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Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon: Business Will Be Pivotal In Post-COVID Rebound

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Former Wal Mart CEO Bill Simon, pictured above, posing at UConn Stamford. Bill was the keynote speaker for the Rosenberg McVay Lecture Series. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business.)

Long before he became the President and CEO of Walmart, UConn alumnus Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA worked as a production manager in an RJR-Nabisco cigarette factory.

With a freshly minted UConn bachelors degree, and having served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Simon was less than thrilled to be designated the factory’s third-shift supervisor. Within weeks he recognized that if he didn’t take charge of his career, he would be in the same job for 30 years.Continue Reading

UConn Entrepreneur Smashes a Home Run With Sophisticated Baseball-Training Invention

UConn Today – As a high school baseball player, Elijah Taitel ’22 (BUS, ENG) wanted to develop a more powerful, well-refined swing to deliver blistering results at bat. Little did he know when he began creating the ProVelocity Bat, an innovative baseball and softball training tool, it would attract the interest of the Tampa Bay Rays, an MLB slugger, and numerous private coaches and parents.Continue Reading

Geno Auriemma Supports New Program to Further Boost UConn Grad Students at the Recruiting Table

UConn Today – Geno Auriemma, head coach of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, is again partnering with the UConn School of Business – this time by supporting a new lecture-and-workshop series to help 2,000 graduate business students enhance their leadership skills.

The series, which began Oct. 13, focuses on value-centered leadership, learning to reset and transform, and intentional networking. Each executive lecture will be followed by workshops led by a career coach to reinforce the lessons.Continue Reading

Words of Wisdom Punctuate Stamford BCLC’s ‘Fireside Chats’ Podcast

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As a freshman, Ryan Stone loved listening to the guest speakers invited to campus through the Business Connections Learning Community (BCLC) Stamford.

“They were super interesting,” said Stone, a junior and a Fairfield resident. “You would take away something different from each one.”

But by semester’s end, Stone was dismayed to find he couldn’t instantly recall all the speakers’ helpful tips and career insights when he was studying for an exam or prepping for a job interview.Continue Reading

No More Worry Warts: Medical Resident’s Innovation May Revolutionize Patient Care

Reid Waldman MD is a resident in the dermatology practice at UConn Health on June 19, 2018. (Stan Godlewski for UConn Health)
Reid Waldman MD is a resident in the dermatology practice at UConn Health. Waldman is one of five UConn innovators who will compete in the Wolff New Venture competition. (Stan Godlewski for UConn Health)

Ugggh, warts. They’re disgusting!

Although they may be a minor-league player in the hierarchy of medical maladies, warts are the source of annoyance, embarrassment and, often, teasing for school-age kids.Continue Reading

Human Rights, Business Practices — and a Generation Ready to Make a Difference

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Human Rights, Business Practices — and a Generation Ready to Make a Difference

During the 10 years that Rachel Chambers worked as a barrister, practicing employment and discrimination law in the British courts, she occasionally wore formal attire: a full-length robe and a white, horsehair wig.

No wig is required in her role today as a UConn postdoctoral fellow and professor, where her international legal experiences, recent work for the United Nations, and passion for social justice prepared her to teach BLAW 3252: “Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility.”Continue Reading

Two Months From Graduation, Xavier Cole ’20 (BUS) Says: ‘Make Excuses, Or Make It Happen’

UConn Today – Few people have a pivotal moment in life at just 7 years old.

But that’s when UConn senior Xavier Cole made a powerful promise to his older brother, Joey. If you adopt me, he told Joey, I will be the first in our family to graduate college; I will make something of my life.Continue Reading

Pisces Atlantic Wins Prestigious Wolff New Venture Competition

UConn Student Peter Goggins poses in a rustic warehouse.
UConn Senior Peter Goggins is the founder of Pisces Atlantic. He competes against four other startups in the Wolff New Venture Competition on October 19th. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Student Entrepreneur Opens Fish-Food Production Facility; Prepares for Next Business Competition

Except for the challenges of operating an extruder machine that is as complex as an airplane control panel, and the problem of disposing of fish-food dust that can pile up ankle-deep, Peter Goggins is a happy guy.Continue Reading