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Leadership in a Time of Global Crises: Overcoming Obstacles

Join us for the Climate Careers Symposium series to explore how climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic will impact careers.

The series continues on December 2nd with a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Amy Hungerford, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Hungerford will address the obstacles and challenges to career development, as well as the opportunities, in a time of unprecedented change as professionals are confronted by needs for disciplinary breadth, collaborative skills and global perspectives.

Professor Hungerford will be in conversation with an esteemed panel of guest speakers in environmental journalism, applied analytics, information and knowledge strategy, negotiation and conflict resolution and sustainability science. The panel will grapple with some of today’s most pressing questions such as:

  • What are some of the professional and personal challenges of leading in a time of crisis, including for example, global pandemics and political conflict?
  • What are the risks and opportunities presented by the rise of social media, and how are cultural transformations affecting constructive leadership in uncertain times?
  • How should leaders respond to diverse perspectives and contradictory goals when formulating institutional visions and implementing strategies in response to global challenges?


About the Series

The School of Professional Studies is convening a series of talks and panels offering diverse perspectives on how global-scale challenges will influence future careers. The first session was held on October 29. Led by Sir Alex Halliday, the panel explored the impact of a changing climate on the shifting landscape for careers in urban planning, public health and social equity. Visit

Guest Speakers

Amy Hungerford, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Dean of Faculty and Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Siddhartha Dalal, Ph.D., Professor of Professional Practice, Applied Analytics master's program, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University

Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., Academic Director, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master's program and Vice-Chair of Faculty, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University 

Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., Lecturer, Information and Knowledge Strategy master's program, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University; CEO, Knowledge Strategies, LLC and former Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA

Andrew Revkin, Founding Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability and Producer and Host of the Sustain What webcast, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Arthur Lerner-Lam, Ph.D., Academic Director, Sustainability Science master's program, School of Professional Studies, and Deputy Director, Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Q&A Moderated by Beth Semaya, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Interim Program Director, Information and Knowledge Strategy master's program, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University


For questions, please contact Beth Semaya, Ph.D. at bag14 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

For additional information about program offerings at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or inquire [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Click on speaker profiles for more information.