We may not be able to host live events at the moment, but the Cass community of academics, business leaders and alumni are fully active online. Our calendar of webinars, podcasts and videos will guide you through this uncertain period with insights, advice and news on business and careers related topics.

Our Food for Thought series offers short interview and Q&A sessions with industry leaders every Wednesday at 1pm, Curious Careers is a series of bite-sized interviews showcasing the career and professional development opportunities available through Cass and Cass Perspectives is a series of masterclasses from Cass experts looking at the impact of Covid-19.

Food for Thought series

Bite-sized insights from our experts & industry leaders

A weekly webinar series hosted by Bayes Business School faculty.

During the summer, we miss our students, alumni, colleagues, and friends – that’s why we are bringing back our Food for Thought webinar series. The FFT webinars create an occasion for us to come together once a week and discuss important current affairs, our latest research, and insights from industry leaders.

We promise to keep it short: Every session will start with a 15-minute talk or interview, followed by 15-minute live Q&A with you.

Join us every Wednesday at 1 PM (BST) for your weekly serving of “Food for Thought”!

Upcoming

How to Thrive in a World Obsessed with Work - 1st September

  • Guest: Rahaf Harfoush, Author, Hustle & Float: Reclaim Your Creativity and Thrive in a World Obsessed with Work
  • Hosted by Professor André Spicer

What?

If a worker from the early 1900s were to travel through time and observe our modern, innovation-driven economies, they would be flabbergasted. So much of our work has become automated and digitised. Our documents, our machine buttons, so many of our assets are dematerialised. We meet virtually, zooming in from different time zones from around the world. And yet, many knowledge workers still impose productivity standards and schedules that mimic our industrial past.

In this webinar, Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Anthropologist, Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, will share insights from her latest New York Times Best-Selling book, titled “Hustle & Float: Reclaim Your Creativity and Thrive in a World Obsessed with Work.” Rahaf will share what she’s learned about workplace culture and challenge our preconceived notions about what it means to be productive and successful in today’s day and age.

Who?

Rahaf Harfoush is a Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and New York Times Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. She is the Executive Director of the Red Thread Institute of Digital Culture and teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Politique’s School of Management and Innovation in Paris. She is currently working on her fourth book. Rahaf is a member of France’s National Digital Council. In 2021 she joined The Oxford Internet Institute as a Visiting Policy Fellow.

Andre Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bayes Business School. He is author of The Stupidity Paradox, Business Bullsh*t, and Desperate Seeking Self Improvement. Friendly guy who likes chatting to people, so hosting a webinar series is a dream come true.

Women in Leadership: Where do we stand? - 8th September

  • Guest: Denise Wilson, OBE, CEO of the Hampton-Alexander Review.
  • Hosted by Dr Sonia Falconieri

What?

As ministers just announced the relaunch of the Hampton-Alexander review, we will be in conversation with Denise Wilson, OBE, and CEO of the review to reflect on the progress made over the past 5 years to increase female representation on corporate boards, and the challenges the relaunched review will tackle in the next few years to promote the appointment of women to top leadership roles in corporations.

Who?

Denise Wilson, OBE, is the Chief Executive of the Hampton-Alexander Review. She has served as a Non-Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends and member of the Royal Academy Audit Committee. Her previous appointments include Chief Executive of the Davies Review and various senior executive roles at National Grid, BG Group and British Gas. She is a business coach, mentor and passionate supporter of women in business.

Sonia Falconieri is a Reader in Finance at Bayes Business School and the course director of its flagship MSc in Finance. She is an expert in Corporate Finance and has studied the impact of quotas on diversity and performance of corporate boards. Her work was included in the first Hampton-Alexander review.

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Anthro-Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life

  • Guest: Dr Gillian Tett, Author and editor-at-large, Financial Times
  • Hosted by Dr Daniel Beunza

What?

In an age when the business world is dominated by technology and data analysis, award-winning financial journalist and anthropology PhD Gillian Tett presents a radically different strategy for success: businesses can revolutionize their understanding of behavior by studying consumers, markets, and organizations through an anthropological lens.

Who?

