Congratulations to Dr. Richard E. Ottoo giving the keynote speech at the New York campus of Pace University’s Convocation! He also made a milestone as the first person of color to deliver the convocation in Pace’s over 100-year history. As noted in the program, Dr. Ottoo (PhD, FRM, CFA) was the first of his family to go to college.
World Energy Day at the United Nations on October 22, 2013 invited ministers of energy, leaders from technology, finance, and the academic world to come together and discuss global energy issues. Dr. Richard E. Ottoo was in attendance for performances, meeting new people, and weighing in on topics such as energy access, security, policy, and finance, as well as international cooperation and the environment.
Presented by the The World Energy Forum, who believes energy is a fundamental issue for the economic and social development of nations and peoples, the purpose of World Energy Day “was to send a positive signal worldwide about the paramount importance of energy and its many factors.”
PADER President and Ottoo Brand’s Chief Investment StrategistDr. Richard E. Ottoo and selected undergraduate and graduate students from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business visited the corporate headquarters of Tiffany & Co. to learn about the company from Pace alumnus James Fernandez, Tiffany & Co.’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
In PADER President Dr. Richard E. Ottoo’s most recent trip to Nanchang and Shanghai, China he participated with great success in the 2013Asian Finance Association’s Annual Meeting. He chaired the session on “Corporate Finance Empirical: Human Capital,” presented his own work “Human Capital, Managerial Overconfidence, and Corporate Valuation,” and was on the panel for the “Human Capital, Household Capital and Asset Returns” presentation.
Dr. Richard E. Ottoo with Khadim Diop and Bharata Selassie, the first “Young Charges” of the developing Ottoo Brand Artivism Mentee Program, after a meeting at Pace University’s Midtown Campus in Summer 2013.
PADER President Dr. Richard E. Ottoo is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Written for his PhD in Finance from the Graduate School at the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1998, his book entitled Valuation of Corporate Growth Opportunies: A Real Options Approach.
How can we value an enterprise, like a young internet start-up company, that has no earnings or cash flows, so that traditional and conventional valuation techniques are therefore not applicable? One of the most notable recent industrial revolutions has been the emergence of Biotechnology and Internet companies. Most of these technology companies are predominantly young with no history of earnings or cash flows to evaluate. This book addresses the problem, and presents a model for valuing enterprises that may have no existing assets but only growth opportunities.
OBA’s Emilia A. Ottoo honed her public speaking skills through constant activism during her journey in Impact Repertory Theatre. As Company Captain she would often introduce her peers and the mission of Impact with personal words to open shows and presentations. Here’s two such introductions!
Emilia A. Ottoo
January 17, 2011
Impact Repertory Theatre
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration @ Abyssinian Baptist Church
Ladies and gentleman we are Impact Repertory Theatre. My name is Emilia and I wanted to speak today after reading something last night that got me thinking. I believe it’s very important to properly recognize why we’re here and the life we’re celebrating today.
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. named after his father, Martin Luther King Sr. But can anyone tell me what Martin Luther King Sr.’s real name was? Yes, it was not his real name, his original name was Michael King, he changed it in 1935. Michael King was greatly inspired by the work of a man named Martin Luther. Does anybody know about Martin Luther? Yes, a 16th century monk and theologian who’s a little controversial. He was looking at religion, philosophy, the way we live, how we interact, and how it all relates to find better purpose and practices for the self and the whole. He fought for his beliefs about life, and Michael King was so inspired that in 1935 he changed his name to Martin Luther King Sr. further declaring his son to be recognized as Martin Luther King Jr.
This is what got me thinking and got this all started last night: The name Luther is of German and Hebrew origin, combining the word luit which means “people” and heri which means “army” or “warrior.” Did y’all hear what I said? I said (call and response) people-army-warrior.
So my point wraps up like this. Violence or non-violence is one issue. Asking for rights or owning your rights are another. But make no mistake. Just because his message is about peace, a fight is and has always been necessary; A fight for soul, life and community wellness. So let’s respect this man for being a man, a person, who was brave and true enough to fight with his life, for all of us. I’m not just talking about the individual fight he faced being who he was, like the fight you and I face in our own lives. I’m talking about a fight with an army. An army of people, who can determine their destiny if they choose to; an army of active, conscious, warriors.
That’s what brings Impact here today, and any day. We are a youth army, using art to fight in positive ways. We create and perform in the knowledge that we’re able to partly because of the warriors that came before us, like Martin Luther King Jr. and an abundance of others who go unnamed. So we say
What is Impact, it’s not a game!
What is Impact, it’s not a game!
Why is it not a game?
Because what we do now
Why? Because what we do
now matters forever!
The I: inspiration
The M: motivation
The P: preparation
The A: activism
The C: commitment
The T: teamwork
And our Credo is: We are youth activists who view the creative arts and leadership training as a way to develop ourselves and change the world in a positive way. We believe that we must be the message that we bring through hard work, focus, discipline, unity and the principles of S.O.S. Safe space, Outstanding effort and Service to our family, friends and community.
Village, please welcome Impact Repertory Theatre.
Emilia A. Ottoo
February 23, 2012
Mosaic’s Education Summit @ Pepsico Corporate Grounds
“Personal Journey” Speech
Good afternoon, my name is Emilia Ottoo of Impact Repertory Theatre, and what I hope you get out of my ‘personal journey’ if nothing else is the power of choice and the value of what we in Impact call “Safe Space.” I was born in Uganda and came to Harlem when I was 2 years old with both my parents. I was always an obedient child and an exceptional student though I was struggling to create my identity amidst the African culture I was separated from, the American I would have to assimilate to and the range of world cultures surrounding me in New York. My parents went through a long and bitter divorce as I witnessed them making new and powerful choices that affected us all. With more motivation to be self-reliant and independent as I got older, I chose to pursue the power of my own choices. I began 9th grade at the High School of Economics and Finance, which was located two blocks from the World Trade Center and greatly affected by the events of September 11th, 2001.
After excelling as an ‘A’ student all my life, I disturbed my record out of frustration from attending 4 different high schools in 3 years, including one in California. I dropped out of the last–my ‘zoned’ school in Manhattan, acknowledging that not only was I not challenged, so far there had been no constructive place to grow or learn about myself and the world in relation. I got my GED in 2005, went to community college, and with help from my father and my community I’m now close to graduating from Pace University with a BA in Political Science, Dance, and Arts and Entertainment Management.
En route to this was what many of my peers and people in communities like mine are saddled with. Issues of abandonment, lack of guidance, self-esteem, identity, health, wellness, survival, lack of stable relationships, ignorance. “Insufficient funds” as brother MLK Jr. used to speak on. Feeling “hoodwinked, led astray and run amuck” as brother Malcolm has said. Drugs, street dramas, abuse in many forms. Had it not been for a random school trip to a performance from which I committed to joining Impact at 12 years old in the 6th grade, I may not have been alive with the chance of thriving today.
Impact has not only been my think-tank for the local/global community, my creative outlet to learn and experiment, but the “Safe Space” I needed to grow freely and the support system, mentors and family I needed period. I’m now Company Captain and our mottos, “keep a positive thought, because a positive thought cannot be denied” and “what we do now, matters forever” exemplify the depth of the power of choice.
Thank you for your time and ears, and no matter how successful you consider yourself, do not put yourself on a pedestal that is out of reach of others, because the choices you make can knock you off just as easily. Give an opportunity and listen to what everyone from all walks of life have to say. Especially “the youth.” “We’re not the leaders of tomorrow, we’re the leaders of today.” Thank you.