In The Empire: “Pace University’s Entrepreneurship Lab Will Train People To Think Differently”

A startup blog covers the opening of Pace’s new startup Entrepreuneurship Lab. How appropriate.

This is the seed blog for InTheEmpire, a Streetwise Media site specifically for NYC, set to officially launch this March.
 
February 17, 2012
 
 

Pace University officially opened the doors to its Entrepreneurship Lab (aka, E-Lab) last night, and there to cut the ribbon was Professor Bruce Bachenheimer, who was named the lab’s first director.

“It takes innovation and entrepreneurship to develop things that are meaningful,” Bachenheimer tells us over the phone.

The big picture strategy of the E-Lab is not necessarily to incubate companies or create startups, but it’s to spur entrepreneurial and innovative thoughts and actions.

“We don’t measure our metrics by how many students launch businesses,” Bachenheimer says. “It’s the ability to come up with new and creative solutions to problems, and the ability to add value in a unique and innovative way.”

To spur innovation, Bachenheimer and his E-Lab will provide students with workspace for creative thinking, in addition to access to workshops, guest speakers, roundtable discussions, and networking events involving members of the entrepreneurial community.

“If you’re looking at very good innovators, they have to be young enough so that their minds are not so rigid in the way things are and the way things should be,” says Bachenheimer. “But they also need to have enough knowledge, skills, and abilities to find and solve problems.”

To mold a mind into innovative shape, college students need an “experiential education.” People at that young of an age need to be able to expand their horizons and question the norm, or, to borrow a line from Steve Jobs, you need to “stay hungry, stay foolish” to truly innovate.

“You need to train people to think differently, and if there are specific skills they don’t have, let them know how to get those resources,” Bachenheimer says. “Hopefully, the Entrepreneurship Lab is one of them.”

(Image, from left: Neil Braun, Bruce Bachenheimer, Harold Levy)

Inc.com: “New York Gets New Start-up Lab”

Pace University opens up entrepreneurship lab, hoping to incubate interdisciplinary collaboration between students—and create some new companies in Lower Manhattan.

ENTREPRENEURS

February 17, 2012

New York Gets New Start-up Lab

Pace University opens up entrepreneurship lab, hoping to incubate interdisciplinary collaboration between students—and create some new companies in Lower Manhattan.

Before they were entrepreneurs, Rob Caucci and Jeremy Pease were students by day and residence hall RAs by night. That meant after classes in Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and computer science program, respectively, then would come home to “have to mediate dozens of conflicts every day between roommates,” Caucci says.

In an effort born of that frustration, the pair launched their first company, a roommate-matching software called Reslutions, which they dubbed “eHarmony for college roommates.” Then, after winning Pace University’s 2010 Pitch Contest with that idea, the pair shifted their plans: They are now looking for a $500,000 investment for their roommate cost-sharing and household management start-up, called SpaceSplitter.

Pace is the latest university trying to foster just this kind of partnership—in which a business school student meets an undergrad programmer and begins a lasting entrepreneurial relationship. On Thursday night, the Lubin School of Business at Pace held a reception launching the school’s new entrepreneurship lab, an open-floor-plan space decked in computers and Idea Paint tucked into a corridor of Lubin School. The secret sauce: any student from any school within Pace may apply. The lab’s director, Bruce Bachenheimer, who also organizes the Pace Business Plan Competition and Pitch Contest, said he’d gotten a call from a nursing students asking if she could apply for the lab, hopefully to find a collaborator for a piece of health-care software or an app.

“Entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary problem solving and no one can be expert at everything; therefore well-coordinated collaboration is at the heart of what we strive to instill in our students,” says Neil Braun, dean of Pace’s Lubin School of Business and former president of NBC and chairman of Viacom Entertainment. “The lab is a conducive space for students, faculty, entrepreneurs and city officials to identify opportunities and needs and build a plan to make something good happen.”

Thursday night attracted other bold-faced New York start-up names, including Harold Levy, managing director of Palm Ventures and former NYC Schools chancellor, and Robert Walsh, New York City Small Business Services commissioner.

“New York is a thriving hub of entrepreneurship, but we’re still in the second and third inning,” compared with Silicon Valley’s thriving technology industry and start-up scene, said Somak Chattopadhyay, a partner in Tribeca Venture Partners, who spoke at the Entrepreneurship Lab launch. “We’ve been missing a critical mass of incubators and accelerators.” —Christine Lagorio

Pictured: Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services

Crain’s New York Business: “Pace University launches entrepreneur lab”

Following the lead of schools like New York University and Columbia University, a group at Pace University has created a space for the school’s budding entrepreneurs to call home.

