Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015 - Students Attend Sports Industry Networking Conference

Despite harsh winds and heavy snowfall, twenty CUA students ventured to the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference hosted every year at George Washington University. This year, CUA students from the School of Business and Economics interested in a career in the sports industry were among the crowd.

CUA School of Business & Economics students at the Sports
Industry and Career Conference, 2015.
The conference spanned the course of two days beginning on Friday, February 19 and provided students with knowledge of various aspects of the industry concerning sponsorship, the emergence of collegiate sports and minor league teams, monetizing social media in sport, athlete marketing and representation. The panelists represented a wide array of positions in the industry and represented premier corporations such as the major DC sports teams, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Galatioto Sports, Capital Sports Ventures, Comcast SportsNet and many others.

Upon review of the conference, Luke Scarchilli (’16) commented, “I would highly recommend the SINC Conference not only to anyone interested in the sports industry but also anyone looking to broaden their networking and leadership skills. I was able to learn a tremendous amount in the two days we were there as well as interact with some of the leading figures in the sports industry.”

Thank you to the students who attended the conference and were wonderful representatives of the CUA community! We hope participation in this event grows in subsequent years and that our students will continue to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the opportunities in the sports industry.

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 - Abela and Capizzi To Host Fulton Sheen Event

Dean Andrew Abela and Dr. Joseph Capizzi, co-editors of A Catechism for Business, will be hosting an event next week titled, "Has Catholic Teaching on the Economy Changed Since the 1950's?" 

The event will begin with a video screening and will then move to discussion, led by Drs. Abela and Capizzi, which will focus on Archbishop Fulton Sheen's thoughts on Catholic teaching and the economy.

Please join us for this fantastic opportunity on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00pm, in the Aquinas Hall Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

This initiative is a part of the series of events hosted to honor Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was both a CUA student and a professor. To learn more about his compelling connection with the University, please read more here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24, 2015 - Career Development Program Hosts Sports Career Panel

When asked about his thoughts regarding the first Sports Industry Career Panel that took place on February 19th, current junior, Michael Diorio (‘16) commented, “I thought the panel was wonderful. It really showed us how to network and talk to professionals on the spot. The panel truly opened my eyes to a side of the sports and also business industry and how they both connect that I wasn't aware of before.”
Sports Management Professor,
David Bottegal

Hosted by the Career Development Program for the School of Business and Economics, the panel aimed at providing students, interested in a career in the Sports Industry, an opportunity to network with business professionals and CUA alumni and learn about career options in this field. Dr. David Bottegal, a professor who teaches Sports Management in the School of Business and Economics stated, “We had a follow-up discussion in class about [the students’] future in the sport industry based on what they learned [from the panelists]. The class really did benefit from this.”

Some of the advice offered from the panelists such as CUA alumni, John Meindl, president and founder of SPORTSBRANDEDMEDIA, Inc. in New York City involved making “a distinction between being a fan of sport with being a fan of the business of sport. These are two very separate things.”

Thank you to the students who attended this event and were shining examples of the CUA community. A panelist commented, “I had a blast! I was amazed at how sharp and forward thinking the students were.”

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 - Lessons Learned from Guest Speaker, Alexandre Havard

The Master of Science in Business Analysis (MSBA) program within the School of Business and Economics hosts an informal lecture each week on Thursday evenings. The following blog post is a reflection on the lessons learned from a recent speaker, Alexandre Havard, written by MSBA student Paige Pilarski.
This past Thursday as we sat down for our Thirsty Thursday event our speaker Mr. Alexandre Havard asked us an important question, “What makes up a person?”

