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April 21, 2015

National Grid New York President Ken Daly '88 Advises SFC Students

Offers Life Long Lessons in Doing the Right Thing

St. Francis College alumnus Ken Daly ‘88, President of National Grid New York and member of the College’s Board of Trustee came to St. Francis on April 21, 2015 to offer the talk, “Life Long Lessons in Doing the Right Thing” for the second Kenneth D. Daly – National Grid Lecture Series.

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Management professors John Dilyard and Leonard Jordan welcomed Mr. Daly to their capstone classes made up of graduating students in the Master’s Degree in Accounting program and undergraduates getting their Bachelor’s Degree in Management. For their course projects, the students run a virtual company for the entire semester.

Jumping from the virtual world to the real world, Daly spoke about his life and work experience, as well as the people who influenced and impacted his life; including former bosses, teachers and friends. He also talked about lessons he learned while recently attending Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program, a rigorous, eight-week, full time learning experience in which 168 students from 50 countries, many of whom were highly ranked executives like Ken, took a wide range of management courses. In addition to numerous classes, the executives also evaluated case studies, engaged in simulations, practice negotiation sessions and team building exercises. The lessons Ken wanted to impart on the students were all about how important it is to act ethically, morally and responsibly at all levels of an organization.

“Always take actions and make decisions that you would be proud to have your friends, family and loved ones read about in the newspaper,” Daly told the students. ‘‘It’s not always easy to do the right thing, but behaving responsibly is not just an option, it is an absolute obligation.”

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.

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