2019 Conference

Leading People and Your Business Through a Spin-Off; What I Am Learning Along the Way

One of the most difficult challenges any leader can undertake is steering a business, and its employees, through a corporate spinoff.  Judy Marks, President of Otis Elevator, will share her insight on this journey as Otis prepares to leave parent company United Technologies Corp. and become an independent corporation. Marks will discuss how she has created a new business structure, reassured employees, and preserved strong customer relations in the midst of enormous change.

Listen to the Finance Experts: Innovation is an Unmistakable Financial Strategy

Although they hail from vastly different industries, these two top CFOs both share the mindset that investing in innovation is one of the smartest choices that executives can make, regardless of financial climate. Join UConn alumni Jon Pedersen, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of iHeart Media, and Patrick Harris, Former Chief Financial Officer of the LA Lakers, and the CEO of the LA Urban League, as they discuss how innovation is essential as part of your financial strategy and necessary for your company's survival in complex and uncertain times.

  • Jon PedersenSenior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, iHeart Media
  • Patrick HarrisFormer Chief Financial Officer, LA Lakers, CEO, LA Urban League

Can Employee Success in Handling Complexity & Ambiguity be Measured?

What's one of the traits that YouTube seeks in its employees? You might be surprised to learn that it is the ability to handle complexity. And, there's a test for it! Alumna Elizabeth (Liz) James, the Global Head of YouTube, will talk about the importance of that trait in an employee and how it can lead to success for a rapidly-growing organization.

Messaging, Storytelling, and Communication

Communication is one of the most complex and powerful tools that an organization has at its disposal. Join Alicia (Dollard) Young, Managing Partner, Finn Partners a New York-based research, marketing and strategy company, as she speaks about new ways to inspire, instill brand loyalty and increase sales. Jim Trainor, the former Head of Cyber Security for the FBI, and now Senior Vice President of Cyber Security Aon, will add to this panel by discussing the juxtaposition of having to communicate while at the same time keeping company data private and safe – his many years at the FBI add a whole new dimension to this conversation.

The Tools You Need to Build a Sustainable Organization

Lee McChesney, CEO Stanley Black & Decker Hand Tools, Accessories, and Storage, has a passion for sustainability. The company's sustainability initiative is no longer to reduce negative impact, but to positively impact the environment across its footprint. Learn about the company's commitment to carbon positive operations, sustainable water use, zero waste to landfill initiatives and why a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility is not only the right thing to do but an imperative for companies invested in helping the world thrive.

  • Lee McChesneyCEO, Stanley Black & Decker Hand Tools, Accessories, and Storage
  • Mary BarnebyCEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

For Entrepreneurs, Complexity, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity are Called ‘Wednesday’!

West Hartford native Geoffrey Tracy is a chef and co-owner of Chef Geoff's Deluxe Hospitality, a restaurant group with eight locations in and around Washington D.C. A Georgetown University theology graduate, he went on to earn a second degree at the Culinary Institute of America, then opened his first restaurant at age 27. In a recent interview, he said there has never been a better time to be a diner in Washington, "but there's never been a more competitive time to be a restaurant owner." Tracy is married to CBS News' Norah O'Donnell.

You’ve Got Mountains of Data: Now What Can You Do With It?

Ben Harrell, Chief Marketing Officer at Priceline, and Mano Mannoochahr, Senior Vice President and Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Travelers will discuss how the use of data and analytics should drive important decisions for your company. Not sure how to process all the information that you’re gathering? This is the panel discussion for you!

  • Ben HarrellChief Marketing Officer, Priceline
  • Mano MannoochahrSenior Vice President and Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Travelers

How Can You Develop Authentic & Collaborative Leadership?

Alumna Joanne Crevoiserat, COO at Abercrombie & Fitch, and Tina Thornton, Senior Vice President Production – President's Chief of Staff, at ESPN will discuss the role of authenticity in leadership. In a world that is changing rapidly, how can you be the kind of leader that your employees trust, respect and turn to in times of uncertainty? Both of these executives have experienced industry turmoil during recent years and will share their personal and professional strategies for steering the ship on stormy seas.