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Knowledge @Wharton: July 11, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Steven Southwick (Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University), W. Timmothy Coombs (Professor, Texas A&M), Waheed Hussain (Assistant Professor, University of Toronto), David Brown (Assistant Professor of Instruction, Temple University), Mary Gilly (Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing, The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Robert Meyer (Professor, Co-Director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania) on the Wednesday, July 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Eric Orts and Waheed Hussain

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Waheed Hussain, Eric Orts

Steven Southwick

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Steven Southwick

Mary Gilly, David Brown, and Timothy Coombs

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: W. Timmothy Coombs, David Brown, Mary Gilly

Robert Meyer

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Robert Meyer

Featured Guests

Steven Southwick

Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University


Dr. Southwick received an MD from George Washington Medical School, 1980. He completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience at Yale University Medical School and Yale Child Study Center, Medical Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Diversion of the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His interests include the psychology and neurobiology of psychological trauma, PTSD, and resilience to stress. He has worked with a wide range of trauma survivors including combat veterans, civilian children and adults with PTSD, and very high functioning stress resilient former prisoners of war and active duty Special Forces soldiers and Navy Seals.
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W. Timmothy Coombs

Professor, Texas A&M


Timothy Coombs (PhD from Purdue University in Public Affairs and Issues Management) is a full professor in Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. He has received the 2002 recipient of Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America, the 2013 Pathfinder Award from the Institute of Public Relations in recognition of his research contributions to the field and to the practice, and was the 2014 winner of the Dean’s Distinguished Researcher Award in the College of Sciences at UCF. Dr. Coombs has won multiple PRIDE awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association for both books and research articles. He is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Dr. Coombs was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia in the Spring of 2013. In the Fall of 2013 he was the named NEMO Professor at Lund University, Helsingborg Campus. In 2015 he was invited to lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing China. In 2015 he was designated an honorary professor in the Department of Business Communication at Aarhus University. He is also the current editor for Corporation Communication: An International Journal.

Twitter – @wtcoombs
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Waheed Hussain

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto


Waheed Hussain is a political philosopher at the University of Toronto. He focuses on issues at the intersection philosophy, economics and business. A former fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton in 2013-14. His work has appeared in a variety of leading academic journals. He has recently written about the ethical responsibilities of consumers, the role of business corporations in the democratic process, and the proper limits of competition in social life. He is also working on a book about the codetermination model for corporate governance in Germany.
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David Brown

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Temple University


David W. Brown has helped guide the strategic direction for non-profit and other mission-focused organizations throughout his 30+ year career. He is the Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. He previously served as the Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) – a nonprofit focused on child literacy by opening and operating previously closed public elementary school libraries. He is also Founder of The Marketing Collaborative – a non-profit that provides strategic marketing services to other Philadelphia non-profits. A graduate of Duquesne University where he majored in Journalism, David is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) where he received a Masters degree in Theology focusing on Public Policy and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Temple where he is pursuing his PhD in Media and Communication.

Brown is a past recipient of the Speaker of the Year by the Pennsylvania Communication Society and was inducted to the Public Relations Hall of Fame by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) — the oldest independent public relations organization in the country. He is the only living practitioner of color in the Hall. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) David Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and is the first African American to be so honored. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Ofield Dukes Educator Award conferred by the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) recognizing the best African Americans in the public relations industry that are making positive contributions in the community. It was named after the legendary African American practitioner who worked with music icon Stevie Wonder to make Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. Professor Brown is the first Philadelphia practitioner to be selected.

Brown is one of the founding members of NewCORE (the New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity) which, since its founding in 2009, has successfully convened nearly 200 Conversations and developed and hosted specific Conversations designed to positively combat racism throughout the City. Brown is also the co-founder of the Bridge Walk for Peace which commemorates the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King with a sunrise walk on the Ben Franklin Bridge to re-commit to the work of peace in communities. Started on April 4, 2007, it is the nation’s oldest active observance.

Brown is a frequent columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia Tribune and served as the General Manager of 900 AM WURD, Pennsylvania’s only black-owned talk radio station. He was also named “A Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration for his work in the public, private and faith communities. He serves as a member of the ministry staff of Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, and he is the published author of “Freedom Drawn from Within” which examines the historic role that African Americans have played in forming the modern United Methodist church.

Twitter – @revdavidwbrown
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Mary Gilly

Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing, The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine


Mary Gilly returned to the Paul Merage School of Business in the summer of 2015 to serve as the Senior Associate Dean after a two year term as Vice Chair and Chair of the Academic Council at the UC Office of the President. In earlier years, Mary served key administrative roles at the business school and on the UC Irvine campus. Some of these roles at the business school include PhD Director, Associate Dean, and Vice Chair, and Chair of Academic Personnel and Chair of the Academic Senate.

Mary is also an accomplished scholar in the area of marketing, with expertise in consumer behavior, focusing her research on the indirect and often unintended consequences of marketing actions. She conducts her research in a variety of organizations, such as hospitals, quick-service restaurants, high-tech firms, and small retailers.

Current projects include a study of household decision-making at a distance via new technologies, consumer compliance with debt management services, and the phenomenon of consumer generated advertising. Two of her research grants funded by the National Science Foundation have focused on older Americans’ use of the Internet.

Her research findings have appeared in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Research, California Management Review, and the Journal of Retailing. She and a colleague recently wrote “Why Consumers Shop Online, Who They Are, and What They Want” for The Internet Encyclopedia.

Professor Gilly has made nearly 30 presentations on marketing to colloquia and conferences held across the United States, and internationally. She has co-chaired conferences and served as an officer in the American Marketing Association. She is currently Academic Director for the Association for Consumer Research, and is a member of the American Academy of Advertising.
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Eric Orts

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton


Research Interests: corporate governance, environmental management, environmental law and policy, securities regulation, theories of the firm, professional ethics

Twitter – @EricOrts
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Robert Meyer

Professor, Co-Director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania


Robert Meyer is the Frederick H. Ecker/MetLife Insurance Professor and Co-Director of Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He is a noted scholar whose research focuses on consumer decision analysis, sales response modeling, and decision making under uncertainty. Professor Meyer’s work has appeared in a wide variety of professional journals and books, including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Marketing Science, Management Science, and Risk Analysis. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marketing Research, and an associate editor for the Journal of Marketing. He has previously served as co-editor of Marketing Letters, and associate editor of the Journal of Consumer Research, JMR, and Marketing Science. He has also served on the editorial review board of several major journals.
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