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PVBLIC Foundation chairman and co-founder, Sergio Fernandez de Cordova will speak to the College of Charleston School of Business and members of the community on March 28 as a part of Impact Day.

De Cordova, an internationally renowned entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, will discuss the intersection between social impact and financial prosperity, highlighting successful business models that align with the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

De Cordova has led a variety of private-public, impact-driven partnerships with leaders across the globe and currently serves as a delegate in the U.S. State Department’s entrepreneurship program. He is also a member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council of the United Nations.

Among several notable achievements, De Cordova was recently honored by the United Nations with the Global Social Impact Award, and was named one of Dell’s #Inspired 100 leading global influencers in entrepreneurship in 2012. The entrepreneurial pioneer has served on more than 20 boards and has been featured on CNN, ABC, Bloomberg TV and several other major news networks.

His lecture will be a part of the School’s George G. Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series — one of the many events slated for the inaugural Impact Day, presented by In Place Impact and the College of Charleston School of Business.

A day-long affair, Impact Day seeks to challenge local entrepreneurs to make Charleston a hub for businesses purposed to make a difference while making a profit. Participants will gain an understanding of impact investing, as well as the role the College of Charleston School of Business plays in creating the next wave of impact entrepreneurs.

De Cordova’s talk will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in the School of Business Wells Fargo Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Those interested in attending are required to RSVP here.

Studies show that companies do most of their hiring during the first two months of the year. With businesses eager to bring on new talent, there’s no better time to spruce up your resume than now. That’s why the College of Charleston School of Business Student Success Center (SSC) is launching Resume Month this February.

Enter SSC’s Cory Werkheiser: assistant director of career and professional development and the man who’s making Resume Month happen. Poised to take students’ professional skills to the next level, Werkheiser wants to make sure all resumes from our business students are blunder-proof.

We sat down with the career guru to talk a little about the do’s (and don’ts) of a well-done resume.

 

Q: Being the assistant director of career and professional development, I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of resumes — the good and the bad. Is there anything you wish students would leave off of their resumes?

A: Coffee stains. Actually, most of the time I assist students with adding things they never thought of including like volunteer experience or details about study abroad programs.

Q: What’s the best funky font to include on your resume?

A: If you are using the word funky to describe your resume font you’ve already failed… Keep it simple Calibri or Arial. Times New Roman if you insist on having letters with serifs.

Q: Some students are discouraged by the brevity of their resumes. What advice do you have for Cougars with less professional experience?

A: Get involved! Join clubs and professional organizations related to your major/minor. Volunteer with organizations that support your interests or hobbies. Look for opportunities to job shadow or intern to gain experience, and seek out leadership positions whenever possible. All of this enhances your resume and expands your professional network.

Q: We all want to secure our dream job. What’s a major resume DON’T? On the flip-side, what’s one thing students should never leave off of their resume?

A: Don’t add any kind of picture or clip art. Always include accurate, up-to-date contact information.

Q: Is it okay to include jobs and extracurricular activities from high school?

A: Rarely, but I review that with the student on a case-by-case basis.

Q: So, your killer resume just got you an interview. What should you never leave home without when meeting with a potential employer for the first time?

A: A hard copy list (don’t trust your phone!) of the following details: When you are meeting, where the interview is located, and with whom you are meeting. And a breath mint!

Q: Any last words?

A: Using statistical data that I just made up, 98.3% of resumes have something that needs to be corrected, added, or removed. Simple spelling or grammar errors can be the single factor that removes you from consideration. Get the resume reviewed, reviewed, and reviewed!

 

Stop by the Student Success Center (Beatty Center, Suite 100) anytime this month to  have your resume revamped for success. And, be sure to follow the SSC on Instagram, at @cofc_sb_ssc!

The College’s former president, P. George Benson, Ph.D., who currently teaches supply chain classes at the College of Charleston School of Business, has been re-elected as chairman of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for the third consecutive year.

Hailing from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania — home of his alma mater Bucknell University — Benson has an impressive background in higher education.

During his tenure as the 21st president of the College of Charleston, Benson launched the R.E.A.C.H. program, hired a chief diversity officer and established a North Campus to accommodate the growing campus community, among several other achievements.

Ever caught a ride on the Cougar Shuttle or received a Cougar Alert on your phone? You can thank Benson for that. He also acquired state approval for our one-year MBA program, now playing a definitive role in taking business professionals to the next level.

