Business leaders give students a lesson on success

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Business leaders give high school students a lesson on success

Published: October 28, 2011.

The Lewis University College of Business hosted its first Business Leaders Seminar Oct. 21 on the Romeoville campus. The event was a collaborative effort with eight high schools from the surrounding area: Bolingbrook, Hinsdale South, Joliet Central, Joliet West, Lockport, Naperville North, Reavis and Romeoville. The focus of the seminar was to provide students with information about careers in the different areas of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Information Security, International Business and Marketing.

“This seminar offered high school students a unique opportunity to engage with several successful business leaders to learn about their business careers.” said Dr. Rami Khasawneh, dean of the College of Business and Graduate School of Management.

The number of participants in the seminar exceeded 200, which included high school students, high school faculty, business leaders and COB faculty and staff. The event was initiated to help students better understand the different areas in business and the potential career paths one could take in a specific field. The college invited an exceptional group of panelists ranging from CEOs and owners of businesses to recent COB alums. Discussion Panels were split in three concentrations: Accounting/Economics/Finance, Computer Information Systems/Information Security and Business Administration/International Business/Marketing. Each panel member shared their opinions and experience in their particular field. Each session was approximately 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions & answers, which enabled students to get feedback on how to be better prepared for the business world.

Amanda Theel, graduate assistant at the college and the event coordinator stated, “The main goal of the day was to have students understand that ‘business’ is an umbrella word. Business in the education world has many branches that stem from it: Accounting, Information Security, Business Administration, Marketing, etc. We want students to have a passion for not just business as a whole but to find the concentration that suits them best.” Once the panel discussions were over, the students were taken on a tour of the Lewis University campus.

The high schools’ faculty were very pleased with the seminar. Jeffrey Riley from Joliet Central stated, “I already can’t wait for next year’s event. It was a great experience for the students and myself.”

Another high school faculty member from Hinsdale South, Tim Davis said, “I really hope you do this again next year.”

The College of Business has already begun planning its second Business Leaders Seminar and will be inviting more high schools to participate in next year’s seminar. It hopes to make it an annual event.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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