Date: Mar 02, 2021Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Transformation in Times of Crisis: Eight Principles for Creating Opportunities and Value in the Post-Pandemic World (virtual)

Tue, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Zoom Webinar (Information to be sent to Registrants)
General PublicFinance


The coronavirus pandemic is the kind of unpredictable, global catastrophe of staggering proportions that comes perhaps once in a hundred years. What started out as health crisis, has quickly developed into an economic crisis spurring social unrest across the world. And yet, despite the widespread distress, the picture is more complex than it may seem. For some companies, the crisis has and continues to, provide opportunities for new growth.

Every crisis while deeply unsettling, contains the seeds of opportunity. Nitin Rakesh, a visionary business leader and CEO of Mphasis and Jerry Wind, an award winning academician, Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at Wharton will discuss their book ‘Transformation in Times of Crisis’ to help individuals and businesses transform any crisis into opportunities by applying the eight principles and an analytical framework to their own unique situation. To help one navigate crises in the post-pandemic world, the authors will outline the principles and tools in the book, and guide one through the current crisis and prepare business leaders for the future by transforming the way they think and work and seek out opportunities for long-term value creation.

Participants must register by March 1st to receive details on joining the discussion.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Jerry Wind

Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

Jerry Wind (Author) is an internationally renowned and award-winning academician, and currently the Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He joined Wharton in 1967 with a doctorate from Stanford and took an emeritus status in 2017. His pioneering research on organizational buying behavior, market segmentation, conjoint analysis, and marketing strategy has resulted in him being one of the most cited authors in marketing. He is also a prolific writer, having authored and edited 30 books, published over 300 articles and edited top marketing journals. Among his many innovations at Wharton, he led the development of Wharton Executive MBA, the Lauder Institute and Wharton School Publishing. He also founded and directed for three decades the Wharton Think Tank – the Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management – whose mission was to ensure the relevance of management research and education to the evolving needs of business and society in the 21st century.


Nitin Rakesh

Chief Executive Officer, Mphasis

Nitin Rakesh (Author) is the CEO of Mphasis. His career spans over two decades leading large transnational operations and delivering transformative digital solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Coupled with his deep domain expertise in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance verticals, strong customer orientation and an entrepreneurial mindset, he has been able to bring cutting-edge offerings consistently to accelerate value creation for customers, shareholders and employees. Notably, it has led to the introduction of Mphasis’ C=X2C2=1TM formula for success, (hyper-personalization; drive n=1 powered by Cloud & Cognitive); driving multi-dimensions of business value with an integrated consumer-centric Front2BackTM Digital Transformation driven by IP assets which resulted in the remarkable turnaround of Mphasis into a leading global software services firm. Earlier, as the Founding CEO and Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company, he led the launch of many award winning innovative investment products, including India’s first US equities-based Exchange Traded Fund that tracks the NASDAQ-100 index.


Hemali Dassani, MBA '99

Hemali Dassani (MBA ’99) is an experienced fundraiser and investor relations professional within the alternative investments space and is currently a placement agent and consultant to multiple Private Equity funds. Hemali was previously Director of Investor Relations for Argand Partners and Castle Harlan, middle market private equity funds. Hemali was also a Managing Director with Old City Investment Partners, a multi-family office dedicated to finding high quality investments for the firm’s clientele of family office investors. Ms. Dassani has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. She was President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and currently sits on the Board of the Club and Chair’s its racial equity task force. Previously she sat on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association and the Steering Committee for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association.

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Date: Mar 02, 2021Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Zoom Webinar (Information to be sent to Registrants)1460 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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  • Free / Patron Members (please contact
  • 25 / General Public
  • 20 / Alumni Non-Members


Judith Allen, Lockie Andrews, Amy Binder, Rebecca Binder, Kalappa Bittianda, Edward Casal, Jenn Chao, Nageswar Cherukupalli, Charles Collier, Dara Cook, Hemali Dassani, Thomas Devine, Vishal Dhanuka, Diegane Dione, Elizabeth Fairfax Brown, Juan-Manuel Fernandez Cortina, Irwin Friedman, Mary Henry, Jonathan Herne, Jeffrey Houle, Marie Konstance, Rob Lederer, Dede McMahon, Barrie Moskowitz, Patrick O'Hanlon, Carina Palfenier, Devyani Patel, Mayuri Patel, Natasha Pearl Stowe, Jan Postma, Kenneth Powell, Ruichen Qian, Nicholas Sakellariadis, Ava Seave, Bhavna Sethi, Al Sharif, Anne Stanton, Kenneth Tatum, Jignasha Thakkar, Ajay Thakur, Aaron Thammavongxay, Shreesh Tiwari, Siby Vadakekkara, Karen Vardanyan, Harry Wilson, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg


Hemali Dassani, MBA '99

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1460 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036