Dr Gillian Tett is chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues and co-founded the bi-weekly Moral Money FT newsletter. She is also the author of three books. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. She may be most famous for having correctly predicted the 2008 financial crisis.

Daniel Beunza is Associate Professor in Management at the Business School and leads the MSc in Management. Daniel's research aims to better understand and improve the management of banks on Wall Street and the City of London. His latest book, Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room was published by Princeton University Press in September 2019.

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Bayesian thinking and storytelling with numbers

What?

Numbers are often used to tell a good story! But, if used unwisely, they can twist messages and mislead audiences. So, what are the most important dos and don’ts when reporting numbers in a story? Moreover, how can we hone our skills to catch statistical lies? Join Tom Chivers, science writer, author, and Science Editor at Unherd for a discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly practices of using statistics in writing.

Who?

Tom Chivers is a science writer and author, and the Science Editor at UnHerd. We know him because he helpfully (and entirely coincidentally) published a very popular article in the Observer on the usefulness of Bayes’ theorem three days before we announced our new name. He also just published his second book, called “How to read numbers: A guide to statistics in the news.” He was awarded the Royal Statistical Society 'statistical excellence in journalism' award in 2018 and the American Psychological Society media award in 2017. He was once described by Sir Terry Pratchett as 'far too nice to be a journalist'. He tweets (a lot) @tomchivers.

Aneesh Banerjee is Senior Lecturer in Management and the Director of the successful Global MBA programme at the Business School. He specialises in technology, innovation management, and strategy. His current favourite book is the ‘The Argumentative Indian’ (Amartya Sen) – which is kind of telling.

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The Life and Legacy of the Reverend Thomas Bayes

  • Guest: Prof David Bellhouse, biographer of Thomas Bayes
  • Hosted by Prof Steve Haberman

What?

As you all know by now, we are changing our name to Bayes Business School in September. But who was the Reverend Thomas Bayes? What do we know about his person, his views, and his life? What is the story of his famous theorem, and how is that intertwined with Richard Price, another famous intellectual buried and in some ways the founding father of the field of actuarial science? We have the immense privilege of welcoming Prof David Bellhouse, the foremost expert and biographer of Thomas Bayes; hosted by our own Prof Steve Haberman.

Who?

David Bellhouse is the Professor Emeritus for the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He is an expert in the history of probability, statistics and actuarial science, survey sampling design and estimation and analysis of complex survey data. He has studied the life of Thomas Bayes in depth – and he is certain that the one picture that circulates of Bayes online is actually NOT his picture.

Steve Haberman is Professor of Actuarial Sciences at the Business School and was our Deputy Dean and then Dean from 2002 till 2015. He also worked on a part-time basis for about 20 years at the Government Actuary's Department in London. From March 2016 until January 2020, he was an Associate Director of the Actuarial Research Centre set up by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. David and Steve know of each other and have admired each other’s work for years, but this is the first time they will actually meet “in person.”

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Building the Future of Higher Education

  • Guest: Prof Anthony Finkelstein, President, City, University of London
  • Hosted by Dr Nettra Pan

What?

Independent research and education institutions are essential pillars of a democratic society. In recent decades, these centuries-old institutions have been forced to adapt the content of their degrees to keep up with the different demands of the global digital, knowledge-based and purpose-driven economy. This past year, new shifts have occurred, shifting the nature of collaboration from in-person to virtual with important implications for the educational experiences of students in 2021 and beyond. In this webinar, Professor Finkelstein will share how his background in research and technology has shaped his understanding of the higher education field, why innovation is entrepreneurship is critical to our communities, and where we must go next.

Who?

Professor Anthony Finkelstein has just taken up his new role as President of City, University of London. Prior to that, he was the Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security for six years, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Head of Computer Science at University College London. He is an expert in software systems engineering and a member of The Alan Turing Institute. Anthony has a strong connection to City: In addition to having been a faculty member himself early in his career, his father, Professor Ludwik Finkelstein FREng OBE, was a world renown Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation and one of the longest-serving members of City’s academic staff. He played a vital role in the development of the University throughout his tenure.

