Ruth V. Aguilera, a renowned professor at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, was honored Wednesday at a Northeast event that celebrated academic support and excellence.

Aguilera was officially invested as the holder of the Darla and Fred Brodsky Trustee Professor in Global Business. The Brodskys entrepreneurs were cited by Northeast President Joseph E. Aoun as visionaries who contributed to the university’s global mission while supporting the D’Amore-McKim International Business Program (BSIB) , which celebrates its 30th anniversary with Aguilera among its main promoters. .

“In many ways, you are the pioneers,” Aoun told Darla and Fred Brodsky at the ceremony in East Village. “You showed us the way. You have emphasized the need for the university to go global. And that’s what we’ve done.

Aguilera earned the prestigious chair because of his commitment to global business education and research, said David Madigan, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Northeastern. He praised Aguilera for ranking him as one of the few echelons of professors “who are having an extraordinary impact on the lives of students, who are conducting incredible high-impact research and who are truly changing the world.”

The endowed professorship was the latest honor awarded to Aguilera, who was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM), the world’s largest society of management scholars.

In combination with her scholarships from the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the Academy of International Business (AIB), Aguilera became a member of the “Triple Crown” for scholars in international business.

After accepting Aoun’s medallion evoking his new position, Aguilera expressed his gratitude to the Brodskys while repeatedly referring to Fred Brodsky’s autobiography, “The Accidental Entrepreneur: How I Stumbled into Success”. After graduating with a business administration degree from the Northeast in 1966, Brodsky traveled the world, learning universal business lessons that enabled him to succeed in real estate investing and development.

“Your commitment to promoting and fostering the study of international business, and your realization 30 years ago of how important that commitment would become, matches mine,” Aguilera told the Brodskys.

She cited three timeless lessons from Fred Brodsky’s book:

  • Choose your partners carefully.
  • If something seems too good to be true, take a closer look.
  • Share a deep sense of gratitude with those who took you on their journey.

The event also marked the 100th anniversary of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

“Doing business today requires a global mindset,” said Emery Trahan, acting dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. “Our BSIB program offers our students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a transformative global experience. BSIB is truly aligned with North East values ​​and mission: it’s experiential, it’s global, it teaches our students to be culturally nimble, and it’s all about impact in the world. »

The changing dynamics of international trade were detailed in a panel discussion moderated by Nicholas Athanassiou, Emeritus Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy.

The panel included Harry Lane, Emeritus Professor of International Business and inaugural Brodsky Chair; Ravi Sarathy, professor of international business and strategy and the current director of the BSIB; Katrin Bouss, a German BSIB student who will graduate in December; and Aguilera.

Aguilera spoke about the global changes wrought by Russia’s war in Ukraine as well as the international trend towards companies that are more focused on the needs of people and the planet.

“President Aoun has really chartered us to unleash experiential learning,” said Aguilera, who added that the international agenda is constantly growing around the anchors of humanism, geopolitical realities, digitalization, big data and innovation. other factors.

BSIB’s mission is crucial at a time when the international business community faces a crossroads, Aoun said.

“When the notion of globalization is attacked, when the world moves towards regionalization, people ask: ‘Do we want to continue to invest in globalization?’ Aoun said. “And the answer is, ‘More than ever. More than ever.'”

Turning his attention to the Brodskys, Aoun added, “That’s why what you have done here is not just seeding a chair, but has transformed an entire university, and we are eternally grateful to you for that.”

Aoun gave Darla and Fred Brodsky a distinctive gift.

“It’s a nice compass because you travel all over the world,” said Aoun, who then cracked a joke. “And the compass will always point northeast, wherever you go.”

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