Global Business Leadership Seminar Series (GBLSS)

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.

The Spring 2020 schedule will be added here soon! Please pre-register for each event when links become available.

2019 GBLSS Speakers

Brian Anderson, Vice President, Business Development SwapsTech

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

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. Previous to that position, Ed 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

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

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.