March 16, 2020 at 9:00AM
- March 16, 2020 at 12:00PM

Join the MIT Industrial Liaison Program with professors Yossi Sheffi, Alex Pentland, and Andrew Lo for a special webinar highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on business.

Join us to consider:
* What should firms be doing with their supply chain now?
* Who is most at risk in your organization? What should firms be doing to prevent catastrophic spread of the virus inside their organizations?
* What do executives need to be watching now in financial markets?

AGENDA and Background

9:00-10:00: The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Supply Chain

What happens to a company when the unimaginable occurs? As the coronavirus continues to spread and the number of infections surpasses 100,000 worldwide, the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL) has taken a close look at how companies are responding and how they should be responding.

Yossi Sheffi, Professor of Engineering at MIT and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, has argued in The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (MIT Press, 2005) that a company’s survival and prosperity depend more on what it does before such a disruption occurs than on the actions it takes as the event unfolds. Ten years later, he published The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (MIT Press, 2015). In this webinar, Professor Sheffi will focus on the here and now. He will explore the COVID-19 disruption in the context of past disruptions and explain what companies should be doing now as the epidemic is spreading.

His perspectives have been reported widely by WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC, and all major media outlets, as well as trade publications. He is consulting with major corporations on understanding the supply chain impacts and the range of responses.

10:00-11:00: Who is Most at Risk? Changes to the Organization that Need to be Made Now

Individuals with high “centrality” are most at-risk for contracting the coronavirus. That means executives, especially ones in corporate headquarters. What should executives be doing now to organize their executives and associates to minimize the spread, with its attending work disruption, of COVID-19? How can you predict what parts of your organization will be impacted next? Drawing from his groundbreaking work Social Physics, Professor Pentland will outline what executives need to being doing now to protect their organizations from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He is on the Board of the UN Foundations' Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

11:00-12:00: COVID-19: Impact on Financial Markets

Can the actions of central banks limit the economic impact of the coronavirus? Are financial markets predicting a global recession? "Panic is beginning to hit financial markets right now," says Andrew Lo, professor of finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management: "I suspect things will get worse before they get better." He adds: "It's going to be a very challenging set of market conditions for investors to navigate through over the next few months—we all need to buckle up."

In this webinar, Professor Lo will address the changing global economy since the outbreak of the coronavirus, its impact on global financial markets, and what executives need to watch for as the coronavirus crisis plays out.

Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, a principal investigator at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and an affiliated faculty member of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He has published numerous articles in finance and economics journals (see, and has authored several books including Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought, The Econometrics of Financial Markets, A Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street, Hedge Funds: An Analytic Perspective, and The Evolution of Technical Analysis. He is currently co-editor of the Annual Review of Financial Economics and advisor to the Journal of Investment Management and the Journal of Portfolio Management.