Downtown business school creates a space to foster entrepreneurialism among its students

By Emily Laermer
February 15, 2012
 
Following the lead of schools like New York University and Columbia University, a group at Pace University has created a space for the school’s budding entrepreneurs to call home. 
 
The lab, located on the third floor of 163 William St., will open Thursday. It was the brainchild of Neil Braun, the dean of the university’s Lubin School of Business. However, it will be available for use by all Pace students, not just those from the business school, he said. 
 
“It’s about more than starting companies. Entrepreneurship, to me, is a mindset, a way of thinking and interdisciplinary doing,” said Mr. Braun, adding that the lab will be open to students in all of Pace’s specialized schools, which include programs for computer sciences, business, education and health professions, as well as an arts and science program.
 
Before becoming dean of Lubin 18 months ago, Mr. Braun was the president of NBC Television Network and CEO and chairman of Viacom Entertainment.
 
Mr. Braun would not disclose the financials of the lab, but he noted that funding will come from the university. He said the university “reallocated funds that were used for other things that outlived their utility,” adding that he expects future successes from the lab will justify the cost.
 
The lab will include space for students to conference with investors, a studio for them to work and a large meeting room for speakers. Bruce Bachenheimer, the director of the lab and a professor at Lubin, says he plans to reach out to some of the thousand-plus Pace-area alums who self identify as entrepreneurs to be potential guests.
 
“This will be very student focused,” Mr. Bachenheimer said. “It’s important for me to see how the students are using the lab and what is providing them with the most value.”
 
In fact, Mr. Bachenheimer says he has seen an increase in student interest in entrepreneurship in recent years. He blames this on the economy and the high unemployment rate. Students see creating their own companies as a safer route.
 
“They also want to make something meaningful and create something,” he said.
 
Part of the inspiration for this lab stemmed from competitions at other schools like Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Locally, New York University launched its Innovation Venture Fund in 2010. This group offers seed money for startups built at the university. In November, the organization helped organize an Entrepreneurs Festival for its students.
 
NYU also partnered with Columbia University to organize hackNY, an group that aims to connect tech-minded students with startups. Columbia has its own lab, Columbia Technology Ventures, which launches about a dozen startups per year.
 
Pace will be hosting a ribbon-cutting event Thursday evening at the lab to mark its official launch. In addition to members of the Pace community, speakers for the reception include Gurbaksh Chahal, the founder, chairman and CEO of online advertising network RadiumOne, and Robert Walsh, the commissioner at the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

NEWS RELEASE: “Pace University Opens Entrepreneurship Lab to Foster Student Innovation, Initiative and Commitment; Bruce Bachenheimer Named Lab’s First Director

Pace University has deep “roots” in innovation and entrepreneurship. Pace was founded more than 100 years ago by two exemplars of entrepreneurship, the brothers Homer and Charles Pace. With a $600 loan, they rented a classroom in Lower Manhattan to teach the principles of business to men and women aspiring to a better life.

Pace University Opens Entrepreneurship Lab to Foster Student Innovation, Initiative and Commitment

Professor Bruce Bachenheimer – Serial Entrepreneur, Board Member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, and Authority on Collegiate Entrepreneurship – Named Lab’s First Director

NEW YORK, NY, February 13, 2012 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, February 16, to be attended by members of New York City’s “entrepreneurship ecosystem” will mark the official launch of the new Pace University Entrepreneurship Lab (E-Lab), which is expected to both nurture the entrepreneurial spirit on campus and serve as a beacon for innovation in the Lower Manhattan community. 

Those scheduled to be on hand at the inauguration of the new space on the third floor at 163 William Street in New York City and give brief entrepreneurial-encouraging remarks at the invitation-only reception include (in alphabetical order):

  • Bruce Bachenheimer, Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab and Clinical Professor of Management, Lubin School of Business
  • Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business and former President of the NBC Television Network and CEO & Chairman of Viacom Entertainment
  • Gurbaksh Chahal, Founder, Chairman & CEO of RadiumOne.  A die-hard internet entrepreneur, “G” also launched ClickAgents and BlueLithium.
  • Somak Chattopadhyay, Partner at Tribeca Venture Partners – Early Stage Venture Capitalist
  • Harold O. Levy, Pace Trustee and Managing Director of Palm Ventures, Former NYC Schools Chancellor
  • Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner – New York City Department of Small Business Services

They’ll be joined by Robert Caucci (Pace BBA ‘11, Entrepreneurship; Pace BS ‘11, Business Economics) and Jeremy Pease (Pace BS ’12, Computer Science), co-founders of Reslutions, who had the 2011 Winning New Business Concept Pitch at Pace’s Seventh Annual Pitch Contest. Reslutions is a platform that digitizes and streamlines all of the processes associated with a collegiate housing department and stemmed from the co-founders experience as college resident advisors.

