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Dolan Lecture Series

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


2019: Admiral James Stavridis. Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

On Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts, the Fairfield Dolan Lecture will host Four-Star Admiral James Stavridis -- author, monthly columnist for TIME magazine, and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. His lecture, "21st Century Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities," will address navigating leadership roles at every level.

Admiral Stavridis will highlight key tools that all leaders need to succeed in the 21st century, drawing from examples related to cyber security, terrorism, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, the environment, and his leadership experience gleaned from a distinguished career that spans almost four decades.

Dean's Lecture Series

Learn from the Leaders!

A Dolan Signature Event, the goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to educate principled and socially responsible business leaders and prepare students for future leadership roles.


2018-2019 Calendar

March 2019 - Cryptocurrency - What, Why, and How it’s Changing Society

On March 5th 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, 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.” The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to educate principled and socially responsible business leaders and prepare students for future leadership roles.

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.

Panelists Included:

  • 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 Bank of America
  • 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

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

2017-2018 Calendar

October 2017 - Alternative Investments: What Accounting, Econ, Finance, and Management Students Need to Know

As part of the Dolan School Dean’s Lecture series, the School 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 Dean’s Lecture Committee members Danielle Izzo ’18, Keely Riel ’18, and Thomas Uriuoli ’19.

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, Richard Greenwald, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Rev. Frank Hannafey, S.J., associate professor of Religious Studies, and Kathy Nantz, PhD, professor of Economics fueled the discussion. Don Gibson, PhD, vice provost for Academic Affairs and former dean of the Dolan School, moderated the evening

April 2018 – Reinsurance: Managing Risk in a Global Economy

The Dolan School of Business 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.

Fairfield StartUp

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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Program Calendar

  • Annual Kickoff
  • Elevator Pitch Contest
  • Business Model Workshop
  • Showcase Qualifiers
  • 2019 StartUp Showcase: April 25th

Fairfield StartUp 2018 News

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