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April 2020

“Women in Finance: Crypto & Blockchain”

Join “Women in Finance: Crypto & Blockchain”, where an expert panel will discuss, explore and celebrate the leadership of women in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries. This event is presented as part of the Dean’s Executive Forum, which allows students to connect with industry leaders in an intimate and conversational setting to learn about their fields, professional experience, and success stories.

The discussion will be moderated by:

Nazil Sila Alan, Assistant Professor of Finance
Kara Hunter, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Featured panelists:

  • Cherie Aimée - Chief Brand Officer at World Ethical Data Forum, Humanitarian and Ranked #4 of The Top 25 Blockchain Speakers
  • Kiana Danial - CEO of Invest Diva and author of 'Cryptocurrency Investing For Dummies'
  • Cristina Dolan - Internet Pioneer, Blockchain Expert and CEO/Founder of insideCHAINS
  • Camila Russo - Founder at The Defiant, a daily newsletter decrypting the intersection of blockchain and finance. Author of upcoming Harper Collins book 'The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-hackers is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum'. Former Markets/Blockchain Reporter at Bloomberg News.

February 2020

“C-Suite: Paths to Success with alumni Brian and John Kinney”

Alumni brothers Brian Kinney ’94, and John Kinney ’93 participated in a discussion on their Fairfield University and professional experience. Brian Kinney ‘94 is senior vice president and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer for State Street Corporation. John Kinney ’93 is Chief Claim Officer for The Hartford and runs The Hartford’s Consumer and Commercial Markets Claims organization.

The forum explored how they have both progressed in their careers, similarities and differences in their paths, and what resources they took advantage of during their time at Fairfield University and beyond.



October 2019

“The Power of Integrating Liberal Arts and Business Education for Career Success”

In report after report, it is clear that employers demand graduates who not only possess functional and technical skills but must have the skills of deep analysis, collaboration/team work, crisp and clear communication, and wide curiosity. “The Power of Integrating Liberal Arts and Business Education for Career Success”, co-organized by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences explored this topic. John Berisford, President of S&P Global Ratings, and panelists with diverse academic backgrounds discussed how the integration of liberal arts and business education can position you for success in your professional careers and personal lives.

The panel included: 

  • Grace Bang, Data Scientist, S&P Global Ratings, New York
  • Eden Perry, Head of U.S. Public Finance
  • Mark Risi, Managing Director, Head of US & Canadian Structured Finance

Moderated By: 

  • Dean Richard Greenwald, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean Zhan Li, Dean, Charles F. Dolan School of Business

September 2019

"Entrepreneurship in the Modern Economy: Leveraging Innovation and Workforce Development" -Q&A with SBA Acting Administrator and Fairfield Alumnus Chris Pilkerton ‘95

Fairfield Dolan welcomed Chris Pilkerton ’95, acting administrator and general counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as the first Dean’s Executive Forum guest of the academic year. The theme of the lecture was “Entrepreneurship in the Modern Economy: Leveraging Innovation and Workforce Development.” Dean Zhan Li, DBA, and Chris Huntley, PhD, associate professor and program director of Fairfield StartUp, led the discussion where Pilkerton shared about his career path, the objectives of the SBA, and what business students should know about SBA resources. Pilkerton emphasized the importance of remaining mission-oriented and learning from mistakes and challenges for future success.


March 2019

 “Cryptocurrency - What, Why, and How it’s Changing Society”

On March 5 Murray Stahl, CEO of Horizon Kinetics, was the speaker for the spring 2019 Dean’s Executive Forum “Cryptocurrency - What, Why, and How it’s Changing Society”. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Finance, Michael Puleo, PhD, the discussion focused on Murray’s professional experience and various areas of cryptocurrency/blockchain including background, investing, regulation, future development, and industry outlook. More than 70 students and community members were in attendance.

February 2019

"Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century”

A panel of six alumnae business leaders participated in our February signature event, the Dean’s Executive Forum, entitled “Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century.”, Moderated by Fairfield University Board of Trustees member Nancy Altobello '80, former EY global vice chair for talent, the discussion concentrated on success strategies for students, the current state of women in the workplace, and the future of women’s roles in leadership positions.

The panel was comprised of the following women business leaders from the Class of 2004:

  • Ursula Hurley ’04, VP Treasurer at JetBlue Airways
  • During her nearly 15 years at JetBlue, Ursula Hurley has served many roles including vice president of structural programs, manager of corporate finance, and analyst. Last year she was promoted to treasurer of the company. Hurley graduated with a bachelor's from Fairfield and received her MBA from Columbia.
  • Lindsey Moore ’04, CFO of Bloomberg Enterprise Sales & Analytics
  • In her role as CFO, Lindsey Moore leads the global finance operations supporting Bloomberg's enterprise sales and analytics departments which consist of 3,000+ employees and multi-billion dollar annual revenues. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from Fairfield, and a master’s certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova.
  • Lindsay Muldoon ’04, Vice President of Northern Trust Global Fund Services
  • As vice president of global fund services at Northern Trust, Lindsay Muldoon focuses on new business development. She has served as both a sales analyst and relationship manager and previously worked at Goldman Sachs. Muldoon has a bachelor's in finance from Fairfield.
  • Natalie Reska ’04, Managing Director and Head of Americas Institutional Commodities Sales at Bank of America
  • Natalie Reska is responsible for providing commodity investment solutions for Bank of America as the managing director and head of Americas Institutional Commodities Sales. Reska graduated from Fairfield with a bachelor’s in finance and has been actively involved in several Bank of America mentor initiatives including their Women’s Leadership Council.
  • Lindsay Sampson Bishop ’04, Partner at K&L Gates
  • As a partner in the litigation department at K&L Gates in Boston, Lindsay Sampson Bishop concentrates on general commercial disputes with an expertise in insurance coverage and consumer finance litigation. After graduating with a bachelor's from Fairfield, Bishop pursued her JD from Northeastern School of Law.
  • Colleen Tycz ’04, MA’11, Director, National Account Manager, Retirement Solutions Division at Legg Mason Global Asset Management
  • Colleen Tycz is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships for Legg Mason in the recruitment solutions division. Previously, Tycz led the institutional channel marketing team. She holds both her bachelor's and MBA from Fairfield.

October 2018

“#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



April 2018

"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.

November 2017

“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.

October 2017

“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.

March 2016

“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.


November 2016

“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

October 2016

“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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