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Knowledge @Wharton: June 15, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Peter Zaleski (Interim Department Chair in the Department of Economics, Villanova University), Stephanos Bibas (Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Pennsylvania), Robert Ambrose (Instructor for the Gaming and Hospitality Center, Drexel University), Rummy Pandit (Executive Director of the Gaming Hospitality and Tourism, Stockton University), Robert Boland J.D. (Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice), Mori Taheripour (Facutly Member at the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania), Bernie Resnick (Entertainment attorney), and Pinar Yildirim (Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Wednesday, June 15, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on SiriusXM 132

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Knowledge @Wharton: June 15, 2016 10:00

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Stephanos Bibas, Robert Boland J.D., Mori Taheripour

Knowledge @Wharton: June 15, 2016 10:30

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Bernie Resnick

Knowledge @Wharton: June 15, 2016 11:00

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Robert Ambrose, Rummy Pandit

Knowledge @Wharton: June 15, 2016 11:30

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Peter Zaleski, Pinar Yildirim

Featured Guests

Stephanos Bibas

Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Pennsylvania


Stephanos Bibas studies the powers and incentives that shape how prosecutors, defense counsel, defendants, and judges behave in the real world of guilty pleas. His 2004 paper, “Plea Bargaining Outside the Shadow of Trial” (Harvard Law Review), explored the agency costs, structural forces, and psychological biases that cause plea bargaining to deviate from expected trial outcomes. He also studies the divorce between criminal procedure’s focus on efficiency and criminal law’s interest in healing victims, defendants, and communities. His new book (The Machinery of Criminal Justice, Oxford 2012) explains how criminal justice should do more to encourage acceptance of responsibility, remorse, apology, and forgiveness.

As director of Penn’s Supreme Court Clinic, Bibas litigates a wide range of Supreme Court cases. He and his co-counsel won a landmark victory in Padilla v. Kentucky in 2010, persuading the Court to recognize the right of noncitizen defendants to accurate information about deportation before they plead guilty. His academic work played a central role in the Supreme Court’s landmark case of Blakely v. Washington.
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Robert Boland J.D.

Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice


Robert A. Boland joined Penn State University as Athletics Integrity Officer in July 2017. In this role, he works to ensure the Athletics Department is meeting all University standards related to integrity, ethics, staff and student conduct and welfare, as well as NCAA and Big Ten standards.

The position, the first of its kind, was created in August 2012 in an agreement with the NCAA, Big Ten and Penn State. It was charged with oversight and reporting of internal and external investigations into athletics. With that agreement expiring in August 2017, the University is maintaining the position as part of its own broader Athletic Integrity Program. Boland chairs the University’s Athletics Integrity Council, a group that brings together senior administrators and faculty to review matters related to athletics and reports to the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and the Board of Trustees.

Boland joined Penn State from Ohio University, where he was a faculty member and directed the MBA/Masters in Sports Administration program. Ohio University was ranked as “the #1 Graduate Sports Business Program in the World” by Sports Business International, in each of Boland’s two years there. He spent the prior 14 years at New York University. First, as founding faculty in its Masters in Sports Business program; later as Academic Chair of NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, a division serving more that 700 students and five degree programs. He also taught Sports Law at NYU Law School.

Boland also brings more than 20 years of legal experience to the role. He has been an administrative law judge in New York City, a confidential assistant to a State Supreme Court Justice and an assistant district attorney. For more than decade he was an active player agent negotiating more than 100 sports contracts and endorsement agreements. He has also advised a range of boutique clients including pro franchise purchase groups, pro teams, universities and conferences.

Boland earned varsity letters in football and wrestling at Columbia University. After graduation, he worked in collegiate athletics at Columbia and the University of Tennessee, before attending law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Twitter – @RobertBolandESQ
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Mori Taheripour

Facutly Member at the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


Mori Taheripour is as a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Negotiations and Dispute Resolution in the Undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education programs where she received the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Ms. Taheripour is also a co-founder and affiliated faculty member of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a partnership among top level business leaders, faculty and students that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, high-level student consulting assignments, global forums, and research.

