The Iowa State University College of Business announces Business Week 2017, which includes a full week of activities for business students and undeclared students who would like to learn about the degrees available in business.
A new event this year includes a “Sweet Treat Kickoff” on Monday, September 11. Business students can meet in the northeast campanile lawn on central campus to enjoy a variety of sweet treats.
During this week of celebration, business students are invited to enjoy coffee and snack breaks, an etiquette dinner, service project, a “pitch your business” competition, and a new event, trivia night.
The College of Business CEO Speaker Series continues this fall during Business Week with Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc., a $15 billion global food company, whose talk is titled, “From Donut Salesman to CEO.”
Sullivan oversees all of Smithfield’s operations in the United States, Poland, Romania, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1988. He lives in Richmond, Virginia. During his talk, Sullivan will share his path from student to professional, and his journey to the CEO position.
“We are very excited to have Ken Sullivan connect with our students as well as members of the Iowa State and Ames community,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “Smithfield hires a number of our students for internships and full-time positions. I’m confident students will enjoy his talk. They will also have time that evening to ask questions. I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity.”
The CEO Speaker Series lecture is free and open to the public.
The purpose of Business Week is to provide students with professional development opportunities, such as a Business Week Speaker Series, and to provide opportunities for business students to network with potential employers. Business Week is held each year just before the fall Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair at Hilton Coliseum, which will be Wednesday, September 20, from 12:00-6:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. All students on campus are encouraged to attend the career fair, whether or not they currently need an internship or job.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with business professionals and make important contacts,” Spalding said. “To date, 191 businesses have registered to have representatives at the career fair. I encourage all students to take advantage of the chance to make connections and learn about careers from these wonderful businesses.”
A complete list of Business Week events can be found on the College of Business’s new web site: www.business.iastate.edu/business-week/
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