Past Events

Judith Vredenburgh

Judith Vredenburgh
President and CEO of Girls Inc.
October 13, 2016

A diverse group of more than 100 students and leaders from the Western New York nonprofit community heard a powerful message on leadership from Judith Vredenburgh, president and CEO of Girls Inc., at the CLOE 2016 speaker series. Vredenburgh shared her thoughts on leadership principles and management, including self-direction, strategic orientation, adaptation and interpersonal effectiveness.

During her presentation, Vredenburgh reflected on her experience as a student at the UB School of Management and her education has helped her career. Paul Tesluk, dean of the UB School of Management, presented Vredenburgh with the 2016 Influential Leaders award on behalf of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in recognition of the positive impact that she has made and will continue to make around the globe.

Vredenburgh spent 22 years in the retail industry, including a term as president and CEO of Chess King, before shifting to the nonprofit world, where she served as a senior vice president at March of Dimes and as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Today, Vredenburgh leads Girls Inc. to provide life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges facing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada. She and her team spend their time “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.”


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Other Speakers


Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile

Author, researcher, Harvard professor and employee engagement expert

Teresa Amabile spoke on “The Progress Principle” on December 4, 2015, and shared how everyday events at work can impact employee engagement and creative productivity.

Topics included:

  • Foster progress and enhance inner work life
  • Remove obstacles to progress, like meaningless tasks and toxic relationships
  • Activate forces that enable progress

Amabile, PhD, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a director of research at Harvard Business School, co-authored “The Progress Principle,” and authored “Creativity in Context” and “Growing up Creative.” She has used insights from her research in working with companies including Procter and Gamble, Novartis International AG, Motorola, IDEO and Creative Education Foundation.

Amabile has also presented her findings in dozens of forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Young Presidents’ Organization annual university, and the Front End of Innovation annual conference. Amabile was a host-instructor of the 26-part series, Against All Odds: Inside Statistics.

The event included breakfast, a copy of the book “The Progress Principle,” and a book signing by Amabile.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association


Mark Huselid

Award-winning researcher, author and consultant Mark Huselid presented “Big Data and the Three Disruptions of Workforce Strategy" on October 31, 2014, and shared how to use big data to better understand how the workforce contributes to success. The session kicked off the inaugural CLOE Speaker Series, which brings distinguished researchers and business professionals to the Buffalo area to speak about leadership and organizational effectiveness topics.

Huselid has served as editor of the Human Resource Management Journal and on many academic and professional boards. He is the author of three books including “The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy and Performance,” “The Workforce Scorecard: Managing Human Capital to Execute Strategy” and “The Differentiated Workforce: Transforming Talent Into Strategic Impact.” 

The event included breakfast, a copy of the book “The Differentiated Workforce,” and a book signing from Dr. Mark Huselid and Dr. Brian Becker.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association