Ms. Taheripour serves as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate, non-profit and sports organizations. Current and past clients include The Goldman Sachs Foundation, Major League Baseball (MLB), NBA Players’ Association (NBPA), Wasserman Media Group (WMG), National Football League (NFL), NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), Wells Fargo, The Timberland Company, United Parcel Service (UPS), Alvarez & Marsal, Connor Sport Court, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Ms. Taheripour is widely known for her expertise in negotiation, global sports philanthropy, diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and athlete engagement and development. She has been a featured speaker and moderator at numerous conferences around the world and was featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Broke.

From 2010 – 2014, Ms. Taheripour served the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as its first ever Senior Advisor for Sport for Development. In this role, she was the lead U.S. Government representative for promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals. Ms. Taheripour was responsible for the strategic integration of sport into USAID programs around the world and was the senior technical advisor for all agency programs related to sport and development. She managed relationships with professional sports leagues, federations, and franchises and was responsible for driving strategic partnerships between sports organizations, civil society, private sector corporations and non-governmental organizations.

In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Taheripour was Vice President of Corporate Diversity for the American Red Cross. In this position, she developed and executed the corporate-wide strategy for diversity and inclusion to ensure that the Red Cross reflected the communities it served in its people, programs, policies and services.

Ms. Taheripour is a member of USA Track and Field’s Investment Committee and a founding advisory board member of the new Sports Leadership and Management Undergraduate degree program at UMASS Boston. Ms. Taheripour earned her MBA from The Wharton School and her BA in Psychology and Premedical Studies from Barnard College/Columbia University.

Twitter – @moritaheripour
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Bernie Resnick

Entertainment attorney


Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an entertainment attorney practicing in Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-eight years.

Representative clients (past and present) include recording artists UGK, Bun B, Trina, Peedi Crakk, Us3, Pink, Bahamadia, Steph Pockets, Garland “Sebastian” Mosley, Schoolly D, Freeway, The Rembrandts, Dave Mason, Lonnie Jordan and “War”, Time For Three, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; record producers/songwriters Timbaland, Andy Anderson, Jim Beanz, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, Daniel Jones, Calvin Miller, Roy “Royalty” Hamilton, Jae Staxx, Rugged Ness, Arkatechz Beatz, Ritz Reynolds, Rick Friedrich, and Qur’an Goodman; the Estate of Linda Creed; recording engineer Chris Godbey; artist management companies Atom Factory (John Mayer, John Legend) and Far-N-Low Management; artist management company/booking agency IMG Artists; record labels; screenwriters; filmmakers; film investment funds; and Villanova University.

Mr. Resnick’s most recent publications, titled “An Overview of Master Use Licenses – Film and Television Uses” and “An Overview of Synchronization Licenses – Film and Television Uses”, were included as chapters in the annual journal issued by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (“IAEL”), titled “Licensing of Music – From BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital)”, which was published internationally in January, 2014. Resnick co-authored chapters in IAEL’s 2009, 2011 and 2012 books; “The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide – 4th Edition”, published by Prentice Hall for the Beverly Hills Bar Association; and many other articles and chapters in journals, textbooks and magazines.

Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School’s Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online program. His course is entitled “Navigating Recording Artists through the Entertainment Industry”. This unique offering is available to students from around the globe, who study for their advanced masters of law degree via computer-based distance learning.

Mr. Resnick has participated in panel discussions, presented seminars, and conducted continuing legal education classes worldwide, including for The Recording Academy, MusExpo, Liverpool Sound City, NARIP, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers at MIDEM/MIDEMNet, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, the Texas State Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute, the Independent Music Conference, the Cutting Edge Music Conference, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Widener University School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Association Symposium, the Albany County Bar Association, New Noise Santa Barbara, and Les Rencontres.

Mr. Resnick serves on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy for 2011-2015, where he is Co-Chair of the Classical Music Committee and the Advocacy Committee. Mr. Resnick is also a musician, songwriter, record producer and music publisher. He was selected as a Grand Prize winner of British Airways/UK Trade & Investment’s “Face of Opportunity” contest.

