Dec 8, 2003 — Contemporary Problems in Businesss, an undergraduate course, features a free exchange of ideas between students and heads of major corporations. Speakers address challenges and initiatives instrumental to their success, and their thoughts on what qualities help shape future leaders.
Each Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm, starting January 30, 2004, in Jerome and Geraldine Schottenstein Residence Hall, 119-121 East 29th Street in Manhattan, a distinguished business leader presents issues confronting his or her industry. Students recieve three credits for this entrepreneurial seminar course, a vital component of SSSB’s Rennert Entrepreneurial Insitute, endowed by Ira L. Rennert, a noted Jewish communal leader and chairman and CEO of the Renco Group, a private holding company for industrial product companies.
The program, in its ninth year and known as the Doris and Dr. Ira Kukin Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, is named for it Benefactors. Dr Kukin, vice chairman of Yeshiva University’s Board of Trustees, was a founding member of SSSB’s Board of Directors, and his wife is a member of the Stern College for Women Board of Directors. Dr. Kukin is founder of Apollo Technologies International Corp. in Livingston, NJ.
Senior Executives, CEO’s and entrepreneurs will present issues and challenges that confront their industry and share their views on how to maintain a competitive advantage. Dr. Lawrence Bellman will coordinate the class. Among the corporate executives scheduled to appear are:
Feb. 6 – Jerry Levin, Chairman/CEO, American Household, Inc. (Sunbeam)
A self-prescribed “corporate doctor,” Mr. Levin, the former Chairman/CEO of Revlon, was brought in to revitalize one of the leading companies offering irons, electric blankets, blenders and barbecue grills.
Feb. 13 – Jay Foreman, CEO, Play Along
What do Britney Spears dolls, Spice Girls dolls, Care Bear and Cabbage Patch dolls all have in common? They are or will be marketed by Mr. Foreman’s firm; started in 1999 and will exceed $150mm in worldwide sales in 2003.
Feb. 20 – Jeffrey S. Himmel, Chairman, Himmel Equities
How would you like to acquire the brand names Ovaltine, Breck Shampoo, Gold Bond Medicated Powder, when they were “dormant” and bring them back to life and profitability? This is Mr. Himmel’s specialty.
Feb. 20 - Joel Mael, Vice Chairman, Florida Marlins.
March 12 - Dr. Henry Kressel, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus.
March 19 – Deborah I. Fine, President, Avon Future
This is Avon’s ground breaking new business created exclusively to reach young women worldwide and offer them an entrepreneurial opportunity to own their own beauty business.
March 26 – Peter Morgan Kash, Co-Founder & Sr. Mng. Dir., Paramount Capital
From Brooklyn to the Israeli army to the world of venture capital, Mr. Kash’s firm is involved in the promotion of biotech projects that have made a huge difference in people’s lives.
April 16 – Jackie Teplitzky, Exec. VP, Douglas Elliman
Jackie has consistently generated over $50 million in annual real estate sales. She was born in Chile, raised in Israel, and speaks English, Hebrew, and Spanish.
April 23 – Raphael Benaroya, President/Chairman, United Retail Group
The leading specialty retailer of AVENUE® apparel for large-size women and CLOUDWALKERS.COM® women’s shoes with over 500 stores and outlets.
April 30 – Morry Weiss, Chairman, American Greeting Cards Co.
American Greetings operates wholly owned subsidiaries throughout the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. The Company also has majority ownership of S.A. Greetings in South Africa.
No prerequisites: Open to all business and liberal arts students with upper class standing. To accommodate all students, the class will be offered at the Midtown Campus. Van transportation both ways will be available from the Wilf Campus.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Wilf Campus, 960-0845, BH- 412, Midtown Campus, 917-326-4842,
Dr. Lawrence Bellman, BH-407, MID-332, 212-960-0124