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September 2019

Dean's Digest

Hello everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend and are starting to settle back into the semester routine. Of course, we never get too settled here at W. P. Carey — here are some items to note and things to look forward to over the next month.

EGADE partnership

We are excited to officially announce our new EMBA program in partnership with EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City. The program kicks off with an event in Mexico City on Thursday. This unique EMBA program offers the best of both worlds: The entrepreneurial and student-focused approach to learning that EGADE Business School is known for, combined with the W. P. Carey School’s ‘Business is Personal’ mindset and our mission of educating tomorrow’s business leaders to create positive change on a global scale. The first class of students will begin Fall 2020.

Economic Club of Phoenix

Keeping with our longstanding tradition of bringing Phoenix business leaders together, this year’s Economic Club of Phoenix calendar is full of impressive speakers, including executives from PetSmart, Cox Enterprises, and the Carlisle Companies. ECP kicks off at the end of this month with a presentation from Zion Armstrong, president of adidas North America. Later this fall, we honor our Spirit of Enterprise award winner, State Forty Eight, the Arizona-inspired apparel lifestyle company. Its co-founder, Michael Spangenberg, will be our featured speaker for that event. It is always great to hear from such creative and talented leaders and I hope you can join us at lunch this year.

In good Fast Company

Congratulations to Morrison Chair of Agribusiness Tim Richards on his recent Fast Company article advocating big data solutions to food waste. Did you know that up to one-third of the world’s food supply ends up as garbage? Tim shares his expertise to suggest how better data can help solve this frustrating problem, which, since its publication in Fast Company, has already been featured in Quartz and highlighted by the Department of Agriculture. This is an excellent example of how our W. P. Carey faculty use their research to tackle major social problems. Great work, Tim!

Feeling EDGE-y

Don’t forget to schedule an EDGE appointment with your supervisor by the end of this month. This quarterly performance tool helps keep lines of communication open and everyone on the same page. You can find more information about the EDGE process on the employee site.

Employee calendar submissions

I have enjoyed seeing pictures of everyone’s travels on this year’s employee calendar. I hope you will share with us again for the 2020 calendar. This year’s theme is pets, so please send pictures of your cats, dogs, fish, and ferrets by September 30. Cover photo points go to anyone whose pet is in Sun Devil gear!

Events on the horizon

Please save the date and plan to join me at the W. P. Carey 2019 Teaching & Learning Workshop. This event is a collaborative effort led by Dan Gruber, our new Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning, along with teaching leads from each department in partnership with W. P. Carey Academic Chairs and other senior leaders. Faculty members from each academic unit will share best practices in this energizing showcase of teaching at W. P. Carey. The workshop is October 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McCord Hall, Room 450. All faculty members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Mark your calendars.

Thank you for all you do.

Amy Hillman, PhD
Charles J. Robel Dean’s Chair
W. P. Carey School of Business