Corporate Social Responsibility is Topic of UConn’s ‘Thought Leadership’ Breakfast on April 26

Executive Breakfast: Global Corporate Social Responsibility | Apr. 26, 2016

“Global Corporate Social Responsibility: What Every Manager Should Know,” is the subject of the University of Connecticut School of Business’ third Spring 2016 Thought Leadership Breakfast Seminar.

The April 26 program will be held at the Graduate Business Learning Center, 100 Constitution Plaza in Hartford. The event begins with breakfast and networking from 7:30 to 8 a.m., followed by the presentation and questions from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The program is free, but registration is limited. For more information or to register, please call Amanda Spada at 860-486-5498 or email Amanda.Spada@business.uconn.edu.Continue Reading

Broken Pipes But No Broken Spirit

Natasha Roggi '05 (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Natasha Roggi ’05 (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

For Yoga Studio Owner Natasha Roggi ’05

The first five times that broken pipes damaged her thriving downtown Hartford yoga studio, UConn alumna Natasha (Grove) Roggi ’05, mopped, scrubbed, repaired–and soldiered on.

But the sixth time was devastating. The water damage was so extensive that the studio was a total loss, the building uninhabitable.

“I felt like it was the worst day of my life,” Roggi said of March 4, 2015, when flooding forced Bikram Yoga Downtown Hartford studio to shut its doors. “I’d been in business for three years and we had just turned a corner. We had a solid following of loyal clientele.”Continue Reading

Courage and Expertise

Hartford, Conn.

Executive MBA Grads Reconnect at Hartford Event, Say UConn Education Bolstered Their Careers

Joe Connolly ’06 MBA, the vice president of administration and chief experience officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, earned an MBA degree through UConn’s Executive MBA (EMBA) Program because he thought greater financial knowledge would enhance his career. It did.Continue Reading

‘Risk Intelligent Compliance’ is Topic Of UConn’s Thought Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 10 in Hartford

Executive Breakfast Series | Risk Intelligent Compliance | Feb 10, 2016

“Risk Intelligent Compliance,” is the topic of the first in a series of Spring 2016 Thought Leadership Breakfast Seminars sponsored by the UConn School of Business.

The program will be offered Feb. 10 at UConn’s Graduate Business Learning Center, 100 Constitution Plaza, in Hartford. The event begins with breakfast and networking from 7:30 to 8 a.m., followed by the presentation by business law professor Robert Bird from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The program is free, but registration is limited. For more information or to register, please call Amanda Spada at 860-486-5498 or email Amanda.Spada@business.uconn.edu.

Compliance is big business and the stakes for a firm are high. Yet companies cannot simply dedicate unlimited time and resources to solving compliance issues. The skilled manager must know how to implement compliance effectively and do so at low cost and without disruption. Successful firms will be able to intelligently manage a full spectrum of risks and make decisions that both effectively and efficiently protect the firm from sanctions and harm.

In the seminar, Bird will introduce the concept of risk-intelligent compliance. He will discuss how to make compliance decisions within the confines of limited time and resources. Compliance risk is now a fact of life and something that cannot be completely eliminated. Managers can, however, evaluate the magnitude of various risks and then apply resources in a manner that is most efficient and effective in minimizing exposure. The seminar will explore multiple kinds of efficiency, the trade-off between risk and cost, and show how firms can best achieve their compliance goals and promote compliance as a source of innovation.

Bird, who is the Eversource Utilities Chair in Business Ethics at UConn, is a highly regarded and highly awarded researcher, who specializes in employment law, legal strategy, intellectual property, law and marketing, business and human rights and related fields. He has authored more than 70 academic publications in top journals and has received 15 research-related awards. He earned his law degree from Boston University in 1996.

Careers in Finance: Perspectives from the Hartford CFA Society

Careers in Finance: Perspectives from the Hartford CFA Society
Armond Hodge, president of the UConn Graduate Finance Association, moderates a panel discussion on Careers in Finance at the GBLC in Hartford. Panelists L to R: Jukka Lipponen, CFA, president of Independent Insurance Analysts LLC (IIA); Pamela E. Minish, CFA, vice president and portfolio manager for First Niagara Private Client; Shankar Shivakumar, CFA, founding director of Shaan Capital; and Quinten Smallwood ’08, CFA, research analyst at the Hartford Investment Management Company. (Theodoros Menounos/UConn School of Business)

On November 11th, 2015, the UConn School of Business Graduate Finance Association (GFA), in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and CFA Society Hartford, hosted this year’s Careers in Finance CFA Panel and Networking Reception. Over 30 students from the Financial Risk Management (FRM), Full-time and Part-time MBA Programs were in attendance.Continue Reading

2015 Graduate Career Fair

The room buzzed with opportunities and excitement for students, recruiters and business leaders during the UConn School of Business Graduate Career Fair.

The Oct. 23 event welcomed 50 recruiters and business leaders from 21 companies, including Cigna, Target, Prudential, CVS Health, Northwestern Mutual, UTC and Eversource.

2015 Graduate Career Fair

Students actively engaged in lively discussions and productive networking with company representatives during the second annual event hosted by the School of Business Graduate Career Development Office.

Almost 500 students attended the Career Fair at the Marriott in Downtown Hartford. Positive feedback was given from students and corporate partners.

Students were prepared to talk about internships and fulltime opportunities. One company even scheduled a follow-up interview for the next day!

Dreaming of a Day When Hartford Joins the Ranks of ‘College Towns’

Hartford Courant- Can Hartford become a real college town? The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education sure hopes so. The anticipation of two new downtown campuses in the next two years has educational leaders dreaming of a Hartford where college students are more visible, and where city students can aspire for higher education without having to travel to a leafy suburban campus for a peek at college culture.

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Dean Tom Gutteridge’s Accomplishments Endure

Tom Gutteridge (UConn School of Business)

In 10 Years, He Moved School of Business from Regional Dominance to National Prominence

During the 10 years that Tom Gutteridge served as dean of the UConn School of Business, the program experienced tremendous growth, including the construction of a new academic building and creation of significant partnerships and programs within the business community.Continue Reading

MBA Scavenger Hunt 2015

UConn MBA Class of 2017
The UConn MBA Class of 2017 before embarking on their scavenger hunt in downtown Hartford (Meg Warren/UConn School of Business)

Learning from a Unique Experience

You learn in various ways and through various methods in a rigorous program like MBA. But how often are graduate students exposed to opportunities that combine simple fun and valuable learning experiences? On Sept. 11, the UConn MBA Class of 2017 did a scavenger hunt in downtown Hartford.

“A scavenger hunt for the MBA students?” you may say, with certain hints of skepticism. This may have been a purely relaxation technique or an absolute waste of time. However, if you try to understand the underlying purpose of the hunt, you will feel differently about this.Continue Reading

Up Next: Compliance

Executive Breakfast Series: Building a Culture of Compliance

‘Building a Culture of Compliance’ Continues Executive Education Breakfast Series

The Chief Operating Officer of a nuclear utility in Washington state noticed an employee trip on the stairs after catching her heel on some loose carpeting. The executive, laden with a full schedule of meetings and decisions, “stood guard” in the stairway until a repair person could arrive, ensuring that no one else got hurt.

That is one example of what a ‘culture of compliance’ looks like, where everyone, including key executives, takes individual responsibility for the values of the organization, said Robert Bird, a UConn professor of business law and the keynote speaker at an upcoming UConn School of Business Executive Education breakfast program titled, “Building a Culture of Compliance.”Continue Reading