Small Biz and Universities: Perfect Together? Maybe Not

Find out how your company, or a company you work for, can more effectively collaborate with a university on Sunday, April 22, 6 to 9 Princeton.  
“Challenges for Small Businesses Interacting with Universities” will be held in Bowen Hall, 70 Prospect Avenue, (just down from Olden Street). This seminar costs $35 and kicks off the the University Industry Demonstration Partnership meeting scheduled for April 23-25 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ. 
The program is posted at“We are fortunate to have experienced UIDP members, representatives from New Jersey entrepreneur networks, institutions supporting job growth in New Jersey and the Governor’s office speak at the event,” says Judith Sheft of NJIT. Contact or Judith.Sheft@NJIT.EDU with any questions. 

This “interacting with universities” event – unusual because it’s on a Sunday – is cosponsored by the Keller Center, which is also co-sponsoring four more programs this month. The first is theoretically on technology but it brings in that scary subject “Ethics.”  As listed by the Keller Center: 

Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Lewis Library 120 on the Princeton University Campus (campus map)
The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, with the co-sponsorship of the Bouton Law Lecture Fund, the KellerCenter, and the University Center for Human Values, is pleased to announce a conference on Governing Science: Technological Progress, Ethical Norms, and Democracy. The conference will address both theoretical and practical considerations involving the scientific enterprise. Participating scholars represent a variety of disciples–theoretical physics, philosophy of science, medicine, political science, history, and ethics. The conference is open to the public. Please visit this link to view the complete program and schedule of talks.

Those who were convinced that employee engagement matters when Kevin Kruse spoke at the Princeton Regional Chamber breakfast will want to hear Sheri McCoy on April 17. Those who want to work for Avon will want to hear McCoy as well. McCoy is listed below as an executive scientist working for J&J; but she has just been named to replace Andrea Jung as Avon’s CEO.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Carl A. Fields CenterRoom 104 (campus map)
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Keller Center are pleased to host the G. S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63 Lecture with Sheri S. McCoy *82, Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson. Sheri began her Johnson & Johnson career in 1982 as a scientist in the research and development organization supporting the Consumer women’s health business. In her most recent at Johnson & Johnson, Sheri led the organization through a period of significant product launches, acquisitions and partnerships, and pipeline advances, while managing through significant loss of patent exclusivity. She is a passionate advocate for diversity of thought, leadership development, employee engagement and customer focus. This lecture is open to the public and a reception will follow. 

Do you use your iPad with a tinge of guilt? Get the story behind the story on the  on Chinese subcontracting practices, as seen in this New York Times article on Apple/Foxconn. 
Ethics and Social Responsibility in Supply Chain Management Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. in A224 Engineering Quad (campus map)
The Princeton University Chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host a panel discussion with Dave Nelson, former Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Corporate Affairs for Honda Motor Company, and Jay Benziger, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. The purpose of the talk is to raise student awareness about the field of supply chain management and its ethical implications, and how this field has evolved over the last ten years, and where it is headed in the future.

A Stanford organizational behavior expert suggests that “the way things are done” in any particular company will affect how — or whether — a young company grows and prospers. 
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Friend Center Convocation Room (campus map)The Graduate School, Butler College, and the Keller Center are pleased to welcome Stanford Professor of Organizational Behavior Jesper Sørensen to the Princeton University campus on Monday, April 23, 2012. Sørensen, a sociologist who specializes in studying the dynamics of both organizations and careers, will be the third and final speaker in the series “The Power of E: Advancing the Boundaries of Entrepreneurship”, which aims to promote cross-disciplinary and undergraduate-graduate dialogue on social issues through an entrepreneurial lens. The talk will be followed by a light reception and networking.

By the way, the J in his first name is pronounced like Y. 

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