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‘Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World’ is Topic of UConn’s Thought Leadership Breakfast Seminar on Mar. 10 in Stamford

Executive Breakfast: Long-term Thinking in a Short-term World | Mar. 10, 2016

“Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World” is the topic of the UConn School of Business’ second program in the Spring 2016 Thought Leadership Breakfast Seminar series.

The program will be March 10 at the UConn Stamford Campus, 1 University Place, Stamford, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and networking. The keynote presentation, by management professor David Souder, will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Register here or for more information, please contact Katherine Ruiz at (203) 251-8465 or Katherine.Ruiz@business.uconn.edu.

In times of crisis and rapid change, short-term thinking helps firms survive. But, to prosper over the long-term, the transformational impact of long-term action is a necessity. Souder will share the latest thoughts on how to keep your organization prosperous by incorporating long-term thinking, even when facing pressure for short-term results.

Souder’s ongoing research analyzes the experiences and consequences of firms’ long-horizon investments, including capital infrastructure, organization design and mergers and acquisitions. His articles have been published in top academic journals. In conjunction with the Network for Business Sustainability, Souder is the lead author of a report on ways to incorporate long-term thinking into current business decisions.

Souder is the academic director of UConn’s Executive MBA program and the Ph.D. Coordinator of the management department. Before joining academia, Souder spent a decade in the private sector as a strategy consultant based in New York and London. He also serves as the finance director for a start-up that launched a non-profit charter school in New York, and continues to advise business and community organizations.

‘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.

UConn’s CIBER Case Challenge Proposes Solutions to Real-World Challenges

University of Connecticut’s School of Business Hosts International Competition

From October 14th – 18th, the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Business will host students from both domestic and international universities, to participate in a competition to solve a real-world problem.

Now in their fifth year of hosting the competition, the UConn School of Business’ Center for Educational Business Education and Research (CIBER) has taken charge in their mission to increase the competitiveness of U.S. business in the global marketplace, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education which funds the CIBER program. This year’s competition hosts students hailing from 8 different Colleges and Universities, located within the U.S. as well as higher education institutions as far away as Johannesburg, South Africa. Sulin Ba, associate dean and CIBER faculty director, along with Michele Metcalf, CIBER director, will lead the event, proposing a challenging problem derived from the global business marketplace for which the teams of students must envision a solution.Continue Reading

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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

Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan to Speak at Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum

Connecticut Magazine – Women helping and inspiring other women—that is the crux of the Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum, which will take place at the UConn Stamford Campus on Friday, Sept. 18. It will be a day full of networking opportunities, informative workshops and a keynote talk for women entrepreneurs in Connecticut and Greater New York.

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Women in the Boardroom: Why the Invitation List is Still Closed

UConn Today – The issue of women in leadership has received a great deal of media attention recently. Talk abounds, for example, around the question of whether Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate or a woman running for president. Should she play the gender card? Would Donald Trump have reacted to the GOP debate moderator in the same way if Megyn Kelly had been Mike Kelly?

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Women In Boardroom Good for Business

Hartford Courant – On Sept. 16, the state treasurer’s office and the University of Connecticut will host (with the Connecticut Forum) “Women in the Corporate Boardroom: A Business Imperative for American Companies” at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, moderated by Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The forum will explore how having more women on corporate boards improves a company’s performance, as well as how to get more women on boards.

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‘Cosmo’ Editor-in-Chief Coming to UConn Stamford

Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum


Joanna Coles to Address Success, Empowerment at UConn Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum in September

Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum on Friday, Sept. 18, at the University of Connecticut Stamford campus. Coles was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan in September 2012. With 62 international editions in addition to the U.S. flagship, Cosmo is the world’s largest women’s magazine, reaching 18 million readers in the U.S. each month and more than 100 million worldwide. Coles additionally serves on the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a special focus on underserved women and communities.Continue Reading

Power of the Purse

UConn School of Business Supports United Way’s Family Financial Security Efforts

Faculty, staff to attend Power of the Purse

In just a week, UConn School of Business faculty and staff will be attending Power of the Purse, the signature event of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Women’s Leadership Council. The event raises funds for local women and families on their road to financial security.

Through their partnership with United Way, UConn School of Business and its employees ensure low-income working families have access to free financial literacy resources needed to become financially secure. This includes learning how to make the most of hard-earned dollars, reduce debt and save for the future.

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council is working with school leaders and nonprofit partners to offer adult financial education services at the family financial centers in Hartford. Clients benefit from financial literacy classes, one-on-one coaching, and access to matched savings accounts to help save for their education, job training, housing, transportation, or to reduce debt.

Partners in United Way’s work include the Hartford Partnership for Student Success and The Village for Families & Children, in addition to the community schools.

For more information about the work of the Women’s Leadership Council and to become involved, visit unitedwayinc.org/women.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut mobilizes people and organizations to give, advocate and volunteer to help children succeed, ensure families are healthy and financially secure, and provide access to basic needs. Since 1924, nearly $900 million has been raised to help people in our 40-town region. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org.

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‘Accelerate UConn’ Begins

New Program Prepares to Welcome Inaugural Teams of Inventors

The University of Connecticut is launching a new program, called Accelerate UConn, which will encourage and fund student and faculty teams interested in developing technology-focused start-up companies.

The program is made possible by a $100,000, one-year grant from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), that may be extended for two additional years.Continue Reading