Global Business Leader Draws A Crowd
- By John M Turner
This fall's Dean's Leadership Speakers Series and special guest of the School of Business Administration, GE Healthcare president & CEO John Dineen drew a crowd during his visit and speech at Billings Library on the UVM campus.
As head of an $18 billion global segment of General Electric Company, his business experience has taken him across the world, and enabled him to share a uniqure insight for the audience.
Dineen, who described his UVM experience as a "terrific time at every level: academically, socially, and athletically," said he felt well prepared for corporate America coming out of UVM. "I had a solid education in computer technologies, coupled with an ability to run hard, a desire to want to make a difference and really do something special. That strategy has served me well over the years."
In addition to his talk, Dineen took time out for a working breakfast with 20 honor students as well as meeting with UVM President, Tom Sullivan.
During his lecture, Dineen also stressed to students that they will be prepared and capable of competing at the highest levels of business after graduating from UVM.
"To tell you the truth, I had doubts about whether I could compete with graduates from MIT and Harvard, but it made me work harder," he said. "It’s alright to feel like you have to run a little bit harder at first - and maybe you do - but the disposition you develop at UVM can make a difference. I think for me it’s been a combination of preparation, hard work and a couple lucky breaks. Every time I got a break and a door opened up, I was ready to run through it. You've just got to be ready for it."
The Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series provides our students with an unparalleled view of the current issues and trends facing business leaders today.