Author: Claire Hall


UConn Redesigns MBA Programs to Offer More Flexible Course Options

UConn Today – The UConn School of Business announced plans on Thursday, Jan. 20 to redesign its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, a decision reflecting growing student interest in more flexible educational options.


MBA, Law Students Vie To Represent UConn at International Negotiations Challenge in Greece This Spring

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Only a few days remain to register for the popular Negotiations Case Competition and management professor Nora Madjar expects this year’s event, like years past, will draw some of the brightest MBA and law students at UConn.Continue Reading


Professor Leanne Adams To Accounting Students: Your Skill Can Change Lives

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Accounting Professor Leanne Adams, pictured above, spends her springs assisting people in need with their taxes through GetYourRefund and VITA. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

What started as a good-will gesture, helping low-income people get their tax refunds, turned into a transformative personal and professional experience for UConn accounting professor Leanne Adams.Continue Reading


Inaugural Alumni Case Competition to Help Bridgeport Youth Advocates Strengthen Their Organization’s Growth

Group of volunteers and participants in Connect-Us, based in Bridgeport. UConn is hosting an alumni case competition to benefit the non-profit (Contributed Photo)
Group of volunteers and participants in Connect-Us, based in Bridgeport. UConn is hosting an alumni case competition to benefit the non-profit (Contributed Photo)

Pam Lewis and her team at Connect-Us are fierce advocates for teenagers and young adults in Bridgeport, and the programs they run have been extremely successful.

Connect-Us accepts students and young adults, regardless of academic achievements, if they have a true desire to excel.

“Our programs reach young people in Bridgeport who do not have access to the same connections, resources, and opportunities as their peers who are growing up in other, more affluent areas of Fairfield County,” said Lewis, the founder and CEO.

“Through Connect-Us, young people in Bridgeport have new experiences with each other, with business professionals, and with adult volunteers,” she said. “They take new risks and learn skills that can be applied to their future, whether that’s going to college, entering the workforce, or any number of paths.”Continue Reading


Top Financial Experts Identify Risks, Opportunities During Well-Attended SPAC Conference

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With Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) exploding in growth and professional intrigue, the School of Business offered a financial conference to explore the business model, its advantages, and challenges.

Some 275 people participated in the UConn SPAC Conference, believed to be the first university-sponsored conference of its kind in the nation.Continue Reading


Women Are Facing Greater Interruption Challenges with Remote Work Than Their Male Colleagues

UConn Today – Women employees are facing bigger career challenges than their male colleagues with interruptions to their work-from-home life, according to new research by UConn management professor Nora Madjar.


Business Leaders Recommend Their Favorite Business Books of 2021

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The holiday season provides a good opportunity for busy executives and students, alike, to catch up on some of the best books of the year. We asked prominent Connecticut business leaders and members of our UConn faculty what business-focused book they would most highly recommend from 2021. Here are their selections:

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Business Graduate Students ‘Turned on the Jets,’ Topped Nearly 500 Teams to Win Bloomberg’s First Global Trading Challenge

UConn Today – A team of Stamford-based UConn business graduate students won the highly competitive 2021 Bloomberg Global Trading Challenge, topping almost 500 teams from around the world.

The winning team credited its success to a professor’s advice to make smart and bold decisions, an investment strategy that identified underdog companies that were responding to market demands, and their UConn education that prepared them for thorough assessments of prospective investments.


UConn SPAC Conference Will Address the Hottest Topic in Financial Markets

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The UConn School of Business will host a half-day conference on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), which are seeing a dramatic spike in interest in the financial and investment communities this year.

“This is the topic of the year in the financial markets,” said Professor Yiming Qian, the Toscano Family Chair in Finance at UConn. “SPAC is not new, but was not popular until last year. Before 2020, the annual numbers of SPAC IPOs were in one or two digits. In 2020, however, the number jumped to 248 (compared to 165 traditional IPOs). The number for 2021 already exceeded 500.” Continue Reading