Insights Corner

Feed your curiosity and imagination to be more creative and innovative. USC Marshall Executive Education’s INSIGHTS Corner covers a range of topics in our Lifelong Learning Video & Podcast Series as well as Professional Development Webinars to help you navigate these business times and stay ready for what’s next.

Watch at your leisure and share the experience with your colleagues and contacts.


Lifelong Learning Series

This series explores the importance of lifelong learning on sustaining career success. The series also examines how learning impact is a differentiator when choosing learning content. Additionally, three Marshall School faculty share insights on highly relevant research areas critical for today’s successful leader.

Produced by Executive Education, this series is available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.




In this first episode of our LIFELONG LEARNING series, Andy Storch sits down with USC Marshall School of Business Dean Geoffrey Garrett to discuss the Role of Higher Learning and why Executive Education is so important in today’s marketplace. 

I think what that means is that the opportunities in the business world are unlimited. So, I think what we’re seeing at exactly the same time as technology is driving unlimited opportunity. It’s also increasing business responsibility exponentially. Business is more accountable for more stuff to more people than ever before,” – Dean Garrett.  

Dr. Geoffrey Garrett holds the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and is Professor of Management and Organization. He previously served as dean of the Wharton School from 2014 until 2020.

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In this episode Tim Blakesly, USC Marshall Executive Education Assistant Dean, discusses High Impact Learning Journeys.

“We constantly need to be evolving ourselves and staying current,” says Tim Blakesly. “From early-career all the way to CEOs business professionals are thinking about what is that ‘next job opportunity’ and how to stay ready for what’s next.”

Specializing in leadership development, Tim Blakesly, Assistant Dean of Executive Education, has worked with executives and leaders in some of the world’s leading organizations — spanning multiple sectors including biotech, energy, technology, healthcare, finance, pharmaceutical, and in both profit and non-profit organizations.

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“At the root of a humanistic leadership is the question that elevates the level of anxiety significantly. ‘Who are you and what is your purpose?’ People are not accustomed to that kind of self-exploration, that self-reflection, that creates the self-awareness,”  – Terry Wolfe, Executive Director at USC Marshall Executive Education.

Terance Wolfe, Executive Director at Executive Education, is known for his work in strategic planning, executive development through team building and coaching, and organizational assessment and change. Also a professor at Marshall’s MBA programs, Wolfe’s current interests are strategic mindsets, the development of strategic sense-making, and dimensions of high performance management. 



“Inter-group contact is very helpful. It’s something that can reduce bias and change the association that you have with different groups. But if your organization tries to teach the theories without really committing to creating an actual diverse and safe environment, it is difficult to improve the corporate culture.” – Sarah Townsend, Associate Professor.

Sarah Townsend, Interim Assistant Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Management and Organization, studies the psychological foundations of inequality. Her research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural norms collide with the dominant cultural norms of organizations.



“Purpose absolutely provides a kind of mechanism that helps fired up, motivate, and engages the workforce. Embedding purpose in the way that you lead employees, and especially during times of change, can deliver significant company loyalty.” – Nate Fast, Associate Professor.

Nathanael Fast, Associate Professor of Management and Organization, studies the underpinnings of power and influence in organizations and society. His research examines the psychological determinants and consequences of hierarchy, social networks, and new technology adoption, with implications for the future of work.



“When we look at the landscape and we think about what careers are going to be here in 20, 30, 40 years from now many of the jobs are something that can be automated,” says Cheryl Wakslak, Associated Professor. “But creativity is an integral part of Humanistic Leadership is vital to business professionals as well as organizational success.”

Associate Professor of Management and Organization & McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration, much of Cheryl Wakslak’s recent research looks at communication, exploring when people use more “big-picture” abstract language versus more specific language, and how this influences the way they are perceived by others.

Insights Webinars 

Watch these professional development insights delivered by USC Marshall faculty and industry experts. Feel free to share them with your team, colleagues and contacts.


Innovation: Coverting Challenge into Opportunity

Mentoring Connections Reimagined for the Workplace of Now

What Does Society Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter? Let’s Talk

What Does Society Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter? Let’s Act

Business Strategy and Navigating Massive Risk and Change

Optimizing Culture in Times of Crisis

Managing Biases; Unlocking Curiosity: Learn how to put curiosity, an active seeking orientation, into practice

Maximizing Remote Work: Partnered with CultureSync, we give you best practices and tactics

Leading Virtual Teams: Let us help you lead to success as staff work from home during difficult times

Maintaining Performance Engagement: Examine leadership frameworks and techniques for the changed workplace

The Power of Mindfulness: Resiliency & Realignment