It was exciting to meet him in person, since we had read and studied his book, “Created for Greatness” in our course on Leadership last semester.
Alexandre Havard, speaking with MSBA students.
Today, prominent leadership literature tells us that we have to know ourselves. In his talk, Mr. Havard led us into an eye-opening way to do that. He says that every person is made up of temperament and character. A person’s temperament is something that is unchanging and biological, our natural tendencies. Character, on the other hand is something that we work on throughout our lives to build virtues, which can make up for the failings in our temperament.
While some might think this all sounds too philosophical, Mr. Havard made it extremely practical; he made a point of it since we are studying business. He helped to show us how a person’s temperament makes them naturally more or less strong when it comes to the virtues of prudence, courage, self-control, justice, magnanimity, and humility. But knowing this, gives a person the opportunity to build his character on his temperament by practicing virtue.
As he described the strengths and weaknesses of each temperament, it was fun to hear the reactions around the room: “That sounds just like my boss!” “Oh my gosh, that’s me!” Other times, everyone would laugh because they all knew of someone with the extreme personality he was describing.
MSBA students and faculty mingling prior to the lecture.
Before reading Mr. Havard’s book, I had never thought about the importance of the virtue of magnanimity in leadership. He said that a magnanimous person is both a dreamer, who considers himself worthy of great things, but also a doer, who takes action to make his dreams a reality. When you look at a successful leader, whether in business or other areas, you can see that having a vision and taking the right steps to achieve that vision are what make him successful. This gave me a new perspective on virtue.
A quote from Mr. Havard: “You must not try to change your temperament because you are born with the qualities and effects of it. What will you do with it?”

Friday, February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015 - Seniors Speak with CEOs for Capstone Course Project

Seniors in the School of Business and Economics are all required to complete the senior capstone course, Business Strategy, prior to completing their degree. The course, taught by CEO Greg Smith, is intensive in both theory and practice.

According to Professor Smith, "...success in business and in life is all about strategy!" It's for this reason that the Business Strategy course at CUA has been designed by Professor Smith to include a major capstone project, within the capstone course. The project requires randomly assigned teams of three to target, contact and interview at least one CEO of a successful company. The students then develop their interview results into a presentation that communicates what the group learned about the company's strategy.  The purpose of this assignment is three fold: a) to apply business strategy concepts and gain a better understanding of actual business strategy, b) to learn how to articulate a business' strategy to others and answer questions about the strategy, and c) to make a positive impression on a business leader for potential employment opportunities.

Greg Smith, instructor of Business Strategy.
While the basis of the project might sound simple enough, it has a significant impact on the students. The project develops students' confidence in speaking with industry leaders, teaches the technique and importance of "befriending the gatekeeper" and even enhances students' perseverance if their targeted companies do not respond to their inquiry.

Business Strategy students are specifically required to contact someone that they do not know personally. They are, however, encouraged to utilize their personal networks to find CEOs through parents, friends or relatives. They are also given an interview template by Professor Smith, with guidance on how to speak with the targeted businessman/woman, and suggested questions to help spur conversation.

The results of this project have been impressive. Students who have completed the course have interviewed CEOs like Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (an Estee Lauder company), Robin Li of Baidu (China's equivalent of Google), and Brian Moynihan of Bank of America.

Professor Smith reminds students at the beginning of this project that most CEOs were, at one time, just students like them preparing to embark on their careers.  If the request is properly framed and executed, most CEOs would be happy to help the students just as they were once given a helping hand. Professor Smith also encourages students to look at the assignment as a reverse recruiting attempt - instead of being interviewed for a job, students interview a potential employer. Therefore, students should target companies that they might be interested in working for one day.

The development of the Business Strategy course has leaned heavily on the expertise of Greg Smith, CEO of G2SF Inc., and has been given positive critiques from students who have completed the course. Thanks to Professor Smith's innovation, the CEO Interview Project has resulted in greater student confidence, career development, and a better understanding of business strategy.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015 - From Mule Back to Three Hundred Million Dollar Program Manager: a Perspective on the Premise, Practice, and Peril of Development

Christopher Broughton, currently the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Country Team Lead for the development of a $250 million energy program for Benin, spoke to Integral Economic Development Program students about the multifaceted nature of development. Mr. Broughton described development as progress not just in the economic sense, but also including religious and national development, among others. Describing development as more than just the exchange of money, he explained that development involves people creating better lives for themselves, while also creating better lives for their children. Mr. Broughton described his diverse work experience in the field, including as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, Presidential Management Fellow at USAID, Country Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. Department of State's Office of Foreign Assistance, and Director for Stability Operations on the White House National Security Council staff. He advised students to not lose sight of the big picture, but also not to become hyper-focused.