Annual F.IR.M. Event Raises $500,000 for Barney School Students

November 23, 2020

Christopher J. Swift, chairman and CEO of The Hartford, was honored with the Executive Leadership of the Year Award during “Catalysts for Change,” the third annual F.I.R.M. event presented by the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. This year’s event, held virtually on Oct. 8, raised more than $500,000 to benefit students in the Barney School.

The F.I.R.M. Executive Leadership of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates an industry leader in the finance, insurance, risk management, and manufacturing (F.I.R.M) business sectors. Swift, this year’s recipient, is responsible for The Hartford’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.

The event was hosted by Jerry Franklin, retired president and CEO, CPTV; with special performances by Under the Street Lamp and Javier Colon ’00.

The funds raised will help UHart students succeed by making their education—and the opportunities that come with it—accessible. Across the country, students and families are facing increased financial hardships due to the pandemic. This additional support provides them with a financial foundation to complete their education and enter the workforce as business leaders in our community and state, as well as nationally.

Gregory Woodward, University of Hartford President

The University wishes to thank premier sponsors The Hartford and Stanley Black & Decker;  title sponsor Hartford Steam Boiler; presenting sponsor Travelers; and the 350 people who attended. Interim Dean Stephen Mulready addressed the audience by reiterating that the Barney School of Business is ready to be the “go-to” partner for regional business in preparing and recruiting their future talent. “We are here and we are listening,” he emphasized. “As business and workforce challenges evolve, we are nimble enough to meet those immediate needs, while delivering a comprehensive education that provides expanded opportunity to professional development,” he said. 

An advisory board serves as the award selection committee. This year, it was co-chaired by Richard H. Booth, chairman of Somerset Reinsurance Co., Ltd., and John F. Byrnes, chairman of People’s United Insurance Agency.

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