Events & Lectures

Dolan Lecture Series

The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary, and internationally recognized business leaders, was established in 2001.

2017: Speaker and Date to be announced 


2016: Kathleen A. Murphy, President of Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments  

Kathy Murphy headshotFairfield University graduate Kathleen Murphy ’84 returned to her alma mater on November 10, 2016 to deliver an address entitled, “Lessons in Leadership, A Conversation with Kathleen Murphy” as part of the Dolan School of Business Dolan Lecture Series. A large audience of students, faculty, alumni, and community members listened to Murphy’s insights on leadership in a program moderated by Gianna Kinhofer ’17, Timothy Cobau ’17 and Dean Donald Gibson.


2015: Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO, HARMAN International Industries

Dean's Lecture Series

Learn from the Leaders! 


2017 Calendar Coming Soon

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Calendar

October 2016

Professor David Schmidt acted as event moderator and was joined by 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. A topic that extends across industries, all majors were encouraged to attend.

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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.


  • Maria Martorello, Deloitte
  • Larry Dunn, EY
  • Tessa Criticos, KPMG
  • Evron Trim, PwC

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March 2017 – Global Outlook for Private Equity Investing with John Dionne, Senior Advisor to Blackstone

The January 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. 

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Fairfield StartUp


April 26th, 6:30 p.m. at The Quick Center

What is Fairfield StartUp?

Fairfield StartUp is a yearly program of events culminating with Fairfield StartUp Showcase, an entrepreneurship competition open to all Fairfield University students. The program is designed to foster young entrepreneurial talent at Fairfield University through engagement with mentors and investors drawn from alumni and local business communities.

Starting with the kickoff event in September, students are shepherded through a sequence of educational, networking and mentoring events. The events are designed to help students develop their business models, recruit teams and mentors, and attract partners and other resources needed to start their businesses.

In the spring semester, qualifying students take part in the Fairfield StartUp Showcase where students negotiate live with investors for seed money to start their businesses. 

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2017-2018 Program Dates

Annual Kickoff: September 27th, 5 p.m.

Elevator Pitch Contest: October 14th, 10 a.m.

Business Model Workshop: November 11th, 10 a.m.

Showcase Qualifiers: TBD

2018 StartUp Showcase: April 26th, 6:30 p.m.


Fairfield StartUp 2017 News

April 13th, 2017: Over $30,000 in Funding Awarded at the 2017 Fairfield StartUp Showcase

March 24th, 2017: Dolan School Announces the StartUp Showcase Investor Panel

March 24th, 2017: StartUp Teams Face Alumni Investor Panel, April 5

March 11th, 2017: Teams Advance to the Fairfield StartUp Showcase

March 3rd, 2017SoccerGrlProbs at the StartUp Showcase - April 6

January 20th, 2017: Student Entrepreneurs Advance to the StartUp Showcase 

October 7th, 2016Young Entrepreneurs Line-up for Fairfield Start-Up



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