Dr. Noam Wasserman Speaks about Entrepreneurship

Teamwork related, vector illustration concept for application and website development. The illustration contains business people, employees, clients, men and woman characters.On April 15, 2021, Dr. Noam Wasserman, dean of the Sy Syms School of Business, participated in “Entrepreneurship 2021: Learning From the Past and Present So We Can Shape the Future,” an Executive Briefing sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center (GIC), whose mission is to “engage renowned experts in their fields to identify emerging economic, financial, and social issues vital to the interdependent global community and share our findings with policymakers and the press worldwide.” GIC’s goal is to promote “global partnerships among government officials, financial ministers, businesses leaders and academic researchers.”

Dr. Wasserman, along with Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah, spoke about how each of their programs goes about teaching people to be successful entrepreneurs. They emphasized the importance of learning how to bounce back from failure (since failure is, by their admission, the default outcome of most business startup endeavors), resist the impulse to build teams with like-minded individuals (what Dr. Wasserman called “homophily”) in order to increase diversity of thought and action, and not let passion govern decision-making.

Watch a replay of the discussion.

This event was held in partnership with Yeshiva University and supported by the generosity of the estate of David Drelich, MD, CFP, which is proud to promote such events in his honor and memory.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Noam Wasserman is the dean of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. Before becoming dean in mid-2019, he was a professor of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and a chaired professor and founding director of a center at the University of Southern California. He has written two bestselling books that have won international awards, has had his research published in top academic journals (e.g., Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science), and has written multiple features and columns for the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Inc. magazine.

Troy D’Ambrosio is currently the executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. The Institute has guided over numerous student and faculty startup companies from idea to launch – involving students along every stage of the process. He is co-founder, officer and director of multiple start-up companies, which attracted over $500 million in capital. He has served as the vice president of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication for American Stores Company, an NYSE listed company, and the director of Mutual Fund Operations for Wasatch Advisors. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1982 and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.