Entrepreneurship: The Heart of Business Education 

In addition to 163 William Street in Manhattan, Pace will be simultaneously opening an Entrepreneurship Lab at the Goldstein Academic Building on its Pleasantville, NY, campus. Both E-Labs will provide the tools and mentoring for the development of business plans and the seed capital for new ventures. The E-Labs will also host events featuring guest speakers, workshops and competitions, many of which will be open to the public.

“Entrepreneurship, in its broadest sense, is a personal approach for developing ideas into plans and plans into reality. It is interdisciplinary ‘doing.’  Entrepreneurial leadership is as important in large companies as it is in startups; it’s a mindset toward relentless problem solving that leads to successful execution” said Braun, who in his career has assumed many different type of roles, including internet entrepreneur, television network president, corporate attorney, CEO and film producer. “It is therefore at the heart of business education; it is the ultimate capstone for applying the knowledge and skills of the discrete disciplines to a product or service for a specific market opportunity. 

Professor Bruce Bachenheimer is ideally suited to lead the E-Labs and grow the program,” continued Braun.  “Bruce’s relationships throughout the New York City venture community and beyond will be an important building block as we seek to further enhance our standing in, and access to, professionals in the field.” 

Bachenheimer is the visionary behind the annual Pace Pitch Contest and Business Plan Competition, which he introduced in 2004, shortly after joining the Lubin faculty. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City and has served on the organization’s Global Board. Bachenheimer also serves on the Board of Directors & Advisors of LeadAmerica and has served as a consultant to the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the New York City Economic Development Corp. He founded Annapolis Maritime Corp. and co-founded StockCentral Australia. 

“The Entrepreneurship Lab aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset – a way of thinking and acting that focuses on developing new ways to solve problems and create value,” said Bachenheimer, who drafted the initial proposal of the E- Lab. “These skills are important not only for those seeking to establish a new venture, but are increasingly critical in a wide variety of professional careers given today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, where rapid technological innovation and globalization has led to corporate downsizing and a dramatic change in the very nature of work.”

Bachenheimer began his career as a Wall Street trader then had the courage to take a step back from the rat race and go sailing … for several years. After sailing through the Caribbean to South America, he headed to Annapolis, Maryland, where he launched a business importing teak lumber and taught himself yacht joinery. Bachenheimer then transitioned to a career in high-tech forensic science, where he served as the International Product Manager for an entrepreneurial venture, conducting business in over 20 countries. Several years later, Bachenheimer received the prestigious McKinsey & Company Leadership Scholarship to pursue and MBA degree, which he earned from the Australian Graduate School of Management. While completing his degree, he co-founded StockCentral Australia, which grew to become one of the largest financial websites in the country. A Pace alumni, Bachenheimer earned a BBA, Summa Cum Laude, from the Lubin School of Business.  He was conversational in Japanese and spent a semester at Tsukuba National University in Japan as an undergraduate. 

 About Entrepreneurship Studies in the Lubin School of Business at Pace University

The Entrepreneurship Labs on the New York and Pleasantville campuses (www.pace.edu/entlab) build on Pace’s well-established undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship curriculum and activities such as the Pace Pitch Contest, Business Plan Competition, and Entrepreneur In Residence program. www.pace.edu/entrepreneurship 

About Pace University 

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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NEWS RELEASE: “Pace University Establishes Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation; John Alan James, Recognized International Corporate Governance Leader, Named Executive Director

“At no time in history have international governance and regulation been more important to the business, government and public sector than they are today,” said Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business, in announcing Pace’s new Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation. John Alan James (pictured), an international expert on how corporations are governed, has been named the center’s inaugural executive director. James has over 40 years of experience as an author and consultant in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and as an instructor at leading European business schools such as INSEAD and IMD.

Pace University Establishes Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation

 John Alan James, Recognized International Corporate Governance Leader, Named Executive Director

“Future Business Leaders Must Be Prepared for a Global Regulatory Labyrinth,” Says Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business

Offers Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional Certificate – Classes Begin February 2, 2012 

NEW YORK, NY, January 23, 2012 – At a time when European financial uncertainty is underscoring the impact of international businesses and economies on the U.S., the Lubin School of Business at Pace University has established a Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation.

