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News and Events

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


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

Jay S. Benet
Jay S. Benet

The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business will honor Jay S. Benet, vice chairman and member of the Management Committee and the Operating Committee of The Travelers Companies, Inc., at its second 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, Sept. 19, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, Connecticut. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships, career development, and programming at the Barney School of Business.

Benet has spent almost all of his career as a member of the Hartford business community.  Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Travelers, a leading provider of property-casualty insurance for auto, home, and business, from March 2002 to August 2018.  Previously, he was worldwide head of financial planning, analysis, and reporting at Citigroup, and chief financial officer for Citigroup’s Global Consumer business. He also served in various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity and as a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) prior to joining Travelers.

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 2018 raised $410,000 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

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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