Mr. Resnick frequently serves as an expert witness in entertainment-related lawsuits. He has earned the “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” designation from Philadelphia Magazine/Law & Politics Magazine for the past 11 years, and has earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
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Robert Ambrose

Instructor for the Gaming and Hospitality Center, Drexel University


Professor Ambrose is an instructor in the undergraduate and graduate programs for Drexel University’s Hospitality Management department. He joined Drexel in 2013, after a successful 30-year career working in casinos and gaming, and he brings a wealth of executive-level management experience into the classroom.

Professor Ambrose’s experience includes casino game floor design, casino gaming equipment evaluation, slot machine installation, set-up and casino floor installation, analyzing game performance, budgets, hiring, purchasing, vendor relations, and the development of new casino property short-and long-term goals and critical planning paths for single and multi-property casino design. As corporate Vice President of Slots, (2006-2010) he was part of a development team for casino design, game purchase and installation at Indiana-Live Casino, now known as Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana. He also held the position of Executive Director of Slot and Marketing Operations for the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City from 2000-2007. There he managed departments, guest service initiatives and employee education. Prior to this position he was part of the Tropicana gaming management team from 1987-2000.

Professor Ambrose instructs courses in casino management, casino marketing, casino law, current issues in gaming, gaming history, hotel operations, customer service and hospitality marketing. He continually collaborates with industry professionals to make the connection between the classroom and the industry. Through research, publications, class lectures, guest speakers, and field trips Professor Ambrose is able to bring his expansive professional insight and strong industry connections to the students.

Professor Ambrose also previously instructed at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rowan University Graduate Program and Burlington County College Hospitality Program in New Jersey. He has also authored and published several articles in casino trade publications and currently produces monthly editorial copy for Casino Life (UK). He is a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Casino Enterprise Management Magazine and is presently a diversity advisory board member for the Philly “Live” Casino Hotel project in Philadelphia.
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Rummy Pandit

Executive Director of the Gaming Hospitality and Tourism, Stockton University


Rummy Pandit, LPD, who has been at Stockton since 2011, had served as the Executive Director of the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, overseeing the facility’s $20 million operational and financial performance. During his tenure at Stockton he has served as Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities and Plant Operations and also as an instructor for the School of Business.

He has held previous positions in both academia and the hospitality industry, including serving as Associate Dean for Business Management at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY, and as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Hospitality Management at Rutgers University. He also has managed hotel operations in New York, Boston and Atlantic City.

Dr. Pandit received his Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers and a Master’s in Hotel Administration from Cornell at L’Ecole Supérieure Des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris. Additionally, he holds the Certified Hotel Administrator designation accorded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Dr. Pandit is active in the community and serves on the board of the Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the hospitality advisory board for Atlantic County Institute of Technology. He also has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Atlantic and Cumberland chapters, the Atlantic-Cape May Counties Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Atlantic City Region Tourism Council. He served as a member of the education committee of the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association and the Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association and other groups.
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Peter Zaleski

Interim Department Chair in the Department of Economics, Villanova University

Pinar Yildirim

Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School


Pinar Yildirim joined the Wharton School as an Assistant Professor of Marketing after completing her PhD in 2012. Pinar’s research can be categorized into three main streams: monetization of media platforms, politics in marketing, and advertising. She focuses on analytical modeling and in particular is interested in game theoretic models. Parallel to these interests, her current research focuses on two-sided networks, including innovation platforms, data markets, and social networks. Related to her interests of ‘political economy’ she is also conducting research on how beliefs about the role of government can be shaped. Professor Yildirim’s research appeared in top management and marketing journals including Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Journal of Marketing, and received various grants. Yildirim has industrial experience in consumer electronics and automotive sectors, at firms such as Fiat S.P.A and Renault S.A. She also conducted research in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline and PNC Bank, and currently she is conducting research in collaboration with the American Red Cross (with Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative grant) and Social Bicycles. Professor Yildirim earned her Ph.D. in Marketing & Business Economics from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is teaching Marketing Research at the Wharton School and is a frequent contributor for Knowledge@Wharton and contributor for Google Think Insights
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