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The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to feature business leaders across industries to share their experience with students in an informal setting. Programs are developed in collaboration with a Dean’s Executive Forum Student Committee and are held three times a year.








“#MeToo and Changing Dynamics in the Workforce.”

At this panel lecture speakers addressed the topics of the #Metoo movement and the workplace environment. Legal implications, human resources, and executive management were discussed. The diverse backgrounds of panelists facilitated a broad review of this timely and pertinent issue.

The event was moderated by Dolan faculty Lisa A. Mainiero, PhD, professor of management. Her research includes the study of kaleidoscope careers (the KCM), the intersection between workplace romance and sexual harassment, executive women, power and political strategies, and men's and women's new career paths.

The panel included:

  • Rachel Lieberman: senior VP and chief counsel, labor, employment and benefits, Synchrony Financial
  • Patricia Nazemetz: former Chief Human Relations Officer, Xerox. Now serves on several boards and consults
  • Simon Fenner: Managing Director of Luke Oil, former MD at Morgan Stanley for 20 years


"Reinsurance: Managing Risk in a Global Economy"

The Dolan School hosted a fireside chat with alumni reinsurance experts to explain the industry and discuss potential career paths. Industry experts Brian Boornazian ’82, chairman of Aspen Re, Frank Hand ’86, executive managing director at Aon Benfield, and John Welch ’87, chief executive of North America at XL Catlin, comprised the panel. Each panel member shared their personal experiences working in the reinsurance industry and addressed questions from the audience. Mark Ligas, PhD, interim dean of the Dolan School and associate professor of marketing, moderated the discussion. The Dean’s Lecture also explored industry outlook as well as the variety of risks encountered by the reinsurance market. Attendees learned from panel members about the greatest risks they’ve taken during their careers.



“Why Should We Care About Income Inequality?”

The lecture, “Why Should We Care About Income Inequality?” explored how income inequality is an important issue for students in a Jesuit university. The goal of the discussion was for students to learn what business leaders can do about income inequality. Panelists discussed the concept of income inequality on a wide range of perspectives and address the following:

  • What income inequality is, how it differs from other social inequalities, and why it matters.
  • The history of income inequality.
  • How income inequality can be viewed from the perspective of Catholic social teachings.
  • How income inequality can be viewed from a professional perspective as a business investor.

Panelists Phil Cagnassola ’92, Dolan School investor-in-residence and founder of Frasier Capital, Rev. Frank Hannafey, S.J., associate professor of Religious Studies, and Kathy Nantz, PhD, professor of Economics fueled the discussion.


“Alternative Investments: What Accounting, Econ, Finance, and Management Students Need to Know”

As part of the Dolan School Dean’s Lecture series, Dolan hosted industry leaders Owen G. Tharrington, managing director of Gridiron Capital, and Hal Schroeder, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) board member and former partner at Carlson Capital. Tharrington and Schroeder addressed not only the roles of accounting and finance, but the part economics and management play in the world of Alternative Investing. The lecture was followed by a guided Q&A from the Dean’s Lecture Committee members Danielle Izzo ’18, Keely Riel ’18, and Thomas Uriuoli ’19.


“Global Outlook for Private Equity Investing with John D. Dionne, Senior Advisor to Blackstone”

The lecture was led by John D. Dionne, senior advisor to Blackstone and Harvard Business School professor. Dionne’s presentation provided an overview of the current global economic climate and its impact on trends and developments in private equity investing. Students participated in a Q&A session that addressed the presentation, as well as insights into his professional background and career recommendations.



“Paths to Success in Accounting”

A panel discussion, student moderators met with representatives from the Big 4 as they discussed their unique "ladder to success" in their accounting career. Panelists included Maria Martorello, Deloitte, Larry Dunn, EY, Tessa Criticos, KPMG, and Evron Trim, PwC


“Business in Ethics”

Moderated by Professor David Schmidt with Xerox corporate officers Joel Mancini and Patricia Nazemetz. At "Business in Ethics", real-world scenarios were presented in a “fireside chat” setting, inviting students to participate in this interactive program. As a topic that extends across industries, all majors were encouraged to attend.

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