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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.


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

Dolan Business Breakfast

DSB events and lecturesThe Business Breakfast Series at the Dolan School of Business is an interactive seminar for managers and area professionals.


FALL 2017 PROGRAM: Larry Ackerman, a leading expert on organizational and personal identity, followed by a faculty panel discussion. 




Dean's Lecture Series

Learn from the Leaders! 

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


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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