The fourth annual Business Leaders Forum, “Collaborate to Compete,” a Villanova University signature event sponsored by VSB, was held on October 2-3. The Forum is designed to bring together VSB’s eight advisory councils—comprised of over 225 high-level executives across all industries—and other key stakeholders for networking and dialogue on important industry topics. Center Director Jonathan Doh served as Program Chair for the Forum, working with VSB leadership on the overall theme and program components.
The program began with opening remarks by Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean, Villanova School of Business, followed by the Reverend Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion Presentation. Award recipient Daniel J. Hogarty, Jr. ’61 VSB, Retired Chairman, President and CEO, The Troy Savings Bank and Troy Financial Corporation was acknowledged for his distinguished career, commitment to community, and extraordinary service to the University and Villanova School of Business. The Keynote Presentation was delivered by Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP AG, on the topic, “Collaboration, Innovation and Leadership.”
Day two opened with a discussion on the power of collaboration at Villanova University featuring Rev. Peter M. Donohue, PhD, OSA, President, Villanova University and Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean, Villanova School of Business.
An industry panel followed with an open dialogue on the topic “Collaboration Across Industries and Sectors” and was moderated by Jeffrey Goldfarb, Deputy Editor NY, Reuters Breakingviews. Panelists included: Thomas M. Quindlen '84 VSB, President & CEO, GE Capital Corporate Finance; Christopher G. Ryan '83 EG, Global Business Leader for Industrial Filtration Products, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.; Brian L. Scanlon '94 VSB, Partner, McKinsey & Co.; and Paula Sutter '83 LAS, President, Diane von Furstenberg.