Dr Nettra Pan is a Lecturer at the Business School teaching purpose-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Nettra’s courses aim to help students, founders and executives identify and execute on profitable opportunities most meaningful to them and to their community. Her teaching is inspired by her own mixed-method research on new venture and innovation strategy as well as other peer-reviewed sources in social and psychological science.

The Code of the Rainmaker

  • Guest: Simon Brocklebank-Fowler, Founder and President, Firehouse Communications
  • Hosted by Professor Scott Moeller, Founder and Director, M&A Research Centre

What?

This talk will discuss what are the behaviours, values, and systems which deliver revenue growth in all markets, for companies, big and small … especially in professional and financial services. This will be related to the current post-pandemic period. As the speaker is also experienced with coaching executives in interviewing skills, he said he’s happy to include some advice for anyone currently interviewing (such as the currently-graduating students of the school).

Who?

Delivered by a former diplomat and investment banker with over 20 years’ experience in communications consultancy, including as CEO of two leading global firms. Client experience includes three Nato / EU governments; 15 FTSE 100 companies and six global 20 law, accounting service and strategy consulting firms. Simon has been an active Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Business School.

Simon’s talk will be hosted by Professor Moeller, who is also a former investment banker but who has now very happily been with the business school for 19 years. His greatest passion is teaching, peppering his lectures with many a war story from his banking days in New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt and London.

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Find our 2020 Food for Thought series here.

Curious Careers

Curious Careers offers bite-sized career-focused insights from career experts, leading employers and Cass alumni.

Curious Careers, hosted by the Cass Careers Team, is a bite-sized interview series showcasing the career and professional development opportunities available through Cass Business School. The series is an excellent opportunity for students, employers, the Cass community and potential students to engage with the school through the medium of careers while celebrating the successful career stories of our international alumni. All of the above achieved in 15-minute interview segments.

Latest episode

David Huff talks with Kate Munk from Goldman Sachs

In the latest episode, Curious Careers, we are joined by Kate Munk, a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and an alumna of our Business School.

Throughout this thought-provoking discussion, we deep dive into Kate's background, experience at our Business School, the resilience she demonstrated graduating during the 2008 financial crisis and her 10 plus year journey at Goldman Sachs.

Be prepared for an enlightening and engaging episode of Curious Careers.

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Previous episodes

David Huff talks to Jo Hole, Amazon UK recruiter

In our first edition, join Cass Careers Corporate Relationship Manager, David Huff and Amazon UK recruiter Jo Hole as they discuss Amazon's move to an entirely virtual recruitment process to overcome the challenges currently created by the pandemic.

Get top tips from Amazon's Jo Hole on how to ace your virtual interview and stand out in a crowded Amazon recruitment process. Learn about Amazon's unique customer-centric and innovative culture and how, as a candidate, you can prepare for the upcoming September recruitment process.

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David Huff talks with Brett Hemmerling of Moody's

Are you interested in working for Moody's?

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Moody's recruiter Brett Hemmerling. Learn about the unique culture at Moody's. Discover what Moody's look for in potential employees. Hear Moody's experience of hiring from Cass Business School and future recruitment opportunities.

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David Huff talks with Cass Business School alumnus and Google employee Fergus Miskelly

What influences someone to do an Executive MBA at Cass Business School?

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Cass Business School alumnus Fergus Miskelly. Fergus is an ex-JP Morgan, Barclays and Accenture employee and is currently working at Google as a leader in Cloud Technology. Learn why people choose to come to Cass Business School. Discover how an advanced degree is a career game-changer and uncover top career tips for succeeding in world-leading companies.

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David Huff talks with Cass Business School alumnus Xavier De Pauw

Join Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he talks with Cass Business School alumnus Xavier De Pauw. Xavier is ex-Merrill Lynch and a Co-Founder of a Bank. Discover why Xavier choose Cass Business School to start his finance career, how the Cass community is a powerful and supportive network. Learn top career tips from a seasoned finance executive.

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Sarah Juillet talks with Bloomberg's Head of EMEA Entry-Level Recruitment Irina Fransson

If I want to work at Bloomberg, where do I start?

