Forged in crisis: A chat with Harvard Professor, Dr. Nancy Koehn

April 2, 2020

Forged in crisis: A chat  with Harvard Professor, Dr. Nancy Koehn

Dr. Nancy Koehn, Ph.D

Harvard Business School Historian

Willy Walker and his guest, Nancy Koehn, shared their thoughts on leadership in times of great crisis.

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Walker & Dunlop hosted our webcast, “Navigating the Markets: Forged in Crisis with Harvard Professor, Dr. Nancy Koehn.”

Our CEO, Willy Walker, and Nancy shared their thoughts on leadership in times of great crisis, discussed the importance of strong leadership, and provided an update on the CRE market. They covered:

  • Potential timing for an economic rebound, considering employment rates
  • Liquidity in the market, and an update on spreads
  • The importance of honesty, transparency, self-care, and the acknowledgement of fear
  • Lessons learned from history’s most famous leaders in crisis

Follow us on YouTube for the latest webcast and videos. If you have any comments or questions about the evolving economic landscape and how it is impacting the CRE space, our experts are available and fully operational to help. Additionally, if you have topics you would like covered during one of our future webcasts, we would be happy to take your suggestions.

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker
Willy Walker

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and in its first seven years as a public company has seen its shares appreciate 547%.

Nancy Koehn
Nancy Koehn

Nancy Koehn is an historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. She has coached leaders from many organizations and speaks frequently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Business Forum. An accomplished author and scholar (she earned her MA and PhD degrees in history from Harvard), she spent ten years writing Forged in Crisis, her first book aimed at a popular audience. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, and is a dedicated equestrian.

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