Bridging Practice and Theory Summit

2016 Summit

Drexel LeBow’s 6th annual, one-day Thomas J. Hindelang Business Professor Teaching Summit took place on May 19, 2016.

Business educators from colleges throughout the mid-Atlantic came together to explore the power of collaborative partnerships among research, teaching, experiential learning and the business community. Attendees included professors, PhD students, select undergraduate students and staff.

Practice to Theory Session

Kyra Kaszynski is Deloitte Services Limited’s Strategy and Relationship Executive for the United Nations. In her role with the United Nations (UN) system, Kyra manages Deloitte’s relationships for paid and pro-bono projects around sustainable development and humanitarian innovation as well as traditional financial and consulting services. Through this role she has become an expert on public–private partnerships for social impact and regularly participates in convening sessions to discuss how business can help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kyra began her career at Deloitte as a marketing manager. Prior to her role with the UN, she helped to develop and manage Deloitte’s first global innovation program. Her passion lies at the intersection of her work with the UN and innovation to build, grow and lead programs at organizations committed to achieving social impact while increasing revenue.

Before joining Deloitte, Kyra worked at start-ups and small companies in a variety of industries including technology, life sciences, and entertainment. She built her strategy and marketing skills as the founder and president of Eye Music and later sharpened her communications skills at Burson-Marsteller.

Kyra’s desire to achieve social impact led her to be a founding board member of YouthAssets, a non-profit dedicated to serving orphans and vulnerable children in Southern Africa by leveraging mobile technology. She recently joined the advisory board for Camp Sojourner, a nonprofit leadership program for girls.

Kyra holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.

Recent speaking engagements have included the following:

  • Panelist, “Convening sessions on the role of the entrepreneur in the UN’s post-2015 development goals” at the United Nations Foundation
  • Moderator, “Why Humanitarian Innovation Matters” for UNHCR’s 2015 Innovation Jam at Georgetown University.
  • Moderator, “Scaling Innovations to Change Lives” for HumTech2015 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

For more information on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals please refer to the following:
UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN Global Compact
Business and the SDGs

Theory to Practice Session

Patricia “Trish” Oelrich, PhD, CPA, CISA, Principal at Oelrich and Associates, LLC delivers unique insights that bring people, technology, and organizational systems together. Dr. Oelrich is an invaluable resource for helping companies create strategies that deal with the risks that emerge as business reinvents itself in a digital world.

With a focus on moving to the emerging global marketplace, she guides the conversation and inspires others to think more broadly about the impact of technology, the importance of building a moral and ethical culture, forming a balanced approach to enterprise and social risk management, and addressing cyber security risks. She has expertise in enterprise risk management, IT Security, social media, accounting, auditing, financial reporting and IT strategy.

Most recently, as Vice President of Global IT Risk Management at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and member of the CIO management team, Dr. Oelrich was influential in guiding the organization’s technology strategy. In this role, she created a forward-thinking vision for risk management, bringing together IT security, data information protection, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, privacy, regulatory compliance, and Sarbanes-Oxley. This resulted in a more transparent global view of risk mitigation and an improved risk profile. Dr. Oelrich gained extensive international experience working in other countries throughout her career at the pharmaceutical company.

Previously, at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Oelrich had worldwide responsibility as the Vice President of Internal Audit. She transformed a traditional audit function to a risk - based and value - added audit and consulting function. Dr. Oelrich built a high performance team that was recognized as advisors throughout the company on strategic business issues. She was also instrumental in initiating the first corporate ethics and compliance function at SmithKline Beecham. Earlier, she rose through the ranks of Ernst & Young to Partner & Practice Leader, where she headed the leading-edge Information Systems Audit and IT Security Practice in Chicago as well as serviced audit clients across industries with emphasis on large financial institutions and insurance companies. Dr. Oelrich has been cleared from any independence concerns with E&Y clients.

Dr. Oelrich, a CPA, holds a BBA in Accounting and Information Systems, an MA and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, focused on moral and ethical behavior in the use of social technologies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the FHLB – Office of Finance and Pepco Holdings, a Fortune 500 company. She is a faculty member for Drexel University Director’s Academy. Dr. Oelrich also has been active on various industry and not-for-profit boards as Treasurer and committee chair.

