Fairfield University presents Leading the Business

An experiential leadership and simulation program

Check out our video from 2013 to see how the program works!

Agenda | Faculty

Fairfield University and TRI Corporation present a three-day seminar for
selected clients to develop their future leaders. The seminar is valuable for Senior Manager and Director level positions. Participants will gain experience
in creating and driving strategy and innovation agendas, building and
developing teams, and delivering business results.

During the seminar, there will be faculty-led discussions covering topics in Strategy, Driving Growth, Managing Innovation, and Ethics and Leadership
as well as as one-on-one coaching sessions with participants on their
personal challenges. Participants will also take part in a simulation that challenges teams to manage an enterprise with exercises in business strategy, decision-making, and leadership skills.

This seminar may hold 24 CPE credits for CPA professionals and has been pre-approved by the HR Certification Institute for 24 recertification credit hours.

Participants in this program will gain:

  • Leadership Conference - School of BusinessExperience in business strategy formulation and execution
  • Improved ability to assess competitive landscapes
  • Heightened understanding of customer needs
  • Insight into their business value chain-and how their strategy fits into the big picture
  • Business acumen skills in variance analysis, cash generation, return on assets and profitable growth
  • Exposure to situations demanding innovative and critical thinking, complex decision-making, forecasting, risk mitigation and dealing with unexpected circumstances
  • Insight into creating and maintaining high performing teams
  • Self-knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader-and plans for personal leadership development

Sample agenda

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Introductions: Similarities & Differences
  • Comparative Strategies
  • Simulation Introduction
  • Team Lunch
  • Simulation: Q3 2011 - Strategy, Organizational Structure, Decision-Making Process
  • Simulation DSS Overview
  • Consortium Business Presentations
  • Simulation: Q4 2011 Finish Strong, Prepare for Next Year
  • Comparative Financial Systems

Day 2

  • Breakfast with Faculty
  • Review/Preview Team Process Check and Peer Feedback Notes
  • Driving Markets: Behaviors and Attributes
  • Operating Review I Preparation
  • Working Lunch
  • Operation Review I
  • Simulation Q1 2012 Commit to Plan
  • Consortium Business Presentations
  • Simulation: Q2 2012 Focus on the Competition
  • Dinner - Dolan School of Business Advisory Council Guest Speaker: TBA

Day 3

  • Breakfast with Faculty
  • Review/Preview Team Process Check and Peer Feedback Notes
  • Managing Innovation
  • Simulation: Q3 2012 New Product Introduction Innovation Tradeshow
  • Networking Lunch
  • Simulation: Q4 2012 Balancing the Short Term with the Long Term
  • Final Peer Feedback
  • Operating Review Preparations
  • Simulation Debrief
  • Evaluations and Final Reflections

For more information on creating a customized program for your Company, please contact Patricia Pivarnik, ppivarnik@fairfield.edu, or (203) 254-4307.


dsb_conineThomas E. Conine, Jr.

Professor of Finance and Seminar Leader

Dr. Conine is Professor of Finance and has served as Associate Dean, Director of Research, Director of the Master of Science in Financial Management program and Chairman of Finance at the Dolan School of Business. Dr. Conine has been an adjunct faculty member of and consultant to General Electric's Management Development Institute (Crotonville) since the early 80s. He is co-owner of TRI Corporation, specialists in corporate education. His advanced degrees include an MBA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from New York University. He has lectured and published internationally on corporate finance and investments and has been cited as the "Number One Professor" by members of the graduating classes of Fairfield's Master of Science in Finance and MBA programs. He is a recent recipient of the "Distinguished Faculty Award" given by the Fairfield University Alumni for 30 years of service.



dsb_giapponiBusiness Strategy: Where We'd Like to Be an How We Get There

Dr. Catherine Giapponi
Associate Professor of Management, Dolan School of Business

Associate Professor of Management, Dolan School of Business Dr. Catherine Giapponi is an Associate Professor of Management in the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Dr. Giapponi earned her undergraduate degree from Providence College, her MBA from the University of Connecticut, and her doctorate from the University of New Haven.





dsb_dschmidtEthics and Leadership

Dr. David Schmidt
Associate Professor of Business Ethics, Dolan School of Business

David P. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the Dolan School of Business and Director of the Program in Applied Ethics at Fairfield University. His most recent publication is Wake-Up Calls: Classic Cases in Business Ethics, 2nd edition. His Ph.D. in social ethics was completed at the University of Chicago.

In addition to his scholarly teaching and research, for over 25 years Dr. Schmidt has consulted with Fortune 500 corporations, investment and savings banks, professional and trade associations, and universities and religious institutions. He designs and leads training programs, composes ethics codes and mission statements, and provides resources for policy making. Recently he was chief ethics consultant for strategic communications company iDNA, Inc. and he has been a featured columnist for business publications, including Inc. Magazine.


dsb_profile_gibsonStrategic Leadership

Dr. Donald E. Gibson
Dean and Professor of Management, Dolan School of Business

Donald E. Gibson is Dean and Professor of Management at the Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University. Professor Gibson teaches management and leadership courses at levels ranging from undergraduate to business executives. His research examines organizational role models, emotions in organizations, anger in the workplace, and conflict management. He received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and was a professor for six years at the Yale University School of Management.



For more information contact Patricia Pivarnik at (203) 254-4307.

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