John Alan (Jack) James, a Lubin professor and major proponent of the teaching of comparative corporate governance, has been named the center’s inaugural executive director. James brings the center over 40 years of experience as an author and consultant in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and as an instructor at leading European business schools including INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires, near Paris), CEI (Centre d’Etudes Industrielles in Geneva, Switzerland), IMD (International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland), and the Northwestern Kellogg European Management Program (Lausanne).  In the United States, he has been a guest lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Northwestern.   

Beginning February 2, the new Lubin center is offering a six-month program leading to a new Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP™) certificate.  The center also is planned to be an academic setting for professional organizations, business leaders and policymakers to exchange views on key issues facing world economies. It will provide thought leadership on current and emerging issues, conducting independent research and disseminating the findings, sponsoring guest speakers, hosting special events and participating in academic and industry conferences.

“At no time in history have international governance and regulation been more important to the business, government and public sector than they are  today,” said Neil S. Braun, the former President of the NBC Television Network and Chairman of Viacom Entertainment who is Lubin’s dean.

“Changes in the already-complex regulatory system are occurring daily in nations around the world,” Braun added. “The European Union is requiring new and tighter regulations, and the meetings of the G-20, the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements, Basel, are introducing numerous new ideas for achieving convergence and establishing a level playing field across the globe. Future business leaders must be prepared for a global regulatory labyrinth, and Lubin is building upon its track record in teaching comparative governance.”

James, an international expert on how corporations are governed, founded Management Counsellors International, S.A., a Belgian corporation, where he advised clients including 50 of the U.S. Fortune 100 major multinational corporations and foreign companies like Fiat, Henkel and Siemens on market entry strategies and operating in “foreign” regulatory environments. He is also the author of over 80 articles and 52 publications.  These include what are believed to be the first publications in English on how corporations are governed in Europe, detailing the stakeholder/workers’ voice approach used by all countries outside the U.S. and the British Commonwealth. 

Recalls James, “These loose-leaf text books were published in a series of three constantly updated versions entitled Company Law and Governance, Labor Law and Industrial Relations, and Employment Law and issued by my own publishing company in Brussels, which in 1979 was sold to Management Centre Europe, the European headquarters of the American Management Association. These ‘best-sellers’ became an important source of information for firms investing in Europe and a basis for integrating governance policies and regulations at the level of the European Commission (EC) — the executive body of the European Union (EU) — and national governments.” 

The new center’s first instructional program, a collaborative venture with the Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA), leads to a certificate as a Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional or CCRP™.  The comprehensive six-month, 75-hour, 25-session course — www.pace.edu/lubin/ccrp — will provide intensive regulatory strategy and compliance training to professionals in global financial services. The first students will include AIBA internal audit, compliance and internal control employees from the association’s membership in nearly 100 branches and agencies of foreign banks doing business in the United States.

James said developing the new CCRP™ program took four professors and eight industry professionals nearly 1,000 hours, adding that it is “the first collaboration by the AIBA with an academic partner.” 

International governance expert, author and global educator

James began his management consulting career with Hewitt Associates in Chicago and McKinsey & Co. in New York City. While consulting in Europe, from 1976 to 1980, he was appointed by Governor Ella Grasso as the State of Connecticut’s first Director of International Business and Economic Development, a part-time position. His activities resulted in moves of a dozen major European firms to build important subsidiaries in the state.

A frequent guest lecturer at business meetings around the world, James co-chaired the first UN conference on multinational companies and multinational trade unions at the International Labour Organization in ILO in Geneva in 1978. He was also an early contributor to the functions of the European Management Forum, now the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos.

A resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut, James earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. In 2003, James joined Lubin as a Professor of Management, creating one of the first graduate business school courses in Comparative Corporate Governance Systems.  He also teaches a course on Regulatory Strategy.

In recent years he has been quoted as an expert source on corporate governance and regulation in such business publications as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Investor’s Business.

Evolution from accounting standards

The new Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation is an outgrowth of Lubin’s Center for the Study of International Accounting Standards, itself an outgrowth of Lubin’s 105-year record as a leader in the teaching of accounting.

The earlier Center sponsored major conferences between 2008 and 2010 on the impending convergence of U.S. and international accounting standards, and developed curriculum segments for Lubin courses on the global spread of such standards. That, in turn, led to a realization that knowledge of international reporting standards alone is not sufficient in the current business environment and that grounding in governance and regulatory compliance also is essential.

“This is one of the essential expertises of the future,” James underscored.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

About Pace University: For 105 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

About The Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA): The AIBA membership consists of internal audit, compliance and internal control professionals of nearly 100 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.  The mission of the AIBA is to foster the professional standing of its members by increasing their knowledge and capacities to carry out their responsibilities with respect to international banking.

