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There is always something happening at the Barney School of Business. From innovative new programs to student awards, we're consistently making headlines.


Shirley Wang

Barney Faculty Member Shirley Wang Won 2020 Award for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Shirley Wang, assistant professor of management in the Barney School of Business, has introduced in her Management and Organizational Behavior course a new business simulation in the form of a computer game that simulates what it is like to run a business.

Five Uhart Alumni on The Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty 2020 List

Five UHart Alumni Were Named to The Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty 2020 List

Barney School MBA Alumnae Amanda Garner M’12 is on the list. Garner is a strategic marketer with more than 16 years of experience helping to drive and deliver strategic marketing and communications that achieve value for local and national businesses.

Women Innovate Pitch Competition

Women Business Center Encourages Female Entrepreneurs at Women Innovate Pitch Competition

On Tuesday, June 30, ten Connecticut-based women entrepreneurs pitched at the virtual Women Innovate Pitch Competition hosted by the Women Business Center. 

More News From Barney School of Business

2020 News Stories

COVID-19 upends summer internship programs. Barney School Assistant Dean Kevin Sweeney, and UHart graduate Nate Carr '20, were featured in a Hartford Business Journal article about summer internships. Read more

Leading in the Pandemic Workshop Led by Karen Hinds, CEO of Workplace Success Group LLC. Read more

Barney School's Online MBA Program Ranked in the Top 25 Nationally among Private Universities and Colleges. Read more

Barney School of Business Ranked in the Eduniversal Evaluation Agency Best 1,000 Business Schools Worldwide. Read more

Barney School's Online MBA in Supply Chain Management Program Ranked among the Ten Best in the U.S. Read more


2019 News Stories

The Barney School of Business Hosted the 17th Annual University of Hartford Business Plan Competition. Read more

John Thomson, the Barney School Insurance Executive in Residence Interviewed on Read more.

Barney School Named a Best Business School by The Princeton Review. Read more

University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business hosts Junior Achievement for the BE Entrepreneurial Challenge. Read more

Barney School of Business Addition Opens. Read more


Each year, we bring accomplished alumni, successful business people, and community leaders to campus to share their stories and offer advice to students. We are still putting the schedule together for the coming academic year, so check back for a complete list. Here are examples of our annual events.


F.I.R.M. Executive Leadership of the Year

Christopher J. Swift
Christopher J. Swift

The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business will honor Christopher J. Swift, chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford, at its third annual Finance, Insurance, Risk Management, and Manufacturing (F.I.R.M.) Executive Leadership of the Year Award Dinner. The dinner will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships, career development, and programming at the Barney School of Business. While we hope to gather in person in October, we know that state-mandated restrictions may prohibit large-scale events. We are currently considering a virtual option. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

The F.I.R.M. Executive Leadership Award honors and celebrates an industry leader who has made significant contributions in the finance, insurance, risk management, and manufacturing sectors. The inaugural F.I.R.M. event in 2019 raised over $500,000 in proceeds that will provide over a dozen students with annual partial scholarships, and create numerous career-development and leadership programs for Barney School students.

For more information about the award or to purchase seats or a table to attend the event, please contact Margaret Lawson, marketing and event consultant, at 860.558.5026 or


More about Christopher J. Swift

Christopher J. Swift is chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford, a national leader in property & casualty insurance (P&C), group benefits, and mutual funds, founded in 1810. He is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, capital allocation, performance, culture, and leadership. Swift leads the company at a time of unprecedented technological innovation and continues to sharpen The Hartford’s competitive advantages through the use of data, analytics and digital technology to meet the needs of consumers today and in the future.

As CEO, Swift has focused on expanding the company’s capabilities and geographic reach through organic growth and strategic investments, including the purchase of Aetna’s U.S. group life and disability business in 2017 and The Navigators Group, Inc., a specialty lines property and casualty business, in 2019. He also completed the company’s exit from the run-off life and annuity business, providing greater financial flexibility, and improving The Hartford’s ROE and earnings growth profile.

Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that position, he played a central role in the company’s strategic transformation to focus on the P&C, group benefits and mutual funds businesses, as well as strengthening the balance sheet through the sale of its individual life and retirement plans businesses, reducing debt, and creating greater balance-sheet strength.

Previously, Swift held senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). He began his career as a certified public accountant at KPMG LLP focused on financial services and was eventually appointed head of the Global Insurance Industry Practice.

Swift earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University, where he is also a trustee. He is on the executive committee and board of directors of the American Property Casualty Association (APCIA) and a member of the Business Council, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the U.S. Dept. of Treasury’s Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.

Theodore D. Veru Symposium

Vivian Pfeiffer ’85, M’86
Vivian Pfeiffer ’85, M’86

The Veru Symposium brings to campus world-renowned business and public leaders, providing students, faculty, and friends with access to esteemed thought leaders. The event is sponsored Barney School alumnus Peter Veru, and is named in honor of his father, Theodore Veru.  

The 2019 Symposium featured Vivian Pfeiffer BBA ’85, MBA ’86, a highly recognized specialist in contemporary and Latin American art.


Ellsworth Lecture

Hayley Foster '94
Hayley Foster '94

This lecture series promotes an awareness of and an appreciation for the American business system. It was created in 1979 by Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. to honor its former chairman, the late John E. Ellsworth.

Hayley Foster ’94, the founder and chief fostering officer of Foster Inc., was this year's speaker.


Corine T. Norgaard Women in Leadership Lecture

Susan Coleman
Susan Coleman

Susan Coleman, a professor of finance in the Barney School of Business, delivered the 2019 Corinne T. Norgaard Women in Leadership Lecture. Coleman is noted for her research that focuses on women entrepreneurs and access to capital for women-owned and minority-owned businesses, 

The Corine T. Norgaard Lecture is presented by the Barney School of Business in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Center and Women's Business Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, Presidents' College, and The Women's Advancement Initiative. Corine Norgaard was a beloved Barney School of Business professor, distinguished scholar, and dean who passed away in 2011.

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