Leadership


Student Investors Endorse Their First Startup: A Gaming Company that Teaches Kids Social/Emotional Skills

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The recently created, student-run Hillside Venture Capital investment team has selected its first company to support–an educational-technology startup that strives to enhance social and emotional learning in children through a video-game app.Continue Reading


Former WWE Exec: You Can Bend the World To You, If You Do the Right Things

Geroge Barrios, right, at the 2019 School of Business Hall of Fame ceremony. Barrios spoke to EMBA students in Hartford, Conn. (Tom Hurlburt / UConn School of Business)
Geroge Barrios, right, at the 2019 School of Business Hall of Fame ceremony. Barrios spoke to EMBA students in Hartford, Conn. (Tom Hurlburt / UConn School of Business)

Entertainment titan and UConn alumnus George Barrios is frequently asked for career advice, and he tells his proteges is to be optimistic, passionate, and maintain a good attitude.Continue Reading


MBA/LAW Team Members Already Using Their Newly Honed Negotiation Skills

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Although they didn’t earn top-standing in this year’s international negotiation challenge, UConn’s team of MBA and Law students were champions nevertheless.

“This experience has already impacted my work,” said MBA-candidate Jasdeep Singh. “I am currently Head of Operations and Marketing for 3BC LLC and we are in the midst of a negotiation that has been months in the making.Continue Reading


Negotiation Challenge Participant: ‘I Learned How to Stand My Ground’

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Although MBA student Nishant Jain and his team won first-place in the 6th Annual Business Law Negotiation competition last week, there really was no way to lose, he said.

“The ability to negotiate is a necessary skillset for any professional, and to be able to develop and refine this skill was a fantastic opportunity,” said Jain, whose teammates were law students Magdalena Klin and Jacqueline Cushing. “It is going to be very useful, especially when I am job hunting or trying to move up the ladder in an organization.”Continue Reading


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

Photo of former Wal MArt CEO Bill Simon posing at UConn Stamford.
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


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


Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon: In Challenging Times, the Wisest Business Leaders Triumph

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon poses in front of an escalator in the UConn Stamford campus.
Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA is the keynote speaker for the Schools of Business’s Rosenberg McVay Business Leadership series. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Even in a year of unprecedented upheaval like this one, exceptional business leaders must persevere, said former Walmart CEO and UConn alumnus Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA.Continue Reading


A Recipe for Success (and Cauliflower) from Chef Geoff

Plated Honey Sriracha Cauliflower (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Honey Sriracha Cauliflower (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Entrepreneur and restaurateur Geoff Tracy spoke about his career journey and how he tackles complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity at the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference in Stamford earlier this month. He also shared his popular recipe for honey sriracha cauliflower with the audience and prepared a sample for them to taste. After the conference, we received many requests from attendees who wanted a copy of Chef Geoff’s recipe, so we’re sharing it here.Continue Reading


Auriemma Leadership Conference: ‘Do the Brave Thing’

Lucy Gilson (left), Associate Dean of the UConn School of Business and Geno Auriemma (right), Head Coach of UConn Women's Basketball, speak during the first day of the Leadership Conference.  This year's program focused on leading through complexity and uncertainty. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Lucy Gilson (left), Associate Dean of the UConn School of Business and Geno Auriemma (right), Head Coach of UConn Women’s Basketball, speak during the first day of the Leadership Conference. This year’s program focused on leading through complexity and uncertainty. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Embrace disruption or be left behind.

That was one of the powerful messages shared by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Co-President George Barrios ’87, ’89 MBA, one of the keynote speakers at the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference in Stamford, Conn.Continue Reading


Former NBA Executive Says Diversity is the Key

Patrick Harris ’70 (BUSN) returned to UConn this week to speak about diversity at the Rosenberg-McVay Business Leadership Luncheon, as well as to address students from UConn’s Scholars House.   (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Patrick Harris ’70 (BUSN) returned to UConn this week to speak about diversity at the Rosenberg-McVay Business Leadership Luncheon, as well as to address students from UConn’s Scholars House. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

As a 10-year-old boy, Patrick Harris ’70 (BUSN) cried when he realized his dark skin prevented him from being served at a Woolworth lunch counter in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

But the racial discrimination he encountered didn’t derail his spirit for long. He went on to become one of the most powerful executives in the NBA, as Vice President, CFO of the Los Angeles Lakers.Continue Reading