Inaugural Fiondella Lecture

Calling the Shots: How the Humanities Paved the Way for My Success in the Business of Sports

Featuring: Val Ackerman, J.D.  
Commissioner, BIG EAST Conference

Join us for the inaugural Fiondella Lecture, established by Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64, ’16Hon., & '16GP featuring Val Ackerman, J.D., Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference. This annual lecture brings accomplished leaders to campus who present on themes or topics that underscore the importance of a foundation in the humanities to the study of business and other disciplines.  

This event will also feature the presentation of the Fiondella Student Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished student achievement in business and the humanities.

About Our Speaker 

Val Ackerman, J.D. was named the fifth Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference in 2013. She was the founding President of the Women's National Basketball Association and a past President of USA Basketball, which oversees the U.S. men's and women's Olympic basketball program. She has had a long and accomplished career in the sports industry and is one of the few sports executives who has held leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national team, and international levels. Ms. Ackerman earned her bachelor of arts degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 1981.


About Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64, ’16Hon., & '16GP

Mr. Fiondella earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science while also completing the vigorous Liberal Arts Honors Program at Providence College. He received a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1968. In addition to his contributions to the Great Room in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Mr. Fiondella was instrumental in establishing the Angel Fund, an ongoing source of emergency financial aid that allows students whose families have experienced unexpected financial challenges to continue their studies at Providence College.

Attendees are also encouraged to celebrate the dedication of the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click for more information about the dedication activities.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Danielle Gaboury

Date & Location

Date: 4/28/2017
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Room 105, Ruane Center for the Humanities

Providence College
Providence, RI 02918