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Jillian Alexander

Associate Professor
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Resources for Students:

Fall 2020 Office Hours:

Wednesdays: 8:45 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. beginning Oct 21
Fridays: 11:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. beginning Oct 23
Other times by appointment or email
Meet online via ConferNow, schedule via Canvas or email

Additional Resources:

District Calendar
SMC Business Department Home Page
SMC Transfer Center
Discounted subscription to The Wall Street Journal
Discounted subscription to The Economist

About Jillian Alexander

Faculty Area:

  • Management and Organizations
  • Global Business
  • Strategy
  • Marketing

Faculty Expertise:

  • Global Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Decision Making
  • Business Economics
  • Forecasting
  • Marketing and Management Communications

Professional biography

As an Associate Professor, Jillian Alexander brings proven methods and insights gained from more than 25 years of successfully managing and leading high-profile strategic initiatives on behalf of organizations which seek to remain or become TREND SETTERS and MARKET LEADERS or seek beneficial EXIT to her students.
 
Jillian teaches her students about a wide variety of industries and business activities, including making business decisions, assessing opportunities and risk, neuroeconomics and consumer behavior, innovating products and services, designing and building organizations, strategic sourcing, distribution channels, production and operations strategy and planning, forecasting and evaluating performance, advertising & publicity, inventory and supply chain management, managing people as well as customer and vendor relationships, raising capital, managing cash flow, and financial reporting. She instructs her students in the use of relevant methods and frameworks -- not only “how to”, but also “why” and “when” to apply them; and makes students aware of the limitations of other widely-taught and used, yet often inappropriately applied techniques.
 
In addition to teaching, Jillian is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of international award-winning Conduit Consulting LLC, a Strategy, Transaction Advisory and General Management Consultancy firm she founded in 2002. Her clients have included public corporations, private enterprises, non-profit organizations, and government agencies spanning the Biopharmaceutical, Consumer Electronics, Energy, Entertainment, Financial Services, Healthcare, Internet, Media, Paperboard, Professional Services, Real Estate, Retail, Telecommunications, Travel, and other diverse industries.
 
Immediately prior to establishing Conduit Consulting LLC, Jillian was Vice President, Corporate Development, SONY Pictures Entertainment and represented that division on the SONY US Ventures team. Her previous roles include Practice Area Manager and Senior Consultant, Strategic Change Practice at Price Waterhouse LLP / PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and early-career Management positions progressing within a Fortune 200 Retailer then in Film/TV/Commercial Advertisement Production, Distribution and Marketing functions in companies serving leading Entertainment Studios, Television Networks, Television Program Syndicators, and other brand-name consumer product and consumer services companies.
 
From her roles, Jillian has gained extensive experience managing projects, relationships, and business activities; and she has attained substantial knowledge of a wide array of industries, business processes, and regions which continually gets refreshed. Read more here.
 
Jillian came of age at a time when Executives and Senior Management were expected to be educated and experienced in all business functions, yet seldom were these roles open to women. Her education facilitated her successfully ascending to these ranks and succeeding as an entrepreneur, advisor, and educator. She studied Marketing at Arizona State University; completed her product design and marketing studies and received her B.F.A., cum laude in Design from the American College of the Applied Arts; then returned to school to round-out her skills and knowledge, earning her M.B.A. from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management where her studies concentrated on Finance and International Business. Her professional qualifications include Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, CFA Institute-Regular Member and Certified Human Resource Consultant.

Fall 2020 Course Information:

List of Fall 2020 SMC courses taught by Jillian Alexander with course descriptions

Other Courses Taught at SMC:

List of additional SMC courses taught by Jillian Alexander with course descriptions