UBC Executive Education

Leading in extraordinary times

Posted 2020-04-08

New webinar series addresses the challenges reshaping business during COVID-19

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, strong and inspiring leadership is more critical than ever. UBC Sauder Executive Education has launched several complimentary webinars to help equip leaders like you with the skills you need to rise to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Whether you’re at the helm of a team, a division, or an entire company, the leadership qualities you demonstrate during this period will help chart the course of your future and define the relationships you hold with your employees, clients and stakeholders. Faced with the new realities of physical distancing and remote work, the following interactive webinars will cover everything from leading with empathy and succeeding in a virtual world, to understanding the social, political and economic implications of COVID-19.


Communicate as a Leader in Uncertain Times

April 9th at 11:00 am PST

This session will focus on the communication tools and strategies you need to navigate this difficult time. You will learn how to:

  • Use vision to engage your key audiences
  • Place empathetic, audience-centered communication at the heart of your strategy
  • Identify your authentic convictions and integrate them into your messaging
  • Plan effectively for critical conversations
  • Articulate positive yet realistic messages

Best Practices for Virtual Leadership Communication

April 14th at 11:00 am PST

This session is designed for leaders at all levels who wish to bolster their virtual communication skills at this critical juncture. You will learn how to:

  • Foster open communication among and between teams
  • Be intentional in building and maintaining virtual relationships
  • Organize virtual communications using a clear and logical structure
  • Adapt your way of listening and speaking for virtual meetings
  • Apply the principles of presence to virtual communications

COVID-19, the economy and sustainability: What does the future hold?

April 23rd at 11:00 am PST

The COVID-19 outbreak is a test case for how our social, political and economic systems will deal with future crises around climate change, health, food, water and violent conflict. Justin Bull, lecturer at UBC Sauder and lead of the Sustainability and Ethics Group, will share his insights on what the future holds. The webinar will explore:

  • How COVID-19 has impacted markets, supply chains, and globalization
  • How trends in innovation, technology and sustainability can contribute to the resolution of the COVID-19 situation