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Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 (office) or 917-734-5172 (mobile)

CCRPTM Program Contact: BrianPew, bpew@pace.edu; 212-618-6444

Human Resource Executive Online: “Eurozone Challenges”

The intense economic pressures in the European Union, combined with high unemployment, restrictive labor policies, an aging workforce and high costs of living, offer some key challenges for HR leaders. Intensified workforce planning is crucial advises Ibraiz Tarique, associate professor of human resources management and director of global HRM programs at the Lubin School of Business.

Extreme uncertainty is plaguing employers operating today in the eurozone, as fears of government/bank default, euro breakup, bankruptcies and employee/customer distress continue to percolate.

The eurozone, which is comprised of 17 European Union members that have adopted the euro as their common currency, face some serious challenges as economic conditions continue to unravel.

Ibraiz Tarique, associate professor of human resources management and director of global HRM programs at Pace University in New York, says HR executives face three key challenges when it comes to managing in deteriorating eurozone conditions.

One is the changing psychological contract between employers and employees. Tarique says factors such as high unemployment — especially among the youth — rising levels of poverty and falling real wages are changing the way people view work there.

“For the first time in many years, job insecurity is becoming a reality for many people,” he says in an interview with Human Resource Executive Online. “The traditional European work model can no longer be sustained. It was nice while it lasted, but now there are new realities.”

As a result, there is a shift from “work to live” to “live to work.” This new attitude toward work has implications for HR, mainly in the increased competition among workers. Motivation to learn and develop will be high among workers looking for work.

“HR will have to develop incentive models that focus on what motivates key talent,” he says, adding that — similar to the Western labor markets — boundaries between private and work life will intersect; HR practices that balance work and life will become critical in a labor pool that is used to “life” in the work/life balance equation.

A second major change is occurring in the role of HR — an increased emphasis on the “HR as a broker” model.

Traditionally, Tarique says, the influential and extensive labor laws and regulations in the EU have limited HR’s ability to staff, train and terminate employees. Now, to create jobs and sustain current jobs in an era of limited budgets and resources, governments are looking at ways to deregulate labor markets.

As a result, HR’s role is changing significantly, he says.

For example, one challenge for HR is dealing with the so-called “flexibility-security nexus,” which requires HR leaders to balance increased EU labor-market flexibility — which is necessary to enable global competitiveness — with possible deregulation of employee protections.

“In this context, the role that theHR function plays is mostly of a broker between an organization’s management and the labor force,” Tarique says. “HR has to satisfy three key stakeholders — governments, employers and employees. This is not an easy task.”

Tarique says HR also has an important social role here, as governments most likely will look to organizations — which, in turn, will look to HR to develop policies — to facilitate job creation. For HR, “job design” will become critical.

For example, HR needs to figure out how to design jobs that will increase productivity. There also will be considerable focus on developing pools of contingent or part-time workers, he says.

“HR will have to play a strategic role here and form partnerships with various government agencies,” he says.

Finally, Tarique says, changing labor demographics and retention of talent represent serious challenges. With a projected eurozone negative population growth by 2015-2020, managing an older or aging workforce will be a key hurdle for HR.

“An important issue for HR is to develop policies and practices to motivate and engage the aging workforce,” he says. “Another issue for HR is to design practices that capture, retain and transfer knowledge from an older workforce to other employee groups.”

Tarique adds that eurozone companies may also attract a diverse group of employees from a variety of Asian countries, where population trends are relatively different. With a diverse workforce, HR will need to become a change agent focusing on effective cross-cultural transformations and communications.

On the flip side, he adds, if the current economic decline continues, talent flow out of Europe may become an issue for many organizations, especially at the senior-management level.

“Top talent may flow to Asian-Pacific countries and India,” he says, “so retention of key talent will become an issue for HR.”

Tarique says organizations must also be concerned about the risk of losing key talent when the economic conditions improve, as a shortage of talent at a global level may result in rising voluntary turnover rates in the EU.

“HR will need to be extremely proactive and design retention strategies for an eventual recovery,” he says. “With limited financial resources, HR may have to focus on non-financial rewards to retain and motivate employees.”

 

USA TODAY: “Economists hold big role in EU’s future”

In a USA TODAY story tied to the ascension of “technocrats” in Italy and Greece, Michael Szenberg, a distinguished professor of economics at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, discusses whether economists make good leaders and whether our fiscally challenged times demand this kind of expertise.

As leaders of the European Union meet this week to try to resolve Europe’s debt crisis, economists will play a major role in the success or failure of efforts to prevent the region from lapsing into a deep recession.

