Walton MBA Learning Series: “Coronavirus and the Global Economy”

In 2003, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) outbreak in the Guangdong Province of China lead to approximately 8,000 cases and 800 deaths – affecting almost 30 countries and resulting in an estimated economic loss of $40 billion dollars. As of March 26, 2020, the World Health Organization reported more than 460,000 cases and 20,000 deaths across 186 countries in the wake of the 2019-2020 outbreak of a new coronavirus. The $40 billion dollar economic loss from the 2003 epidemic pales in comparison to the looming global economic crisis.

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Student Spotlight: Devon Palumbo

Walton MBA takes pride in the diverse set of backgrounds our students bring to the program. Devon Palumbo’s story is unique and has impacted her time in the program. Devon, Walton MBA Class of 2021, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. In 2017 as an undergraduate at the U of A, she traveled to India through the study abroad program led by Vikas Anand, executive director for MBA Programs and Graduate Innovation. Following the program, she decided to stay in India to work as an intern for Sumagli Seva Ashram, a girls’ orphanage, examining how non-profits operate in emerging countries.

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