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UConn Receives $22.5M Gift for Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Peter J. Werth speaks at an event to announce his $22.5 million commitment to the University on Dec. 4, 2017.
Peter J. Werth speaks at an event to announce his $22.5 million commitment to the University on Dec. 4, 2017. The pledge from Werth, an innovator in generic prescription medication, is the second-largest in University history. Seated is President Susan Herbst. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The UConn Foundation has received a $22.5 million commitment from Peter J. Werth, ensuring a legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship for generations of students to come.

“Peter’s transformative and historic commitment cements his legacy as a most generous friend to UConn,” said Josh Newton, President and CEO, UConn Foundation. “As a steadfast UConn supporter for many years, Peter has previously given very generously to our athletic programs. We’re grateful that his generosity has expanded to include academics, especially into an area that supports the economy of our state: entrepreneurship and innovation. We hope he will inspire others to follow his lead.” Continue Reading


Business School Hosts NYC Alumni Event

Leading in Turbulent Times (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for GLG)
Managing Director and Head of Business Development at GLG Patrick Donegan chats with UConn School of Business Dean John Elliott (left) and others at “Leading in Turbulent Times.” The event was presented by GLG and UConn School of Business at GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) on November 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for GLG)

Panelists: ‘Turbulent Times’ Provide Opportunities for Leaders to Emerge

Former U.S. Navy SEAL commander David Cooper knows a few things about leading in turbulent times.

Cooper served the elite unit for 25 years, ventured on dozens of dangerous deployments, and earned an array of medals, including one Silver Star and six Bronze Stars.

So when he talked about the U.S. Navy Seals’ 10-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden, and his killing in May 2011, the audience of UConn graduate business students, alumni and friends were engrossed. Continue Reading


CIOs Ask Daily: What’s Next in Business?

CIO panelists from Synchrony Financial, FactSet, and Stanley Black & Decker talk about Leading Digital Transformation (Katherine Ruiz/UConn School of Business)
CIO panelists from Synchrony Financial, FactSet, and Stanley Black & Decker talk about Leading Digital Transformation (Katherine Ruiz/UConn School of Business)

Whether their business is customer service, manufacturing of tools, or software and analytics, corporate chief information officers are always focused on the next “best technology.”

That was the message from the UConn School of Business-sponsored program on Nov. 7 titled, “Leading Digital Transformation,” at the Stamford campus. Panelists included Carol Juel of Synchrony Financial, Cindy Finkelman of FactSet and Lori Groth of Stanley Black & Decker. The program was moderated by Sulin Ba, associate dean.

All three presenters talked about the rapid pace of business today and that their companies must quickly adapt to digital transformations ranging from cybersecurity to artificial intelligence to employee recruitment.


Business Leaders Assess Impact of Technology

Stamford Advocate – The executives who participated in the panel discussion Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut talked a lot about speed. As chief information officers at three of the state’s fastest-growing companies, they said they think constantly about keeping up with the pace of change.

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Faculty Creativity in Action

To spur creativity during the closing session, conference participants were given minimal resources such as old magazines and cardboard boxes, with which they created "toy theatres" at the Ballard Puppetry Museum. (Devin Basdekian/UConn School of Business)
To spur creativity during the closing session, conference participants were given minimal resources such as old magazines and cardboard boxes, with which they created “toy theatres” at the Ballard Puppetry Museum. (Devin Basdekian/UConn School of Business)

Cooking, Puppetry, Research All Part of Management’s Creativity Conference

How do you celebrate and inspire creativity when you have three dozen top creative scholars coming to campus? Continue Reading


UConn Hosts CIBER Case Challenge

CIBER Case Challenge participants gather around the Husky statue on the UConn Storrs campus for a quick photo. (Arminda Kamphausen/UConn School of Business)
CIBER Case Challenge participants gather around the Husky statue on the UConn Storrs campus for a quick photo. (Arminda Kamphausen/UConn School of Business)

Unique Competition Requires Strong Knowledge; Fosters Quick Team Bonding, Personal Growth

The UConn Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) held its 14th Annual Case Challenge in October and the event included business case brainstorming, forging new friendships and a day trip to Boston. Continue Reading


CTSBDC, School of Business Address Chinese Business Delegation

In late October, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the UConn School of Business addressed a business delegation from China. (Emily Carter/Connecticut Small Business Development Center)
On November 1, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the UConn School of Business addressed a business delegation from China. (Emily Carter/Connecticut Small Business Development Center)

On November 1, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the UConn School of Business addressed a business delegation from China. The delegation, representing 22 of the country’s largest industry sectors, learned about the approaches and services used by CTSBDC to assist the state’s small businesses, as well as the educational programs and resources offered by the business school. Graduate student and former VERGE consultant Guanwei Tao and CTSBDC business advisor Joe Williams were also part of the conversation which took place at the New Haven Chamber of Commerce.


UConn Alum Malfettone Speaks About Corporate Compliance as a Competitive Advantage

John Malfettone '77 speaks about corporate compliance as a competitive advantage. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
John Malfettone ’77 speaks about corporate compliance as a competitive advantage. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

John Malfettone ’77, senior managing director and chief compliance officer at Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, spoke to 100 students and alumni about “Corporate Compliance as a Competitive Advantage.” Continue Reading



Protecting the Vulnerable

India Gravel Quarries (U.Roberto (Robin) Romano Papers, Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library)
India Gravel Quarries (U.Roberto (Robin) Romano Papers, Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library)

UConn Human Rights Conference Gathers Experts to Address Ways to Watch Over Garment Workers

The new shirt that you are wearing is impeccably tailored and bears a prominent designer label, so it must be responsibly sourced.

Right? Continue Reading