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VSB Hosts Annual Business Leaders Forum: Collaborate to Compete

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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.


The program concluded with a session on “Profiles of Dynamic Initiatives at Villanova -
Igniting Change Through Collaboration,” featuring brief summaries of unique projects and initiatives at VSB that engage students and faculty in interdisciplinary, applied learning. The session began with a video featuring Villanova Entrepreneurs Eric Adams `11 A&S, and Tom Krueger `11 VSB, co-founders of plannedUp.

Among the project presentations were Debra Arvanites, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management & Operations, and BWB co-president Kaitlyn Dormer `14 VSB discussing the International Technology and Sustainability Course and embedded trip to Panama. Doh and Lauren Bettuzzi `16 VSB, presented on the inaugural Singapore Global Citizens program. The 5th Annual BLF is scheduled for October 1-2, 2014.

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Kimberly A. Cahill

Michelle Casario, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Gloria Angel
Program Administrator

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator