"The Coldest Winter: Business Lessons from History"

October 12, 2010

On Friday, October 22, three departments at Xavier University will come together to present “The Coldest Winter: Business Lessons from History.” The free symposium will be held on Xavier’s campus in Kennedy Auditorium of the Conaton Learning Commons from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

After a brief welcome, part of a film will be shown, followed by a panel discussion with and recognition of local Korean War veterans. About 35 veterans and 40 business people will attend in addition to about 80 Xavier students. The public is welcome.

The departments of History, Military Science, and Management/Entrepreneurship will mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. From 1950-1953, this “forgotten war” cost 53,000 American soldiers their lives - more than Vietnam.

What happened to the U.S. Army 2nd infantry division and the U.S. 1st Marine Division sixty years ago in fall 1950 has lessons for business managers today. Upper level complacency and arrogance led to the worst disaster in U.S. military history - 7,800 casualties in just a few days.

On the other hand, preparation and contingency planning led to one of the U.S. Marine Corps’ most proud successes – the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. About 25 minutes of “Chosin” by Brian Iglesias will be shown. Bob McGeorge and members of the Greater Cincinnati Korean War Veterans Association, headquartered in Colerain Township will be recognized during the event. McGeorge has shared his experiences with CET Connect as part of its series honoring Armed Forces Veterans.