The Business Leaders Forum was held September 29 and brought together members of VSB Advisory Councils, faculty, staff and students for a day of learning and networking. This year's theme, “Cyber Risk: Protecting You and Your Business,” highlighted the challenges associated with cyber security, provided insights on how to mitigate cyber security risks, and attracted 235 attendees—a record number. Center Faculty Director Jonathan Doh, PhD, the Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business, again served as program chair.
General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, and author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, delivered the Forum’s keynote address. Hayden highlighted the fact that the best defense for today’s CEOs is knowing what your enemies are up to before they know you know it.
The Forum featured a panel of experts including Jessica Nye ’03 VSB, supervisory special agent, FBI; Jason Judge ’91 VSB, chairman and CEO of 5nine Software; Sukie Mukhopadhyay '11 COE, manager, Cyber Security and Privacy, PwC; and Craig Shumard, principal, Shumard and Associates, LLC. Sue Metzger, instructor, Management Information Systems served as moderator for the panel.
University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, '75 CLAS; Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, provost; and Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business presented Elizabeth T. Mazzeo '81 VSB, P '13, '16 with The Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion. The Bartley Medallion is awarded annually to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers while also demonstrating extraordinary service to their communities and to VSB.