Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference

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Do you know what it takes to build a winning team?

Well, Coach Auriemma certainly does, and you can watch him in action at the 3rd Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference October 26-27 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Connecticut!

This is a great opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the nation’s most prominent business executives, thought leaders, academic experts, and their industry peers. Hosted by the UConn School of Business in partnership with Coach Geno Auriemma, this year’s theme will focus on leadership transitions and building winning teams—and this year, for the first time, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a special practice led by Coach Auriemma to see his leadership style in action.

This year features an outstanding lineup of speakers. In preparation for the event, we asked a few to comment on some key leadership themes. Here’s a preview of their insights:

“When new leaders come in to an organization in transition, they often start by asking, ‘What’s wrong?’ In my experience, they actually should begin by asking ‘What’s right?’ Successful transitions are accomplished by properly linking past, present, and future. Understanding what made an organization great in the first place is the fundamental starting point for then deciding how to deal with current challenges as well as articulating a vision for the future.” – Bob Seelert, Chairman Emeritus, Saatchi & Saatchi

“I have been a part of many leadership teams in my 27 years as a manager, but the three traits that I have seen as the most successful combination are trust, accountability, and ‘grit.’ In today’s tough business environments, it’s the grit that gives you the advantage.” – Anne Diamond, Chief Executive Officer, UConn’s John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Health, Guest Lecturer, School of Medicine

“Build your own brand based on your strengths. There is no risk-free way to lead; put yourself out there.” – Peter Valenti III ’85 (BUS), Division President, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions, Hologic Inc.

“My leadership hero is John Wooden. He inspired champions by molding character, commitment, and faith. Winning was an outcome, not the primary focus.” – Bob Chauvin ’78 (BUS), Former President, Tyco SimplexGrinnell

“Focus on communicating your vision to your team and unifying everyone behind a common goal. Communications that ensure everyone feels connected are crucially important – especially during times of change.” – Carol Juel, EVP and Chief Information Officer, Synchrony Financial

“You can’t do it alone. You need to gain the respect of others and be vested in their success as well.” – Steven Raab, President, SportsNet New York (SNY)

Seats at the conference are limited so register now at All proceeds support leadership programs in the UConn School of Business. We hope to see you there!

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