From USA Today:

Italy will be represented by Prime Minister Mario Monti, an economist and former EU official who replaced the erratic and flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi last month. On Monday, Monti announced a $41 billion package of new taxes and spending cuts that’s designed to reduce the nation’s debt, the second-largest in the European Union.

Greece will be represented by Lucas Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, appointed interim prime minister last month. He’s negotiating a debt swap agreement with private lenders in hopes of preventing that country’s debt from ballooning to twice the size of its economy. Wednesday, Greek lawmakers approved an austerity budget extending deep spending cuts into next year.

Michael Szenberg, professor of economics at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, argues that Monti and Papademos could be just what Europe needs. Both are unlikely to run for office when their terms expire, which makes them convenient scapegoats for the backlash against cuts in public programs, Szenberg says. “We all have to tighten our belts,” he says. “You blame them — the technocrats.”

Read full article here:

Economists hold big role in EU’s future – USATODAY.com.

WNYC: “The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil” – An Evening of Conversation and Performance

On December 9, “The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil” will examine the country’s astounding transformation in economic prosperity and global infrastructure. Among the featured panelists is Lubin’s Claudia Green, who has made 18 trips to Brazil in the past 11 years, initiating projects in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro.

The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil

In collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival

Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Tickets: $20.00

The Global Salon: Brazil will examine the country’s astounding transformation in economic prosperity and global infrastructure navigated by New York Public Radio Host Eddie Robinson.

The evening includes Conversation and Performance with:

Larry Rohter, Award-winning journalist; New York Times Culture Reporter; former Newsweek correspondent and New York Times bureau chief for the Rio de Janeiro office; author of “Brazil on the Rise”

Helio Alves, Pianist and composer Helio Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro-Neves and Gato Barbieri, to name but a few. And now, with more than 40 recordings as a sideman – and two at the helm of his own ensembles – this incomparable musician is quite deservedly earning respect as a leader too.

Claudia G. Green, Executive Director/Associate Professor, Center for Global Business Programs at Pace University, Lubin School of Business; organizer of “Rio Green Map” initiative on sustainable development in preparation for Rio+20, World Cup 2014, and Olympics 2016; leader of  ‘Amigos Digitais,’ a non-profit that links students in the favellas of Rio with students in the Lower East Side of NYC for cultural and educational exchange

Béco Dranoff, Award-winning music/film producer — Red Hot + Rio; the documentary, “Beyond Ipanema;” and Brazilian radio show, Sonoridade

Nilson Matta, considered one of the greatest bass players in the world and since his arrival in New York in 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. Nilson studied bass at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with Sandrino Santoro, Brazil’s premier classical bass player. Since his arrival in New York 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. His mastery of the instrument and unique sound have earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after players. Throughout his career, Matta has been the “go to” bassist for numerous top musicians from around the globe.

Lidia Santos, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she received a B.A. in Literatures of Portuguese Language from the University of Rio de Janeiro –UFRJ. Her Ph.D in Spanish American Literature was received from the University of São Paulo –USP. Before arriving at the Graduate Center, Prof. Santos taught at Yale University and at the Federal Fluminense University –UFF, in Brazil.

Venue: A new destination for artists and audiences, The Greene Space was created for live performances, signature WNYC radio shows and video webcasts — with concerts, audio theatre, political and cultural discussions, visual arts, public radio events and more.  It is located on the ground floor of WNYC’s new home at 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street).

NEWS RELEASE: The Lubin School of Business at Pace University and the Association of International Bank Auditors Launch Joint Six-Month, 25-Session Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP™) Certificate Program

“We are very excited to partner with Pace’s Lubin School of Business, a leader in advanced management education, in offering this unique Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP™) certificate program to provide intensive regulatory risk management training for industry professionals,” said Steven Lewis, Chairman of the Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA). Classes begin January 19, 2012.

Classes Begin January 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, December 2, 2011 – The Lubin School of Business at Pace University has formed a strategic alliance with the Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA) to offer a Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP) certificate program targeting professionals working in the global financial services industry, including AIBA’s internal audit, compliance and internal control members representing nearly 100 branches and agencies of foreign banks. 

The CCRP™ Program will be the inaugural course offered in the new Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Lubin, which will develop and apply knowledge growing out of the business school’s years of experience with international accounting standards and corporate management. CCRP™ classes begin January 19, 2012, and run Thursday evenings at Pace University’s Midtown Center in the landmark Fred French Building at 551 Fifth Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets. Course details and registration information are at www.pace.edu/lubin/ccrp.

