20 Feb Villanova EMBA Basketball Happy Hour

January 11, 2012

Villanova EMBA Basketball Happy Hour


What:     Come watch Villanova vs. Connecticut


When:    Monday, February 20, 2012


Time:      Happy Hour and game start @ 7:00 p.m.



Villanova EMBA Alumni Conference Registration Now Live!

April 5, 2011
Registration for the EMBA Alumni Conference is now live!

   EMBA Alumni Conference 2011
   May 20, 2011 8:30 AM
   May 20, 2011 5:00 PM
SAP North America
3999 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073
As alumni of the Villanova University EMBA program, this one-day intensive event will reconnect you to the learning and application process that is at the heart of the Villanova EMBA. This day has also been designed to promote purposeful networking that will leverage your engagement as part of this Alumni Association. Join us on Friday, May 20 at SAP's US Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA for this exciting day of learning, networking and "sparked" thinking. 

Early Bird Registration (through April 15th):
Single Registration: $125/person
Two or more: $100/person

Regular Rate (starting April 16th):
Single Registration: $150/person
Two or more: $125/person

Conference Agenda

8:30 AM – Registration and Social Breakfast
9:00 AM – Welcome, Dean Danko
9:30 AM – Introduction to the Program
10:00 AM – Speaker: James Mackey – M&A landscape in the new normal – The evolving consolidation trends in the new market
12:00 PM – Lunch Break
1:00 PM – Speaker: Tim Monahan – Applying Systemic Thinking – From the Class Room to the Board Room
2:45 PM – Coffee Break
3:00 PM – Speaker: Ed Wallace, "Relationships that Last"
5:00 PM – Closing Comments 
5:30 PM – Happy Hour

New Commercial for Villanova MBA

February 26, 2011

Thoughts?  Do you like or dislike the new video?

The Villanova Executive MBA Open House 16 Mar

February 9, 2011

The Villanova Executive MBA Open House
Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.

The Villanova Conference Center 
601 County Line Road 
Radnor, PA 19087

Join us for a reception with the Villanova Executive MBA admissions team and experience a leadership class taught by Al Chiaradonna, Senior Vice President of SEI Investment's Global Private Banking and Trust Unit segment. Don't miss the opportunity to meet and network with current Executive MBA students, faculty and alumni following the leadership class. 

Open House Agenda:
Registration and Welcome 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Leadership Class 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Reception* 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

*dinner and valet parking will be provided.

Registration required – limited space available!

EMBA Open House 16 Mar

February 9, 2011
EMBA Open House Details

Sounding Reveille at Harvard

February 3, 2011

“It’s not clear what the purpose of business education is. It’s got to be more than high-paying jobs and more than a place to build elite social networks.”

Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Management Professor


“The public lost trust in business, and some of our graduates seem to be responsible for that.”

Nitin Nohria, HBS Dean since July 2010.


This is welcome news. The WSJ reports that Harvard Business School has begun to redirect the focus of its MBA curriculum from financial calculus and case studies to … ‘judgment’, ‘ethics’, ‘teamwork’ and building ‘leaders of competence and character’.

It is encouraging to see HBS begin to move in a new direction. But there is much ground left to cover. It is disappointing that the terms ‘accountability’ or ‘accountable leadership’ are not mentioned by any of the school’s officials featured in the article. Without a strictly defined level of accountability, behavioral conditions such as those quoted above will remain ungrounded and vaporous. B-schools might as well be swinging at hot air.

America needs business schools that will develop accountable leaders of innovation and creativity – to serve society and commerce. Short of backstopping their programs with Marine DI’s, b-schools need to discover the term ‘accountability’ – and infuse it in their students as a core measure, from sunup to sundown.

Villanova University: News & Events

December 20, 2010

Villanova News

Villanova Announces Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance


Villanova, PA—Villanova University announced the inauguration of the Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance and the selection of Professor of Finance

Villanova, PA—Villanova University announced the inauguration of the Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance and the selection of Professor of Finance Michael Pagano, Ph.D., as the inaugural chair holder. This endowment, generously provided by Robert and Mary Ellen Darretta, was created to enhance the study of finance at VSB through applied research and cross-disciplinary curricula.

Pagano joined VSB in 1999 and quickly established a national reputation for his research in financial markets and financial institutions. In 2009 he was featured in The Wall Street Journal for his investigative look at the correlation between U.S. terror alert levels and activity within financial markets. Pagano was appointed to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Market Regulation Committee in 1990, becoming the first financial academician to serve on the committee.

As the Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance, Pagano will direct curricular and programmatic developments on emerging topics in finance to ensure VSB students are prepared for the rapidly changing and increasingly global business community. Furthermore, he will spearhead partnerships with international scholars and universities to enhance the quality of learning at VSB.

“Michael Pagano is a distinguished professor who has made significant contributions to financial research,” said Robert Darretta, ’68 VSB. “His insight and understanding of financial markets make him the perfect candidate to fulfill the Darretta family’s vision to position VSB as a leader in finance.”

Robert Darretta is the former vice chairman and chief financial officer of Johnson & Johnson. He retired from Johnson & Johnson in March 2007 after a thirty-eight-year career with the organization. The former chair of VSB’s Dean’s Advisory Council, Mr. Darretta currently serves on the President’s Leadership Circle for the University.

“It is a privilege to serve as the first endowed chair in finance,” said Pagano. “I am eager to collaborate with faculty, Dean James Danko, and the Darretta family to further elevate VSB’s status in the field of finance.”

FIIIIIII-nance. As in “Fix Me A Drink, Jeeves” Congrats, Professor Pagano. May your exposures always be perfectly hedged.