In part one of our two-part Bloomberg interview, Postgraduate Careers and Professional Development Director Sarah Juillet speaks with Bloomberg's Head of EMEA Entry-Level Recruitment Irina Fransson. Discover the entry points to Bloomberg and how you can stand out from the crowd. Learn about the Cass Business School difference and how Bloomberg actively engages with Cass Business School. Understand the importance of networking and building your Cass Business School alumni network and connections.

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David Huff talks with Bloomberg's EMEA Head of Trade Support Emma Balon

Do you need a finance background to work at Bloomberg?

In part two of our two-part Bloomberg interview, Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff speaks with Bloomberg's EMEA Head of Trade Support Emma Balon. Understand if you need a finance background to be successful at Bloomberg. Learn about the culture at Bloomberg and what makes someone stand out from the crowd in a Bloomberg interview. Discover how Emma has led a team of 80 people successful through the current pandemic.

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Group Business Development Director Mike Kennedy offers advice for working in tech

What career advice would Executive MBA graduate and Group Business Development Director, Mike Kennedy give someone wanting to work in technology?

Join David Huff as he discusses career development with Executive MBA graduate and Group Business Development Director, Mike Kennedy. Discover what drives an individual to take on the challenge of an Executive MBA. Understand the benefits of an advanced qualification and get top career tips and advice from a business leader candidate, you can prepare for the upcoming September recruitment process.

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Career development, banking and fintech: an interview with Fintech Advisor Martin Griffiths

What would you ask a financial services leader with over 30 years' experience in traditional Banking and Fintech with Barclays, Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds? Join MBA Corporate Relationship Manager David Huff as he discusses career development, Banking and Fintech with Martin Griffiths ex-Head of Fintech at Barclays and current Fintech Advisor. This event is part of the recorded interview series Curious Careers and includes Q&A with a virtual audience of MBA students.

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From our Business School to Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Join MBA Corporate Relationship Manager, David Huff as he speaks to Morgan Stanley Managing Director and our Business School alumnus Rehan Latif. Discover Rehan's journey from our Business School to Morgan Stanley.

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David Huff talks with our Business School alumnus and founder of TLG Capital Zain Latif

In the first Curious Careers episode of 2021, David Huff talks with our Business School alumnus and founder of TLG Capital Zain Latif. In this episode, we discuss Zain's experience at our Business School and how it prepared him for the future world of work. Following this, we discuss Zain's extensive Banking career at some of the industry's top names such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and HSBC. We then discuss his current work at TLG Capital and impact investing.

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David Huff talks with Elizabeth van den Berg from PE/VC leader, Insight Partners

In the latest Curious Careers episode, we are joined by Elizabeth van den Berg a Senior Vice President of Insight Partners. Throughout this insightful and informative interview, we discuss the private equity and venture capital sectors, Insight Partners as a firm and what Elizabeth's day to day as a Senior Vice President looks like. This episode of Curious Careers is a must-watch for anyone considering a private equity or venture capital career.

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Cass Perspectives

A series of masterclasses from Cass Business School's experts exploring the Impact of COVID-19. Over 10 Cass academics have run a class so far, each examining a different topic or sector.

  1. Business Model Response to COVID-19 - Professor Charles Baden-Fuller
  2. Business and Climate Change - Professor Bobby Banerjee
  3. Behavioural Economics and Social Distancing - Dr Simon Hayley
  4. Making Your Organisation and Supply Chain Resilient and Adaptable for COVID-19 - Professor Manmohan Sodhi
  5. Financial Strategies Companies Adopt in Financial Distress (Part 1) - Professor Meziane Lasfer
  6. Sequence Risk: Whoever Thought the ORDER of Investment Returns Matters? - Professor Steve Thomas
  7. Pandemic and Insurance - Professor Paula Jarzabkowski
  8. Finance in the time of COVID-19 - Professor Thorsten Beck
  9. What have we learnt about personal leadership through Covid-19? - Natasha Maw
  10. The role of analytics in the new normal - Dr Dimitris Paraskevopoulos
  11. Financial Strategies Companies Adopt in Financial Distress (Part 2) - Professor Meziane Lasfer

Watch the full Cass Perspectives series now

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