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The Fairfield Dolan Dean’s Executive Forum engages thought leaders and distinguished executives to discuss issues that have profound impacts on business and/or societies. This series is designed for the Dolan School of Business community including students, faculty, alumni, parents, supporters and friends.

Upcoming Events



Big Data: The Power and Responsibility with Guest Speaker Hugh Davis, President, Dynata

Thursday, April 15
12 p.m.

Join Hugh Davis, President of Dynata, for a conversation on big data: the power and responsibility. We have already seen the power of big data. But, what we saw is just of the tip of the iceberg. What is the next wave of innovations and impact from big data? How should businesses prepare for it? Are there ethical and social issues we need to be mindful of as we unleash more power of big data? What do all of these factors mean for pursuing careers related to big data?

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Past Events


"Women Leadership and Wall Street" with Jennifer Piepszak ‘92, CFO, JPMorgan Chase

Join Jennifer Piepszak, CFO, JPMorgan Chase, for a conversation on women leadership and Wall Street. How has women leadership progressed? What are the impacts of women leadership in finance? What are the best practices for advancing women leadership? What impact will the pandemic have on how we work in the future? The event will close with advice for current and aspiring female leaders in the dynamic work environment.


"Rethinking Capitalism" with Gary Pinkus, Chairman for McKinsey & Company in North America

Join Gary Pinkus, Chairman for McKinsey & Co. in North America, for a conversation on rethinking capitalism. Capitalism has contributed to significant gains in economic growth throughout history. What do recent events in the nation and the world say about capitalism? Do corporations have any role in reshaping capitalism? Why or why not? If yes, how?


"Defining Talent for Tomorrow: A Leading Perspective" with John Kinney ’93, EVP and Chief Claim Officer, The Hartford, Kia Javanmardian, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, and Elixabete Larrea Tamayo, Partner, McKinsey & Company

"Defining Talent for Tomorrow: A Leading Perspective" explored how we work successfully in a post-pandemic world with particular attention on changes in regards to technology, communications, and business overall. The event connected experts in the forefront of talent acquisition to discuss the impacts on career preparation and company recruiting. Speakers also detailed what new or changing attributes recruiters are currently seeking, how they interview and screen candidates, and recommendations for the future.


"The Dynamics of Music Industries: Business Models and Innovation" with Larry Mattera P’23, Former GM, Warner Brothers Records

"The Dynamics of Music Industries: Business Models and Innovation" explored the dynamics of the music industry and its evolution with a focus on “hits and misses” as they relate to technology, innovation, marketing, and consumer relations. The forum provided an overview of the music industry including business model, breadth, and key players. Mattera also shared about his professional journey in the industry, explains how he merged his passion for music and business to carve out his career path, and offered advice for those interested in/currently pursuing a career in field. The current state of the music industry, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were also discussed. The webinar closed with a look at the future of the music industry, where it’s heading, and how one should anticipate possible opportunities within its changing landscape.


"Financial Industries of Post Pandemic: Investment and Careers" with Tim Gately ’93, Managing Director, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa Cash Equities, Citigroup

"Financial Industries of Post Pandemic: Investment and Careers" explored Tim’s experience as a Fairfield University alumnus followed by an in-depth review of the financial industries current and post-pandemic including market trends, disruptions and changes, and the shape of investment practices. Career and investing implications were also addressed.


"C-Suite: Paths to Success With Alumni Brian and John Kinney" with Brian Kinney ’94, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for State Street Corporation and John Kinney ’93, EVP and Chief Claim Officer for The Hartford, managing consumer and commercial markets claims

This forum explored how brothers Brian Kinney ’94 and John Kinney ’93 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.

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