NBMBAA's Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) - 10th Annual National Business Case Competition
The University of Connecticut, School of Business, Office of Diversity Initiatives is hosting the National Black MBA Association's Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) 10th Annual National Business Case Competition at the Storrs campus on June 24-26, 2011.
The case competition challenges high school students across the country to excel at the highest levels of analysis, public speaking, strategic planning, financial analysis, marketing, and management. After advanced training by members of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., competing teams analyze a graduate school Harvard-style business case, then present recommendations, forecasts, and implementations before judges from the highest levels of business and academia. UConn faculty/staff serving as judges are Brian Brady (Management), Nancy Crouch (Ph.D Program), Moustapha Diaby (OPIM), and Todd Jenkins (Accounting). Winning teams receive thousands of dollars in scholarship prizes. In addition to the case competition, the nearly 200 high school students and their coaches will participate in a campus tour, live in dorms and learn about UConn and the School of Business. The students will receive an official welcome from Lee Melvin, Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management and Dr. Mohamed Hussein, Professor of Accounting and Department Head.
UConn Sponsors: CIBER, PhD Program, Office of Diversity Initiatives
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Travelers Venture Project: Experiential Learning Opportunity with SCOPE, Travelers and CFS
In January 2011, five Travelers EDGE Scholars (Venice Sterling, Armando Jimenez, Bryant Dominguez, James Wu-Ea, and Cristhian Bedon) were selected to participate in an internship consulting project in collaboration with Community Farm of Simsbury (CFS), the University Of Connecticut School Of Business (UConn), and Travelers Indemnity Company. Their goal was to deliver a business plan to market CFS and raise funds for the future while learning the intricacies of business planning and non-profit management.
With the help of the collaborating organizations, Tim Goodwin (Executive Director of CFS), Professor Elaine Mosakowski (Executive Director of UConn SCOPE), and the Office of Diversity Initiatives – the students created a business plan and PowerPoint presentation that was presented on May 9, 2011 at Travelers in Hartford, CT.
CONGRATULATIONS! to our Travelers EDGE Seniors!
Left to right: Omar Cassells, Teresa Frausto, Sandie Gong, Emily McDonnell, Elliott King, Xiomara Ortiz, Rex Winful, Sneha Parikh, Jayna Velez, Tracy Wright, and Seanice Austin (Director, Office Of Diversity Initiatives).
The University of Connecticut proudly celebrated the graduation of the 2011 Travelers EDGE Scholars. Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), is a partnership with Travelers , the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and Capital Community College. The goal of the EDGE initiative is to improve access to and success in post-secondary education for underserved communities and to build awareness of insurance and finance careers in this population. UConn's EDGE initiative has three components: financial assistance, academic support services and activities for Undergraduate students as well as outreach programming for middle and high school students. Since its inception, 58 deserving students (including some who transferred from the EDGE program at Capital Community College) have been awarded Travelers EDGE scholarships.
Through Travelers EDGE, the graduates participated in a wide variety of activities including resume critiques, mock interviews and improving their personal finance, project management and computer skills. Additionally, Travelers employees took part in the development of the students; in fact, since the program’s 2007 launch, approximately 200 employees have supported scholars as mentors and managers.
“Travelers is committed to removing barriers to education and career success faced by underrepresented students,” said Marlene Ibsen, Vice President of Community Relations. “Through our relationships with local colleges and universities, we are able to provide hands-on work experience in our industry as well as financial assistance to students who, when given the opportunity, are able to excel.”
Program Director, Seanice Austin says, “we are pleased with the partnership with Travelers and the opportunity EDGE affords our students. Students in this program are better prepared academically as well as professionally. The relationships the students have built with their mentors as well as their internship will provide our graduates with tools to contribute immediately to Travelers and any other organization they work for”.
This year’s graduation celebrates the graduates from the three EDGE partner institutions; University of Connecticut, Capital Community College and Central Connecticut State University. The UConn graduates are Omar Cassells, Business & Technology; Teresa Frausto, Accounting; Sandie Gong, Mathematics & Economics; Eric Jain, Accounting; Elliot King, Accounting; David Macklem, Actuarial Science; Emily McDonnell, Management & French; Xiomara Ortiz, Business & Technology; Christian Osorio, Electrical Engineering; Sneha Parikh, Communication Disorders; Daniel Ratner, Management; Jayna Velez, Management; Prasant Venimadhavan, Accounting & Mathematics; Rex Winful, Business & Technology; Tracy Wright, Business & Technology.
At the graduation, held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, Travelers EDGE scholar Sandie Gong talked about her experience as a Travelers intern. In addition to representatives from Travelers, CCSU President Jack Miller, Capital Community College President Wilfredo Nieves, and UCONN Business School Dean Dr. P. Christopher Earley also attended the event.
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