|Martha Stewart briefs business students on Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. Sharon Patrick, president and chief operations officer, is at left. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)|
Afterwards, Stewart and Patrick attended Business Professor Gerald Meyers two-hour class, Leadership in Changing Times, where the student team they had briefed earlier used interactive role-playing to present an advocates view of Stewarts company to their classmates. The case was discussed in detail by the class with comments from Stewart and Patrick.
This class gives students a feel of what critical times in business feel like, and how to think and act on their feet in adverse circumstances, says Prof. Meyers. Other notable CEOs who have participated in past years include John Smith of General Motors, Sanford Weill of Citigroup, Robert Shapiro of Monsanto and Harvey Golub of American Express.