On October 1-2, VSB hosted the 5th annual Business Leaders Forum on the theme, “Innovating for Global Success.” The forum began with a networking reception and dinner featuring remarks from Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, '75 CLAS and the awarding of the Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion to Richard J. Naclerio ’54 VSB, a real estate developer and entrepreneur. The evening concluded with a dynamic keynote presentation by Thomas A. Klein ’84 VSB, President and CEO, Sabre Holdings, who discussed, “The Many Roles of an Innovation Leader.”
October 2 began with opening remarks from the Helen and William O’Toole Dean Patrick Maggitti followed by an interactive discussion between Dean Maggitti and James V. O’Donnell ’63 VSB, Retired CEO, American Eagle Outfitters. The next session was an Industry Panel that featured Lisa M. Gray ’86 VSB, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures; Michael P. McLaughlin ’88 VSB, US Country Head, Macquarie Group; Robert Moran ’72 VSB, Retired Chairman and CEO, PetSmart; and Robert Toohey ’17 PA, President, Verizon Digital Media Services, who is also a member of the CGL Advisory Council. The panel was moderated by Jeffrey Goldfarb, US Editor, Reuters Breakingviews.
The plenary program concluded with an interactive session that profiled dynamic and innovative initiatives at Villanova that involve students, faculty, staff and alumni. One of these sessions featured two students, CGL Director Kim Cahill, Advisory Council members Steve DeRose ’76 VSB and Richard Heintzelman ’81 VSB and Professor Wen Mao, who discussed the Shanghai internship program, an initiative that has flourished and prospered as a result of this partnership.
CGL Faculty Director Jonathan Doh, who served as program chair for the Forum, remarked, “the BLF has once again provided an opportunity for all VSB stakeholders to come together and engage in dialogue, receive updates on key features of Villanova’s strategy, and engage with students, faculty and fellow alumni on the exciting range of innovative initiatives that are contributing to VSB’s global success.”