CREA Webinars

Sharing the Screen, Best Practices for Successful Virtual Events

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our daily lives now occurs online. This transition has forced teams to pivot from holding in-person events and meetings to running virtual versions via the internet. We all know that virtual experiences are different, but are there ways to ensure they are as effective, if not more effective, than physical events? What are the key contrasts between hosting an event online and in person? When does it make sense to produce an event live versus streaming it pre-recorded? What are best practices? How can we, both as organizers and attendees, make the most of virtual events? Gain insights on this new reality from a panel of industry professionals and experts, and get a chance to have your own questions answered.

Recording date: July 29, 2020

Reopening and Returning to Work, Best Practices for Startups

Now that businesses are beginning to reopen, startups need to be ready to adhere to the latest rules and best practices to open safely and put their customers and employees at ease, while continuing to think about the overall health of their business.

This panel of experts will ensure you are aware of the standards for reopening and identify steps you should take into consideration when rolling out a reopening plan. They’ll also discuss the best methods for reactivating and engaging both your employees and your customers over the next three, six, and nine months.


  • Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director for the Schuyler County Industrial Partnership for Economic Development and the CEO/CFO for the Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency
  • Brad Treat, Visiting Lecturer of Management at the Johnson graduate School of Management
  • Nellie Brown, MS, CIH, Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs for the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School
  • Andrew Quagliata, Ph.D., Lecturer of Management Communication in the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business

Recording date: June 29, 2020

Clean Energy and COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused sectors of manufacturing, travel, and other work to grind to a halt worldwide. This pause has resulted in significant changes to energy use and carbon emissions. With lockdowns now being lifted, more and more businesses will reopen and we’ll all try to return to our normal social and travel activities.

But the climate crisis will still be waiting for us when the pandemic ends, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that economic recovery is done with the health of the planet in mind. Can we balance clean energy goals with the need to rebuild our economies? Should we be focused on returning to “normal,” or can we instead see this as an opportunity to progress toward “better”?

This panel of clean energy planners, policy influencers, and leaders will detail some of the most important clean energy efforts and goals to focus on during the next year amid the ongoing pandemic and recovery.


  • Brian Bauer, Director of the 76West Clean Energy Competition
  • Lara Skinner, Executive Director, The Worker Institute at Cornell and Chair, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative
  • Katie MacDonald, Assistant Director of Technology to Market at NYSERDA
  • Katherine Hamilton, Chair of 38 North Solutions

Recording date: June 4, 2020

Tax Advice for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Tax issues create some of the biggest headaches for startups and entrepreneurs even in the best of times. But with the COVID-19 factor, tackling your taxes could now be all the more challenging. As part of the government response to the pandemic’s economic impact, there are new filing dates, different loan stipulations, changes to benefit policies, and a host of other measures that can impact your business.

This panel of tax and legal experts cuts through the clutter and addresses some of the most important COVID-related changes that will impact business decisions over the next few months.


  • Robert Green, Professor at the Cornell Law School
  • Renata Dabrowska, Head of Outsourced Accounting at Scriabba Walker
  • Nate Cook, Entrepreneur in Residence and Attorney at Law
  • Rick Reinhold, Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Cornell Law School

Recording date: May 21, 2020

Returning to Work After COVID-19:
Employment Planning and Managing a Changed Workforce

Entrepreneur in Residence and Attorney at Law Nate Cook will moderate a panel focused on legal and practical issues startups and business owners should consider when creating recovery plans to re-engage their work forces. The panel will also explore steps you can take now to best manage your workforce in the next three to six months and predicted long-term changes to workforce structures.


  • Harry Katz, Professor of Collective Bargaining at the ILR School
  • Paul Wagner, Cornell School of Hotel Administration

Recording date: April 23, 2020 

Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business

Entrepreneur in Residence Steve Sauer leads an interactive webinar focused on leading remote teams and how theories and science apply to startups and small businesses. Further discussions include insight from CEOs on leading companies while working from home and hiring new employees in a virtual world.


  • Elizabeth Mannix, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Charlie Mulligan, CEO of GiveGab
  • Ken Rother, Director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
  • Nick Nickitas, CEO and Co-founder of Rosie

Recording date: April 9, 2020 

Supporting Startups Through COVID-19

Hosted by Nate Cook, Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University, this webinar addresses SBA Disaster Loans, Unemployment Insurance, and other resources and opportunities currently available to businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19, and features special guests including:

  • Judy Cherry, Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development; and Chair, Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council
  • Jonathan Greene, Senior Investment Director, New York Ventures
  • Kellyann O’Mara, Vice President, M&T Bank
  • Ken Rother, Director, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Bill Waring, CEO, Areti Construction
  • Brad Treat, Program Director and Entrepreneur-in Residence, Southern Tier Startup Alliance
  • Lindsay Wolf, Business Advisor at Small Business Development Center

Recording date: March 26, 2020