Monthly Archives: April 2013

Leading the future with beverages

Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, presenting to USD students

In his visit to USD this week, Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, gave students a look into the future of the beverage industry. On the thirst-quenching horizon: LRB (keep reading), sustainability and an advertising revolution.

With sales declining for cola drinks, the Liquid Refreshment Beverage category is the beverage tsunami of the future. LRB includes such products (owned by PepsiCo) as Mountain Dew and Kickstart; Gatorade – this …Read Full Article

Pitching innovation at USD School of Business

OnMyBlock co-founders, Morgan Schwanke and Jordan Jadallah

Venture Vetting (V2) student finalists pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of four angel investors in a competition for a share of the $25,000 prize last night at the USD School of Business. Of the original 32 business venture ideas – nearly double the number of entries over last year – four pitched to the judges.

Each finalist made a 7-minute pitch to the panel, followed by a 10-minute one-on-one pitch with each …Read Full Article

Avian flu and risk management

I think a lot about risk management, and especially integrated risk management, or put another way, the ways that risk management decisions in one functional area of a company impact other areas.  For instance, if supply chain managers make a decision regarding a global supplier, what effect does that have on the Treasury department, which is responsible for hedging currencies, or the Marketing department, which manages the brand?

So, here is a recent article from the New York Times online.

These excerpts …Read Full Article


I have watched the news the past two days with sadness and horror. Having lived in New Hampshire for many years, our family traveled to Boston regularly to shop, visit museums, attend shows and sporting events, and just walk the city. We loved it. So to see the senseless destruction at the finish line of the Boston Marathon was doubly hard. I was inspired by the immediate, capable and caring response of many people. We are praying for the victims …Read Full Article

Leadership, choice and ingredients for success

Sheena Iyengar, author of The Art of Choice

I am writing this post on the plane from Chicago to Houston, leaving the annual AACSB International Conference and Meeting (ICAM) and heading to meet with some great alumni in Texas.  In addition to stimulating conversations with other deans and directors of business schools, we were energized and challenged by some excellent panels and speakers.

One amazing speaker was Sheena Iyengar, the author of The Art of Choice, a 2010 book about choices …Read Full Article

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