The Midwest Academy of Management held its annual conference on Oct. 26-30. Originally scheduled to be held at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, the conference was held virtually due to COVID-19.

Dr. Jennifer Schultz, DBA faculty, was the co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium on the opening day. Dr. Michelle Weiser, dean of Saint Mary’s School of Business and Technology, provided an opening welcome to the session. Dr. Matt J. Nowakowski was a session moderator. Dr. Nancy Johnson, alumna of the program, presented a talk titled “Effective and Efficient! Tools and Tips for Managing Your Dissertation Research.”

A panel of current Saint Mary’s DBA alumni and students presented a discussion titled “It’s a Small, Small World: International Student Success in Uncertain Times.” The students and alumni comprising the panel were:

  • Belinda Gardner
  • Akin Falade
  • Dr. Hui Wang
  • Abisola Femi-Jegede
  • Dr. Wei Zhang
  • Divine Ningue Arpellet
  • Gina Muigai
  • Bayogar Anthony McCritty
  • Cecilia Mutharia

The HR Symposium featured a panel presentation titled “Finding an Academic Appointment in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous World.” The presenters included:

  • Jennifer L. Schultz
  • Matt J. Nowakowski
  • Michele L. Heath, Cleveland State University
  • Tim O. Peterson, North Dakota State University
  • Ronda M. Smith, Ball State University
  • Phil Thompson, Virginia Tech

Saint Mary’s DBA students Danielle Ailts Campeau and Nathaniel Siats moderated the panel. Danielle Ailts Campeau also presented a paper at the conference titled “Effects of Entrepreneurship Training Participation On Startup Performance.” Dr. Schultz also presented a professional development workshop titled “Still Getting The Job Done (despite The Storm): Female Perspectives On Navigating Insecurities, Social Unrest, Isolation, Education, Inaccessible Self-Care, and The Possibility of Forever Remote Inside The Covid-19 Pandemic” with faculty from other institutions.

Two DBA students moderated content-area sessions at the conference. Abisola Femi-Jegede was the session moderator for “Exploring Some New Ideas.” Belinda Gardner moderated the session “An Interest in Cities, Shopping Malls, and Billing.”

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