Global Business Leadership Seminar Series (GBLSS)

2020-2021 Academic Year Updates Coming Soon!

The deadline to complete the 2019-2020 certificate has now passed.

Check back soon for details and instructions for completing the 2020-2021 GBLSS Certificate.

The Global Business Leadership Seminar Series (GBLSS) is offered only during spring semesters. These seminars afford students the opportunity to earn a Professional Development Certificate from the School of Business while learning from international business leaders. It is a great résumé-builder and will enhance the understanding of the global economy.

The GBLSS is sponsored by:

  • GE Global Learning Center
  • School of Business Undergraduate Office of Advising
  • School of Business Alumni Relations Office
  • International Business Association

This certificate is available to all graduate and undergraduate UConn students. Students may earn a certificate every spring semester. Pre-registration is strongly recommended to attend the lectures. Links will be posted to register for specific speaker events once the GBLSS schedule is confirmed.

You can earn a certificate by:

  • Attending at least 3 out of 4+ GBLSS lectures offered during the same spring semester.

The Professional Certificate requires your attendance at the entire event. Attendants who arrive more than 10 minutes late or leave early will not be eligible to count the session towards the Professional Development Certificate.

Utkarsh Gupta, President of UConn Graduate Consulting Club


Friday, January 31, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Utkarsh worked in Mu Sigma (Bengaluru) as a business analyst before moving to the Middle East to start his own food tech company. There, he secured funding from Omani partners and ran the company for more than two years before it was acquired by another company. He was also elected as the President of NEDU, an India based micro-financing firm, where he added value by digitizing processes across the domains.

Currently, he is a first-year MBA student at the University of Connecticut, School of Business, and is the President of the UConn Graduate Consulting (UGC) club and leads a team of 50 students in Hartford and Stamford campuses. UGC is a student-run club providing pro-bono consulting services to small and medium businesses in Hartford. He is also working as a graduate assistant in the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI), where he works with startups in UConn to help them solve business-related challenges.




Wei Wang, Assistant Director - Group Benefit Strategy


Friday, February 28, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Wei first came to the US to pursue her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science. Her Ph. D. research was focused on fluid dynamics modeling and crystal growth theories. After graduation, she joined Applied Materials in the Semiconductor industry as a Process Engineer, working on one of the key semiconductor processes, EPI, in cell phone/computer chips manufacturing. In three years, she was promoted two times and became a Senior Principle Engineer. Despite the early success, Wei started to feel the need for more challenges, and found herself longing for more understanding into the business side of the world. As a result, she quit her job, and joined the UConn MBA program. While in the program, she interned with the Small Commercial Product Management team at The Hartford Insurance Company. She liked the product management role, which aligned with her interest and skill sets, and liked the insurance industry and the company culture. As a result, she joined The Hartford full time as the Assistant Director of Group Benefit Strategy after graduating from the MBA program. She hopes she can utilize her analytical skills and business knowledge to develop insurance products that better suit the needs of small business owners.




Shirley Tarabochia, Pathway Operations Manager, Amazon


Friday, March 8, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Shirley holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut , her concentrations were Business Analytics and Finance Analysis and Investment, while she was on the MBA program she helped several entrepreneurs to improve their processes providing them guidance as a consultant. She has worked in Kimberly Clark Peru as a Process Engineer before joining Scharff-FedEx Peru as the Chief of Engineering and Process Improvement Department, where she was responsible for the successful implementation of Lean/ Six Sigma methodologies. With more than 10 years of work experience, Shirley has Process Improvement and Project Management expertise. Shirley joined Amazon in 2016 as a Pathway Operations Manager Intern. In 2017 she took a full time job offer in Amazon as a Pathway Operations Manager, she was part of a leadership program, where she went through different operations roles until 2019 when she became a Senior Operations Manager, leading a team of more than 2,000 employees. Shirley lives in Hartford, Connecticut with her family and looks forward to the future with curiosity and an open mind. Be positive, be thankful, and keep learning is Shirley’s mentality.


Tijana Grujic, Senior Manager, Value Management at Cigna



Tijana holds a PhD in Economics, MSc in Quantitative Finance and a Bachelors degree in Banking and Finance from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. After 7 years of experience in M&A Consulting, Tijana moved to the United States and completed her MBA at UConn with Beta, Gamma, and Sigma honors. Upon graduation, Tijana joined the Financial Leadership Program (FDP) with Cigna and has been taking diversified roles during the last 4 years. She currently works as a Senior Manager in Value Management.

During her career in Serbia, Tijana held strong connections with academia and completed numerous researches and publications. She held a notable position as a Board Member with the Central Depository and Clearing House of the Republic of Serbia, and was also a Consultant with the Treasury department of the Ministry of Finance. Aside from her professional development, Tijana is a very passionate traveler and has visited 42 countries.

Brian Anderson, Vice President, Business Development SwapsTech


Friday, February 22, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Brian Anderson is a husband, a father of two teenage sons, and a professional with 28 years’ experience in financial services technology and consulting. Brian’s education to date includes a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Class of 1992, and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCONN, Class of 2008 (Go Huskies!). Most recently, Brian joined a fintech startup named SwapsTech as Vice President, Global Business Development.

Brian lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with his family and looks forward to the future with curiosity and an open mind. Be curious, be positive and keep learning. As Benjamin Franklin put it “an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."



Edward Dunn, Vice President, Supply Chain, Carrier/United Technology Corporation


Friday, March 1, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Ed Dunn is Vice President, Supply Chain for the Carrier business unit of United Technologies Corporation based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In this role, Ed leads the company’s global supply chain function to ensure continued success in all markets. Ed has held this position since 2006.

Prior to this position, Ed was Vice President of Materials for Rheem Manufacturing, and held numerous finance and operations roles within United Technologies Corporation and KPMG. Ed is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and UTC’s Financial Leadership Program. Ed has been on the School of Business advisory boards at Howard University and Quinnipiac University. In addition, Ed served on the Board of Northwest Catholic High School and is currently serving on the Executive Committee for Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County.


Amie Benedict, Vice President, Specialty Solutions Cigna Corporation


Friday, March 8, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Amie Benedict is Vice President of Cigna Specialty Solutions, which includes Dental, Vision, Stop Loss, and Supplemental Health Benefits. She is responsible for profitably growing each of these business segments, in addition to product management and development activities for the suite of life, accident and disability solutions.

Most recently, Amie served as the President and General Manager of Cigna’s Payer Solutions business focused on distribution of health related products and services via the Third Party Administration channel. Under her leadership, the earnings and customer base doubled and the business currently accounts for 10% of Cigna’s US commercial medical membership.

Amie joined Cigna in 2000. Since that time she has held diverse leadership roles spanning underwriting, finance & accounting, human resources and strategy. Prior to that, Amie worked for Citigroup in its Global Securities division. She is an active volunteer with the March of Dimes and was the 2015 and 2016 Chair for the Greater Hartford chapter. Amie holds a Bachelor of Science from Babson College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.



Meghan Beaudry, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Slalom


Friday, March 29, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m., BUSN 106


Meghan Beaudry is an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Slalom. Slalom is a purpose-driven consulting firm who partners with organizations to help them realize their vision and build a better future. Working across various industries, Meghan helps organizations optimize their design and support their employees as the company grows and evolves. Prior to external consulting, Meghan worked in both the financial services and insurance industries. She is passionate about cultivating positive organizational transformations and leveraging technology to help companies create better business outcomes.

Meghan holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst.