The COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone in the metals industry to re-set expectations for what is “normal.” In response, MSCI is offering a series of webinars to help member company executives prepare for managing in this new-abnormal time. Our speakers are metals company executives, trusted third-party experts, MSCI’s economics consulting firms, and academic leaders from MSCI’s education partners.

The webinars are one-hour online events and are promoted separately through e-mail invitations that provide a registration link to one of MSCI’s online platforms. The webinars feature presentations, discussions, and question and answer sessions.

If you have any suggestions for speakers or content, please e-mail Chris Marti, VP, Executive Education at cmarti@msci.org

We hope you will attend one of these valuable, hour-long webinar sessions soon.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule

Recorded Webinar Videos


4-1-20: COVID-19 Economic Impact Webinar

MSCI held a one-hour webinar for all Momentum Monitor subscribers on Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 am CDT. This webinar featured economists Rob Wescott and Elizabeth Rust from Keybridge Research, who discussed the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the likely impacts on the industrial metals end markets and related industries.


4-20-20: Dr. Samuel Chun COVID-19 Webinar

Dr. Samuel Chun from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis discusses various business-related aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

5-14-20 The Realities of Offshoring

Join MSCI for a webinar featuring Elizabeth Rust, a senior economist at Keybridge Research. Elizabeth reports on the results of Keybridge Research’s study to determine the nature and effects of the offshoring of the U.S. manufacturing base on U.S. service center shipments.



5-21-20: Overcoming Commoditization of Metals

MSCI presented a free webinar featuring McMann & Ransford to explore the strategies of differentiation employed by metals distribution market leaders. They shared the results from a recent study of the metals industry to uncover how to overcome commoditization in an industry built around a key commodity.



6-3-20: Keybridge Economic Update

Join MSCI for a free webinar featuring Rob Wescott and Elizabeth Rust from Keybridge Research. This webinar focuses on the general economy with emphasis on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on manufacturing and other important metals end markets.



6-23-20: Todd Milbourn: COVID & the Financial Markets

Please join MSCI for a free-ranging discussion on the financial markets with Todd Milbourn, Professor of Finance at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Todd will discuss the current COVID-19 related state of the financial markets and answer your questions on what’s happening now and what might happen next.



Government Stimulus Programs

4-8-20: COVID-19: Guidance on U.S. Stimulus Business Provisions and Essential Business Designations

MSCI hosts the U.S. Chamber discussing current guidance pertaining to COVID-19 U.S. Stimulus provisions and implementation resources as well as Essential business designations from the Department of Homeland Security.

4-29-20: Update on U.S. COVID-19 Stimulus Programs

MSCI asks Ron Eidshaug and Erik Rust from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to update members on the status of the U.S. government COVID-19 stimulus packages such as the CARES ACT and the new Mainstreet Lending Program.

Operations & Safety

5-5-20: COVID-19 Operations & Safety Issues

MSCI leads a discussion featuring Joe Galasso, Corporate Director, Health, Safety & Environment for Samuel, Son & Co. Joe has been engaged for over 30 years in the well-being and safety of a large international workforce. Discussion topics include:

  • Appropriate methods to maintain a safe work environment.
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic is different than previous events.
  • How to prepare for ongoing COVID-19 interruptions and re-opening.


5-13-20: Getting Back to Work Safely

Join MSCI and Optimum Safety for a free one-hour webinar update on returning to work safely, featuring Dr. John Koehler MD, CME, and Brian Dudgeon, Senior Safety Professional at Optimum Safety. During this webinar you will learn:

  • Medical considerations related to COVID-19 exposures.
  • Designing and implementing an infectious disease policy.
  • Protection measures specific to COVID-19.
  • Personal Protective Equipment and supply chain constraints.
  • Action steps for implementing an exposure control plan.



5-19-20: Safety Fireside Chat - Workforce Safety During the Pandemic

A Safety-related Fireside Chat with Steve Bullard, GM of Safety for Coilplus, Inc., Steve Yates, CEO of Optimum Safety and Brian Dudgeon, Account Manager and Sr. Safety Professional with Optimum Safety. The primary topics are related to keeping the workforce safe during the coronavirus pandemic.



5-28-20: COVID-19 Business Travel

Join MSCI for a webinar on COVID-19 and the immediate future of business travel. When can we get our sales force back in front of customers? What are the considerations, and what are the new rules for business travelers?



6-4-20: Guidance and Tips for Managing Newly Remote Work Teams

Join us for this complimentary and timely webinar as we offer guidance and tips for adopting and administering remote work arrangements. Explore strategies that can help you ease the transition and improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees.



7-16-20: Safety and Automation

Join MSCI and Kurt Fowler of CareGo will cover the implementation of automation in facilities with the following in mind; building design, process layout, hardware, execution and training. The Q&A session follows after the presentation.



8-18-20: Engagement & Communication to Stay Focused on Safety During COVID-19

COVID-19 is ongoing and spiking – what more can we do, what should we do based on what we’ve learned so far? Employees are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on their daily family lives, and physical distance and masks are a barrier on the job. How do we build relationships and motivate employees to stay focused on the company’s safety culture? How do we engage and communicate? How, with a reduced workforce where employees need to wear many hats and take on roles they are not regularly accustomed to, do we reduce workplace distraction and prevent an injury uptick? Shmuel Cohen, director of environmental health and safety for Steel Warehouse, will answer these questions and more as he discusses how to calm the perfect storm this pandemic has created.




4-30-20 How to Be the Calm in the Chaos 9-2-2020 The Future of Industrial Metals Sales

Join MSCI for a free webinar featuring Dr. Samuel Chun of the Olin Business School at Washington University. Dr. Chun will discuss the changing nature of the sales function and the nature and importance of emerging technologies that enable companies to be more efficient and effective at reaching customers. We will also talk about how the COVID pandemic is accelerating these changes. This free one-hour webinar took place on Wednesday, September 2nd at 1:00 PM CDT.