The Way Forward

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The world has changed. How are we changing with it? Here at Quinnipiac University, we are trying to figure that out. Hosted by Judy Olian, president of the university, The Way Forward is a podcast of thoughtful conversations with the trailblazers who are seeking solutions to all of today’s challenges. Every Thursday, The Way Forward will bring you a different conversation. One week you might hear Judy talk with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont about how the state’s handling the pandemic, and the next week you might hear one of the university’s deans interviewing an editor of the Wall Street Journal.  The path ahead is probably going to be tough for most of us. But solutions are out there, so let’s talk about them, and find our way forward.  
The Way Forward is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and the produced by Bryan Murphy, a graduate student, with production assistance by Karla Natale, associate vice president of university events and community partnerships. 


President, Quinnipiac University

Judy D. Olian, PhD, serves as President of Quinnipiac University. She launched “The Way Forward” series during the Covid-19 pandemic to offer a closeup view of trailblazers in business and nonprofits.  Guests to the podcast span many fields, offer lessons learned from their impressive careers, and consider solutions to today’s societal and professional challenges.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, she served as dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management.  Earlier she was dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  She has been a management professor and consultant, and serves on a number of non-profit and corporate boards.

Born and raised in Australia, Olian received her B.S. in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.