Author: Marie LeBlanc

Dates Confirmed, Sponsors Return for Second Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference

The University of Connecticut is pleased to announce the dates for the 2014 Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference ( – October 22-23. The conference will once again be held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“After an extremely successful inaugural conference in 2013, I am very excited to be partnering with the UConn School of Business again to bring leadership insights to business leaders throughout the region,” said UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma.

We are also very delighted to announce the return of Virtus Investment Partners—a Major Sponsor of the 2013 event—as one of two Presenting Sponsors for 2014.

“We are very pleased to partner with Coach Auriemma and the UConn School of Business as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference, which supports the development of the next generation of leaders for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations,” said George R. Aylward, president and chief executive officer, Virtus Investment Partners.

“In an increasingly competitive business environment, there is a need to develop and sustain the individuals who will lead organizations in the future, and we believe this conference allows organizations to develop leaders who can solve problems, create opportunities, think creatively, and lead for innovation and change,” Aylward said. “The UConn Leadership Conference gives leaders the tools and knowledge they need to be successful in their organizations.”

Returning for a second year as a Presenting Sponsor is Farmington Bank.

“Farmington Bank is once again honored to be a Presenting Sponsor of the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference,” stated CEO John Patrick. “As demonstrated last year, the conference brings together business leaders from throughout Connecticut for engaging, thought provoking discussions, regarding timely business issues confronted by senior executives. Our core mission of being an economic driver in Connecticut aligns perfectly with the conference’s objectives,” said Patrick.

Major Sponsors returning for the event include Prudential, the Hartford Courant, Fox CT, and CBS Radio – CT.

A premiere event, the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference provides a distinctive opportunity for participants to benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of today’s most prominent business executives, thought leaders, academic authorities, and industry peers. View the photos from last year’s event here.

“This year’s conference will focus on leading for innovation and change,” said Dr. Lucy Gilson, associate professor of management at the UConn School of Business and the conference’s academic director. “As companies start to emerge from tough economic times, innovation becomes critical for their success. Regardless of company size or industry, leading for innovation and through change are critical skills that leaders need to develop and continually fine tune.”

Proceeds from the conference are received by the UConn Foundation and benefit Leadership Education at the UConn School of Business.

For more information about registering for the conference, please visit or contact us at +1 (860) 486-1723

Conference Sells Out – Large Group Expected For The Inaugural Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference

The Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference has sold out and most of the largest companies in the region are sending employees to attend! The Conference will open with registration from 7:30am-9:00am in the Mohegan Sun Convention Center on Monday, April 29, 2013. With a great line-up of speakers, this event should be exceptional.To our sponsors & attendees, thank you for your support!

2013 Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference Event Photos

New Panel – Leveraging Change To Succeed

Denis Nayden ’76, ’77 MBA, Managing Partner, Oak Hill Capital and Warde Manuel, UConn Athletic Director have been added to the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference as part of a new panel, Leveraging Change to Succeed, that will discuss how in the world of business and sports, leaders need to handle change effectively. Denis and Warde join over 20 other influential UConn alumni, corporate partners, and faculty from the UConn School of Business to share their insights and perspectives on leadership in this two-day conference at Mohegan Sun on April 29th & 30th.Conference participants will receive a certificate of conference completion along with 1 CEU credit and 12 CPEU credits. Less than 10 seats remaining, register now!

Walmart Announces Plan To Spend $50 Billion on Products Made in America


Walmart, one of the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference Presenting Sponsors, has announced that they will spend $50 billion dollars over the next ten years on new products – all made here in the U.S. This new commitment could create as many as 170,000 jobs in the United States. Walmart CEO, Bill Simon, also stated that starting on Memorial Day, Walmart would guarantee a job to any veteran who was honorably discharged within the past year. While the company acknowledges that not every veteran will want to work in retail, everyone that does will be given a job. They predict that they will hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference  is excited to have Mr. Simon as a keynote speaker to discuss the topic of Leading in a Time of Crises. He will address the critical role that leadership plays in ensuring organizations are ready for whatever comes next. See full story