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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.


Barney School and Aetna Remote Internship

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 on June 2. Sweeney spoke of Barney School’s summer remote internship program for students through organizations like CAPA: The Global Education Network; Upper Albany Main Street Inc.; and the Women’s Business Center. 

Women United and Barney School Talk

Over Forty Women from Various Industries Attended Dean Zeng's Virtual Lunch Talk Hosted by Women United

Women United hosted a virtual power lunch on May 20, 2020, where the University of Hartford ("UHART") Barney School of Business Dean Amy Zeng was the guest speaker. The virtual event hosted over 40 women from various industries and career levels and Dean Zeng provided her words of welcome and wisdom during challenging times. She shared her inspiration as a woman leader in higher education as well as challenging Women United to lead the change in the communities where they serve and live.


Barney School Trading Lab

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


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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