Western Insights: Leadership in Being Open for Business With COVID-19

Door sign that reads Yes We're Open hanging is the window of a business

Friday, June 5, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.




Check out this video to watch the Western Insights: Leadership in Being Open for Business With COVID-19.

Managing a business in the climate of COVID-19 takes leadership. While businesses are regulated, and various departments and agencies have rules and expectations, making your business successful requires inspiring others to stay motivated and engaged throughout this crisis.

What should you be thinking about? What lessons can you learn from someone else?

We invite you to join Western Insights in a discussion with Dana Leslie, CFO with the Odom Corporation and Erynne Hallock, Vice President, Retail, with WECU, Whatcom County’s largest credit union. The discussion will be moderated by Kristi Lewis Tyran, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Management at Western. Dr. Tyran’s research and teaching focus primarily on leadership.

Western Insights is an online panel series created in response to COVID-19 to provide the broader region, Western alumni, friends, and students with access to information on current events drawing from the University’s nationally respected experts. This free series is offered entirely online and is open to everyone.

Dana Leslie is the Chief Financial Officer of The Odom Corporation, a privately-owned beverage distribution company based in Bellevue, Washington. Odom operates in the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington and employs approximately 1,700 people. Dana joined Odom in 2018 after a 21-year career in public accounting. Dana is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Western Washington University where he majored in accounting.

Erynne Hallock is the Vice President for Retail Delivery at WECU. Having worked in the credit union industry for the last 15 years, 10 of which have been spent in retail oversight, Erynne has led the charge on many staffing and branch innovation related projects. Most notably was a branch transformation initiative in 2015, which received the CUNA Excellence Award in Sales & Service and the creation of a leadership training program that earned the spotlight of Development Dimensions International (DDI) Leadership Institute.

Kristi Lewis Tyran is a Full Professor in the Management Department and has been at WWU for 19 years. She obtained her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of California, Irvine; her MBA in Finance/Accounting from the University of Washington; and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington. Dr. Tyran’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on the areas of leadership and team development.