past Webinars

Cyber Threats in the Age of Covid-19

Robert Brunner, Associate Dean and Chief Disruption Officer, Gies College of Business
David Nicol, Director, Information Trust Institute, Professer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hosted on June 9

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

Fei Du, Assistant Professor of Accountancy and Arthur Anderson Fellowshp in Accountancy and R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow

Hosted on June 2

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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