“The complexity of world markets and diverse political systems means managing international business activities is both more important and more difficult than ever,” said Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business and former President of the NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. “It has become evident that planning and execution are as important in matters of risk management and regulatory compliance as they are in the traditional business disciplines. The CCRP™ will provide the analytical framework to enhance management’s ability to anticipate and address a fast changing and increasingly regulated world with specific focus on the international banking industry.”

“We are very excited to partner with Pace’s Lubin School of Business, a leader in advanced management education, in offering this unique program to provide intensive regulatory risk management training for industry professionals,” said Steven Lewis, Chairman of the AIBA.

Among the reasons the industry needs a certification from a well-recognized and highly respected business school such as Lubin, combined with a well-known industry audit and compliance association such as AIBA to administer a value-added certification, are: 

  • Financial institutions are facing an increased regulatory burden both in the U.S. and abroad. Furthermore, the pace of regulatory changes is increasing dramatically.
  • The regulatory compliance market requires a significant set of skills, equaling what is needed in the accounting, finance and legal space.
  • Existing certifications simply do not offer enough depth in their programs to allow the student to possess the knowledge to make an impact in the workforce.
  • Ongoing retraining in this ever-changing environment is critical and must be professionally administered. 

Who Will Benefit 

The Lubin/AIBA CCRP™ Program is designed for all banking professionals who seek a solid understanding of the growing significance of regulation and the need for compliance, including: 

  • Regulators and compliance professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Internal Auditors
  • Risk Decision Makers
  • Accounting and Operational Management

Curriculum  

Course One: Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions

  • Course Introduction and Corporate Governance in the International Banking Industry (1/19/12)
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance: Overview of Key Statutes and Regulatory Agencies (1/26/12)
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) – External Governance vs. Internal Governance – The Role of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, and All Levels of Management (2/2/12)
  • Compliance Risk Management (CRM) and How ERM Affects All Levels of Bank Management (2/9/12)
  • ERM and the Role of Audit (2/16/12)
  • Operational Risk and Compliance Management (2/23/12)
  • Comparing Similarities of the U.S. Regulatory System with Other Key Countries (3/1/12)
  • Summary Session and Course Exam Preparation (3/8/12)

NO CLASS/Spring Break – Take-Home Exam due 3/15/12

Course Two: Regulatory Affairs within International Banking

  • Course Introduction and Regulatory Landscape (3/22/12)
  • Role of Compliance within the Firm (3/29/11)
  • Compliance Risk Assessment – Understanding Key Risk Factors of Complying with Statutes and Regulations to Determine the Risk Level Posed to an International Bank – How Do We Test and Monitor Compliance with Statutes and Regulations Based on Risk? (4/5/12)
  • Key Statutes and Regulations Session I – Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Terrorist Financing (ATF) – Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) / USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, Part 1 (4/12/12)
  • Key Statutes and Regulations Session II – Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Terrorist Financing (ATF) – Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) / USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, Part 2 – U.S. Money Laundering Prevention and Terrorist Financing Directives  vs. the European Union Money Laundering Prevention and Terrorist ML & Financing Directives (4/19/12)
  • Key Statutes and Regulations Session III – Introduction to Project Work/Mentors Introduced  (4/26/12)
  • Role of Technology in Establishing Proper Compliance Programs (5/3/12)

Course Three: Developing and Managing a Banking Compliance Program

  • Course Introduction and Establishing Compliance Policies and Procedures – Reference Manuals to Use as Resource Material – Developing a Compliance Manual – Key Elements for Writing an Effective and Comprehensive Compliance Policy – Key Elements for Writing an Effective and Comprehensive Compliance Procedure – Incorporating  Head Office Policies into U.S. Policies – Continuation of Project Work – Individual Team Project Themes to be submitted (5/10/12)
  • Establishing Compliance Policies & Procedures II – Continuation of Project Work/Creating Specific Policies & Procedures (5/17/12) 
  • Establishing Compliance Policies & Procedures III – Continuation of Project Work (5/24/12)
  • Preparation and Conduct during a Regulatory Examination (5/31/12)
  • Delivery of Preliminary Reports by Project Working Groups with Mentors (6/7/12)
  • Enforcement Actions (6/14/12)
  • Presentation of Final Project Report, Written & Oral, to Board with Mentors (6/21/12)
  • Final Examination Preparation (6/28/12)
  • NO CLASS/Fourth of July Weekend (7/5/12)
  • Final Examination (7/12/12)

For roughly the last third of the program, each student will participate in a practical project, mentored by experienced practitioners.

Faculty

A combination of distinguished academics and seasoned compliance and regulatory professionals has developed the curriculum and will be teaching the classes, enriched by guest speakers from relevant industries. 

