Flagler College's Business Week Highlights
Jordan Puyear, ‘17
This year, Flagler College featured several events during Business Week that not only introduced students to strong connections with business professionals, but also allowed students to apply all they have learned in the classroom to real-world experiences. This years central focus was “Embracing Sustainability: Capitalizing on people and Planet to Fuel Ethical Innovations”.
On Monday, March 5, Flagler hosted a Saints Panels where business professionals participated in a question and answer session with students. This is a great opportunity for students to direct questions specific to their interests and gain insight into what the business leaders are doing in their industry regarding "Embracing Sustainability."
On Tuesday, an Etiquette Dinner educated students on how to conduct themselves in a professional business setting.
Wednesday featured the Saints Showcase, the preliminary round of the Lion’s Cage, an event based on the popular TV show “Shark Tank.” This year, 12 teams competed for the chance to win $3,500 in support of their product. After the Saints Showcase, the Alumni House was open to a Saints Retreat, an alumni and student networking event showcasing alumni business leaders. This event provided students with knowledge and insight into the business environment after graduation.
On Thursday, the last day of Business Week, the final round of the Lion’s Cage took place. Here, students presented their ideas to a panel of judges as well as to a peers and professors.
It was at the CEO Dinner that evening that “Keep Your Cup” was chosen as the winning team. Students Bethany Bennett and Annette Yospe won based on their design of a cup holder for the bathroom stall for sanitation and safety purposes.
"We are so honored to represent Flagler and represent students during Business Week,” Bennett said. “Even if you just have a small idea just go for it, stick with it, and see how it turns out, you never know what could happen."
After Bennett and Yospe accepted their prize, to finish off Business Week, Founder and President of Gate Petroleum Herb Peyton gave students two pieces of advice.
"Good judgement comes from bad judgement, and judgement is all that business is about,” Peyton said. "Also, the best deals you make are the deals you don't make."