Moderators:

Patricia Q. Connolly, Executive Director of Drexel LeBow’s Center for Corporate Governance, is an executive with notable success guiding discussions on how to lead and govern in the 21st century. Ms. Connolly’s background is a rare blend of corporate and nonprofit leadership. During her early career, she advanced through a series of positions at financial services firm PNC Financial Corp, culminating with her role as Vice President for the firm’s retail and private banking group. Ms. Connolly then applied her business acumen to the nonprofit sector, holding executive roles at prominent institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since 2008, Ms. Connolly has served as Executive Director for Drexel University’s Center for Corporate Governance. Although situated in the academic arena, she has been heavily involved with the for-profit sector while consulting various Boards of Directors. Regarded as an influential thought leader, she enjoys the chance to guide companies through pivotal decisions and periods of major change.

Teresa Harrison, Associate Dean, LeBow College of Business and Associate Professor in the School of Economics, is an applied microeconomist with interests in nonprofit and hospital behavior. Several of Dr. Harrison’s papers explore organizational differences between nonprofits and for-profits and the possible consequences for market structure. She has also examined how tax policies affect the location decisions of nonprofit organizations. She has recently gained interest in translating her work into actionable research such that nonprofit practitioners can use the findings to make meaningful changes in the structure of their organization and therefore in their communities.

Blending Theory and Practice Session

Rebekka Shepherd is an Assistant Director of the Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning at the LeBow College of Business. In this role she oversees the College’s project based business consulting curriculum, faculty, and embedded experiential opportunities. Rebekka also supports the College’s faculty and administrators in externally funded research initiatives.

Panelists:

Leslie Kendrick, Senior Lecturer, Center for Leadership Education at Johns Hopkins University
Following 12 years of experience as a marketing practitioner, Leslie has taught Marketing Principles and upper-level undergraduate marketing courses since 2002 in JHU’s Center for Leadership Education’s Entrepreneurship & Management Program. In addition to teaching, she is the faculty sponsor for all undergraduate business internships. She is currently a member of the American Marketing Association’s Collegiate Chapters Council and is the Advisor for the JHU undergraduate AMA. Leslie’s case, “BP’s Deepwater Horizon: Ethics and Environmental Effects” appears in Kerin and Hartley’s Marketing. Leslie holds an MBA from Loyola College and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.

Kimberly Kletcheck Hart, Audit Senior Manager for KPMG LLP
Kim Hart began her career at KPMG in 2006. Kim began facilitating trainings in 2010 and has been a part of the KPMG Business School since 2013. She designs, develops, and deploys learning solutions for all levels of audit professionals. Her experience ranges from in-person programs to web-based trainings, as well as tools and methods for ongoing learning. Kim is a CPA and a graduate of Rider University.

Chris Lindberg, Managing Director: North America for Ennea International
Christopher Lindberg has more than 20 years of management and leadership experience. His background consists of team and leadership consulting; executive business/relationship management; and global real estate administration. Mr. Lindberg is currently an adjunct professor at Villanova University, where he received his Executive MBA in 2014, and also at Drexel University, where he received his BSBA in 1994. He is currently the VP of Education, Villanova EMBA Alumni Association and has been guest lecturing at Drexel since 1995.

Scarlett McCahill, Social Enterprise Manager for Project HOME
Scarlett McCahill started her career in Teach for America with a two-year volunteer commitment and then taught literacy and social sciences in Philadelphia for six years. After that, she joined the staff of Project HOME, an organization working to end homelessness and interrupt the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia, initially working in civil rights and voter protection. When Project HOME looked to expand employment opportunities and job training for residents, Scarlett piloted new programs for workforce development as Social Enterprise Manager. In that role, she now manages a group of businesses that provide job training in a supportive environment for people who were homeless. Scarlett attended Saint Joseph’s University, and later, at University of Pennsylvania, she earned a masters degree in urban education.