The CCRP™ certificate will be awarded to those participants who successfully complete the program in a continuous six-month period and pass the CCRP™ exam. While weekly attendance is strongly encouraged, lectures will be videotaped and archived online for later viewing if occasional business travel takes a student out of town.

Tuition

$2,500 per CCRP™ Program Course and a $400 fee for administration of the CCRP™ Certification Examination. Each CCRP™ Program Participant will also be responsible for an application fee of $70. CCRP™ Program Participants will be personally responsible for the cost of textbooks and other CCRP™ Program Course related materials.

About The Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation (CGGRR) at Lubin

CGGRR sponsors research and discussion on the development and implementation of global financial reporting standards, regulatory compliance and governance.  It also develops programs to develop proficiencies and expertise in these areas and hosts conferences and events on relevant topics featuring leaders in these fields. CGGRR originated as the Center for the Study of International Accounting Standards, and evolved into its current iteration as a natural progression. Reporting standards alone are not sufficient in the current global business environment; governance and regulatory compliance are essential in international business.

About the Lubin School of Business and Pace University

Founded in 1906, Pace University has nearly 13,000 students across six schools. Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at both the suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance—all designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

About The Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA): The AIBA membership consists of internal audit, compliance and internal control professionals of nearly 100 branches and agencies of foreign banks.  The mission of the AIBA is to foster the professional standing of its members by increasing their knowledge and capacities to carry out their responsibilities with respect to international banking.

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 Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 (office) or 917-734-5172 (mobile)

 CCRP™ Program Contact: BrianPew, bpew@pace.edu; 212-618-6444

MEDIA ALERT: Tuesday, Dec 13 at 7 PM – “The Global Marketplace: Challenges & Opportunities” – An Inside Track Event with Pace President Stephen J. Friedman and Mario J. Gabelli, Institutional Investor’s “Money Manager of the Year”

Get the “INSIDE TRACK” on the global marketplace with Pace President Stephen J. Friedman and Award-Winning Money Manager Mario Gabelli. Gabelli’s firm returned 28.6% for institutional clients in 2010, and has generated annualized returns of 16.3% since 1977.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 7:00 PM, NYC CAMPUS

INSIDE TRACK WITH PRESIDENT STEPHEN J. FRIEDMAN

 Institutional Investor’s “Money Manager of the Year”

Mario J. Gabelli discusses:

” The Global Marketplace: Challenges & Opportunities”

 Gabelli’s firm returned 28.6% for institutional clients in 2010,

has generated annualized returns of 16.3% since 1977 

 

When: Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Where: Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://bit.ly/qxH0g3

Who: Mario J. Gabelli, one of the leading investors of our time in a compelling discussion on the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s global marketplace. Gabelli is the founder, Chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), with $31.3 billion in assets under management, a widely recognized provider of investment advice and financial services to alternative investments, mutual funds, institutional, and high net worth investors. GAMCO returned 28.6% for institutional clients in 2010, and since inception in 1977 has generated annualized returns of 16.3%.

Gabelli is a frequent commentator on CNBC and CNN and in financial print media including Institutional Investor, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Money and Changing Times. In April, Institutional Investor selected Gabelli as “Money Manager of the Year.”

Inside Track with President Stephen J. Friedman brings renowned thought leaders and policymakers into engaging conversations on critical issues with Pace’s president, a former senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury; executive vice president at The Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc., and U.S. Supreme Court law clerk. Each guest’s presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session including questions from the audience.

RSVP: The event is free and open to the public and the Pace community. Media admission by press passes. Please register in advance online at www.pace.edu/insidetrack.

Furthermore: Among Gabelli’s ace stock pickers is a team called FOCUS FIVE which selects five stocks every quarter that should outperform the market in a significant way. The group has an impressive performance record – beating the market averages each quarter. Since FOCUS FIVE’s inception on January 31, 2006, its stock bets have risen over 200% versus about 4.5% for the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. FOCUS FIVE’S stock picks for the current quarter are:

  • Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ) – one of the world’s largest uranium producers.
  • Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) –  a world leader in the supply of driveline products
  • Southwest Gas Corporation (NYSE: SWX) – a natural gas provider to more than 1.8 million customers
  • Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) – next generation wireless
  • Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL) – a spin-out of ITT’s water unit.

Gabelli’s long term philosophy is to “use the news of the day as a tailwind for your investment future,” managing investments against long-term trends in world affairs. GAMCO Investors, Inc. is best known for research-driven, value-oriented equity investing expertise based on the principles of Graham & Dodd — that is, investing in undervalued companies that have a high probability of achieving their intrinsic or private value over time.

 Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172