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Business Week to celebrate diversity and integrity in the business world

Feb 25, 2020

From March 2-5, students from all majors will have the opportunity to participate in Business Week, an annual event at Flagler College that encourages students to network with professionals and showcase their entrepreneurial skills. This year’s theme is “Diversity and Integrity in the Global Business Environment: Developing Cultural Intelligence.”

Business Week begins with the Saints Panel on Monday, March 2 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater. Students can engage in a question-and-answer session with business professionals in a discussion of this year’s theme. The panel will be hosted by Kurt Pfotenhauer and is a co-curricular.

On Tuesday, March 3, the Own Your Future Dinner combines professional motivation with fine dining. Students are invited to dress professionally and attend a dinner in the Virginia Room at 6 p.m., where they will hear the inspiring wisdom of special guest speaker, Mike Baer from EmployBridge. This event is hosted by Ameris Bank and is a co-curricular.

Wednesday, March 4, will be a full day of events. Enjoy a Coffee Break at the Alumni House from 8:30-10 a.m., hosted by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce. Then from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bailey Lounge, students will present business ideas at the Saints Showcase, as they compete for a chance to present in the Lion’s Cage. In the evening, students can attend the Saints Retreat in the Alumni House from 5-7 p.m. Hosted by Patrick McEnerney, this networking event allows alumni business leaders to provide insight into the business world and job search process.

On Thursday, March 5, showcase finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges from the business community at the Lion’s Cage from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Flagler Room. Finalists will also be invited to a CEO Dinner in Ponce Solarium from 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, the dinner allows students to network with professionals and hear from special keynote speaker Penelope Canan, Ph.D., professor emerita at the University of Central Florida. Winners will be announced and receive cash prizes, sponsored by Stellar and Rulon International. Grand Prize winners will present their idea to the audience.

“The goal is to offer programming that will help students successfully navigate the interpersonal complexities of the global business place,” said Allison Roberts, associate professor and dean of the School of Business, Education and Mathematics.

To hear more from Blen Solomon, associate professor and co-organizer of Business Week, listen to her radio interview on Flagler Footnotes, a WFCF Flagler College radio production.

To learn more about Business Week, visit the web page here.

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