Upcoming Events

Robert W. Black, BS ’81

Is your mindset global?

Robert W. Black, BS ’81

Oct. 31, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jacobs Executive Development Center
672 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY

Being a successful leader—or even a participant—in the world of business requires a global mindset. Join us and evaluate how global your leadership style really is, and learn to expand your global orientation to be more effective.

The UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) cordially invites you to attend our Leaders on Leadership Speakers Series featuring Robert W. Black, BS ’81.

Black is a board director and chair of multiple private equity and public companies, CEO coach and senior advisor to Boston Consulting Group.

After an extensive career as a global P&L leader at companies such as Kimberly-Clark and Steelcase International, Black has worked closely with numerous global companies on how to operate and win in multiple regions and country markets. His expertise spans strategic issues, operational issues and organizational effectiveness.

Other Speakers


Richard S. Gold

No Leadership Without Followers: Applying Behavior Science to Invoke Followership

Richard S. Gold
President and COO
M&T Bank

Dec. 7, 2018
Jacobs Executive Development Center

Richard S. Gold is president and chief operating officer of M&T and its principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank. He was named to this position, and to the board of directors of both M&T and M&T Bank, in December 2017. Gold began his career with M&T Bank in 1989 as an executive associate and has served in a number of management positions in retail banking and business banking, mortgage and consumer lending and the office of regulatory projects. In 2014, he was named vice chairman and took on the role of chief risk officer.

Gold earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. He is an adjunct professor in the University at Buffalo School of Management.

Read Richard S. Gold's On Leadership blog post to learn his four tips for effective leadership.

Bethany Deshpande, PhD

Fierce Leadership, or How I won $1 million

Bethany Deshpande, PhD
Founder and CEO

Sept. 28, 2018
Mainstage Theatre
UB Center for the Arts, North Campus

Bethany Deshpande is the CEO of SomaDetect. She is a highly motivated, big-picture thinker who has more than a decade of experience in science and entrepreneurship, and is always excited to tackle big problems in big ways. Deshpande believes that hard work and kindness will always pay off, and insists on asking questions like a scientist, demanding for the precision of a surgeon, and taking risks like an artist. She believes that planning is everything, but understands that the plan is nothing.

Deshpande was a Schmeelk Canada Fellow, has won the Leadership and Sustainability Scholarship, and the Student Services Award for Leadership Excellence. She completed a PhD in Biology at Université Laval throughout which she studied microbial activity in northern ecosystems and gained experience using sensor technology in remote, extreme environments.

Margaret McGlynn

A Model for the Next Generation of Business Leaders

Margaret McGlynn, BS ’82, MBA ’83
President and Founder
Hempling Foundation for Homocystinuria Research

April 6, 2018
The Buffalo Club

McGlynn is former president of Merck Vaccines and Anti-infectives and former CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. She is a recipient of the 2018 AACSB Influential Leader award, which honors notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model of the next generation of business leaders. She is one of only 29 change-makers honored this year nationwide.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association

John Scannell

Leadership and the Role of Serendipity (or 'the luck of the Irish')

John Scannell
Chairman and CEO
Moog Inc.

Feb. 1, 2018
Buffalo Room, 10 Capen Hall (Ground Floor)
University at Buffalo North Campus



Kathleen C. Hochul

Redefining what leadership looks like at all levels

Kathleen C. Hochul
Lieutenant Governor
New York State

Nov. 27, 2017; 1-2 p.m.
Buffalo Room, 10 Capen Hall (Ground Floor)
University at Buffalo North Campus


Read Kathy Hochul's On Leadership blog post, where she discusses gender equity in leadership.

Jeffrey Jacobson, BS ’81

The challenges while leading and innovating the way the world communicates, connects and works

Jeffrey Jacobson, BS ’81
Xerox Corp.

Nov. 9, 2017; 1 p.m.
UB Center for the Arts Main Stage Theatre

Every year, we print 50 trillion pages of paper — and Xerox and its chief executive officer, Jeff Jacobson, are on the forefront of the technology industry. He leads a global team to deliver best-in-class customer service, drive innovation and help customers improve productivity and maximize profitability.

Jacobson was named CEO in January and has already overseen the company’s largest product launch in its 111-year history: 29 new printers and multifunction devices that debuted this spring. In addition, he’s driving the $11 billion company through a strategic transformation and investing in new technologies, including direct-to-object printing, smart labels and printed electronics.

Jacobson joined Xerox in 2012, first as president of global graphic communications operations and, later, as chief operating officer of the Xerox Technology business, which offers a diverse portfolio of hardware, software and services to customers ranging from small businesses to multinational enterprises. Most recently, he served as president of Xerox Technology, responsible for worldwide strategy, sales channel operations, marketing, technical services and product development, manufacturing and distribution.

Prior to Xerox, Jacobson served as president and CEO of Presstek, adding the title of chairman in 2009. Before that, he was COO of Eastman Kodak Co.’s $3.6 billion Graphic Communications Group and served for five years as CEO of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, a $1.7 billion joint venture between Sun Chemical and Eastman Kodak.

Jacobson earned his bachelor’s degree from the UB School of Management. He also holds a master’s degree in industrial relations from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations and a JD from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey. In addition to the Xerox board, he sits on the board of Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd.

Read Jeff Jacobson's On Leadership blog post, where he discusses company culture, leadership and family values.


Judith Vredenburgh.

Judith Vredenburgh

Judith Vredenburgh
President and CEO of Girls Inc.
Oct. 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.”


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

To learn more about the CLOE Leaders on Leadership Speaker Series, send an email to mgt-cloe@buffalo.edu.