On October 5, VSB held the eighth annual Business Leaders Forum on the theme, “Creating Sustainable Value: Building Brands, Growing Talent, Delivering Results.” This year’s BLF included updates from University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS; University Provost Patrick Maggitti, PhD; and Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. The Forum included a series of three TED-style talks:
VSB Hosts Annual Business Leaders Forum
- Jessica Santos’18 VSB introduced Denise Colella ’95 VSB, SVP of Advanced Advertising Product and Strategy, NBC Universal, who discussed Creating Sustainable Value through Marketing and Branding;
- Courtney Alleyne’18 VSB introduced Anthony Abbatiello '97 VSB, principal and global lead, Leadership Business, Deloitte, and Moran Center for Global Leadership Advisory Council member, who discussed Creating Sustainable Value through Talent Management;
- Jyotasna Yadav ’20 VSB introduced Kathleen McQuiggan, wealth advisor, Artemis Financial Advisors, who discussed Creating Sustainable Value through Financial Empowerment.
Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup, former president of Nabisco Foods and author of TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, provided the keynote presentation. In addition, Terence O’Toole ’80 VSB was awarded the 2017 Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion. The Bartley Medallion is awarded annually to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers while also demonstrating extraordinary service to their communities and to VSB.
Robert J. McNeill Jr. ’88 VSB, managing partner of Deloitte's Greater Philadelphia practice and member of the VSB Dean’s Advisory Council, remarked, “This year’s BLF was the best yet. It combined important updates regarding the University and VSB’s strategic direction; cutting-edge insights about the important emerging topic of creating sustainable value; and opportunities for networking and interactions with executives, VSB faculty, staff and students.”