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The Fairfield Dolan Dean’s Executive Forum engages thought leaders and distinguished executives to discuss issues that have profound impacts on business and/or societies. This series is designed for the Dolan School of Business community including students, faculty, alumni, parents, supporters and friends.

Recent Dean’s Executive Forums

Past Executive Forums

AY 2021-22

“Developing CFOs and Beyond” (March 2022) with Sandy Cockrell, Executive Vice President and CFO of Flipt, LLC

“Leading and Managing in Uncertain Times” (November 2021) with Ursula Hurley ’04, CFO of JetBlue

“Fall 2021 Dean’s Executive Forum Kickoff” (September 2021) with Matt Idema, COO of WhatsApp

AY 2020-21

“Big Data: The Power and Responsibility" (April 2021) with Hugh Davis, President, Dynata and Maggie Zhang, PhD, Head of OTT Measurement and Research, Amazon Advertising

“Rethinking Capitalism” (March 2021) with Gary Pinkus, Chairman for McKinsey and Company, North America

“Women Leadership and Wall Street" (February 2021) with Jennifer Piepszak ‘92, CFO, JPMorgan Chase

"Defining Talent for Tomorrow: A Leading Perspective" (November 2020) with John Kinney ’93, EVP and Chief Claim Officer, The Hartford, Kia Javanmardian, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, and Elixabete Larrea Tamayo, Partner, McKinsey & Company

"The Dynamics of Music Industries: Business Models and Innovation" (October 2020) with Larry Mattera P’23, Former GM, Warner Brothers Records

"Financial Industries of Post Pandemic: Investment and Careers" (September 2020) with Tim Gately ’93, Managing Director, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa Cash Equities, Citigroup

AY 2019-20

"C-Suite: Paths to Success With Alumni Brian and John Kinney" (February 2020) with Brian Kinney ’94, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for State Street Corporation and John Kinney ’93, EVP and Chief Claim Officer for The Hartford, managing consumer and commercial markets claims

“The Power of Integrating Liberal Arts and Business Education for Career Success” (October 2019) with panelists John Berisford, President, S&P Global Ratings New York, Grace Bang, Data Scientist, S&P Global Ratings, New York, Eden Perry, Head of U.S. Public Finance, S&P Global Ratings, Mark Risi, Managing Director, Head of US & Canadian Structured Finance. Collaboration with College of Arts & Sciences.

“Entrepreneurship in the Modern Economy: Leveraging Innovation and Workforce Development” (September 2019) with Chris Pilkerton ’95, acting administrator and general counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Moderated by Dean Zhan Li, DBA, and Chris Huntley, PhD, associate professor and program director of Fairfield StartUp.

AY 2018-19

"Cryptocurrency - What, Why, and How it’s Changing Society" (March 2019) with Murray Stahl, CEO of Horizon Kinetics

"Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century" (February 2019)
Moderator: Nancy Altobello '80, former EY Global Vice Chair for Talent
Ursula Hurley ’04, VP Treasurer at JetBlue Airways, Lindsey Moore ’04, CFO of Bloomberg Enterprise
Sales & Analytics, Lindsay Muldoon ’04, Vice President of Northern Trust Global Fund Services, Natalie Reska ’04, Managing Director and Head of Americas Institutional Commodities Sales at BOA, Lindsay Sampson Bishop ’04, Partner at K&L Gates, Colleen Tycz ’04, MA’11, Director, National Account Manager, Retirement Solutions Division at Legg Mason Global Asset Management

"#MeToo and the Changing Dynamics in the Workplace" (October 2018)
Moderator: Dr. Lisa Mainiero, professor of management
Rachel Lieberman, Sr. VP & Chief Counsel, Labor, Employment & Benefits, Synchrony Financial,
Patricia M. Nazemetz, Former Chief Human Resource and Ethics Officer, Xerox Corporation,
Simon Fenner, Managing Director of Luke Oil, former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley for 20 years

AY 2017-18

"Reinsurance: Managing Risk in a Global Economy" (April 2018)
Brian Boornazian ’82, Chairman of Aspen Re
Frank Hand ’86, Executive Managing Director at Aon Benfield
John Welch ’87, Chief Executive of North America at XL Catlin

"Why Should We Care About Income Inequality?" (November 2017)
Phil Cagnassola ’92, Founder of Frasier Capital
Richard Greenwald, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Rev. Frank Hannafey, S.J., Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Kathy Nantz, PhD, Professor of Economics

"Alternative Investments: What Accounting, Econ, Finance, and Management Students Need to Know" (September 2017)
Owen G. Tharrington, Managing Director of Gridiron Capital
Hal Schroeder, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and former Partner at Carlson Capital


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