In addition to serving on the board of directors of several companies, including the Baldrige Foundation, he has served as the dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and Rutgers University Business School.

Benson currently serves on the board alongside William Troy, CEO of the American Society for Quality; Scott McIntyre, president and CEO of PwC Public Sector; and Tony Scott, former CIO of the United States government, among several other industry powerhouses.

The School of Business at the College of Charleston remains a top competitor in the world of higher education. The School’s international business undergraduate program earned the No. 2 spot on the Schools.com list, Best Colleges for International Business Degree Programs, preceding Georgetown University and the University of South Carolina.

The four-year colleges on the list were ranked based on a variety of factors including accessibility, graduation rate, size of program and student-to-faculty ratio. One of only a few international business degree programs in the Southeast, the nationally renowned program provides students with a multi-dimensional and applied-learning perspective. International business students at the College have one-of-a-kind resources available to them including the Global Resource Center and instruction from world-class faculty who helped the School rank No. 1 in the world for the most Certified Global Business Professionals.

“This recognition exemplifies the dynamic global learning programming we have here at the School of Business,” says Alan T Shao, dean of the School of Business. “It is also a culmination of our faculty’s dedication to preparing ready-to-work business leaders of tomorrow for a global market, and our students’ commitment to excellence.”

Students in the program must minor in a foreign language, regional or global area of study. Additionally, they must study abroad for some portion of their degree. Upon completing the program, graduates are able to successfully navigate a globally competitive business world.

The College of Charleston School of Business has more than 3,000 students enrolled in ready-to-work programs including nine undergraduate majors, 10 minors and six concentration areas, an Honors Program in Business, and master’s programs in business and accountancy. The School of Business is recognized among the top 30 colleges for studying business abroad by the Business Research Guide. It has several Centers of Excellence and initiatives that support specific industries, conduct research and help to strengthen ties with the global business community. The Centers and initiatives also advance the educational experience and understanding of business students in a variety of specialty areas, including real estate, entrepreneurship, global business, economics and tourism.

To learn more about our students’ achievements, undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty and Centers of Excellence, please visit sb.cofc.edu.

 

Renowned entrepreneur and South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce chairman, Stephen Gilchrist, stopped by the School of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 15 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Gilchrist, a Greenwood, South Carolina native, spoke with students about his journey to success as the founder and CEO of GSL Distributors and shared some advice with the aspiring young entrepreneurs. Here are his top tips:

  1. Find something you love and stick to it. Do something that excites you – something that makes it easy to wake up on a Monday morning.
  2. Always begin with the end in mind. It’s best to have a good idea of what your finished product will look like before you dive into a challenge.
  3. Forget about networking – make friends with everyone you meet. Friends will take you places networking can’t.
  4. Avoid setting “safe” goals. Challenge and push yourself beyond your wildest expectations.
  5. Pay attention in class. Last but not least – listen to your professors! The practical insight and experience your professors have to offer will save your life in the real world. Though sometimes, what you’re learning may only seem applicable in the classroom, that is often never the case.

Want to hear more from Gilchrist’s talk? Check out the video below!

 

 

 

 

Williams scholars in class

Williams speaking to the Stuart M. Williams Impact Scholars

According to Stuart Williams, impact entrepreneur-in-residence at the College of Charleston School of Business, he doesn’t have an “off” switch.

“My brain never shuts down because I’m always thinking about the many things that need to be fixed in the world,” says Williams, founder of impact ecosystems architecture firm, In Place Impact.

But it’s not just the problems of the planet that keep his mind abuzz; it’s their potential solutions as well.

Williams has dedicated a large portion of his professional life to impact entrepreneurship — or, making a difference through profit-based initiatives — and has created a program at the School of Business to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

The Stuart M. Williams Impact Scholars program, which officially launched this fall, is designed to provide seven exceptional undergraduate students with the guidance, resources and network to tackle some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.

“There are so many young people who are truly passionate about affecting change in the best way possible,” says Williams. “I want to give as many students as I can the opportunity to make those dreams a reality.”

Participants in the program have the chance to sharpen their skills through professional development, roundtable dinners, internships and tours of local impact businesses. The Scholars also meet weekly with Williams as well as other mentors and advisors, including Professor David Wyman, Professor Lancie Affonso and MBA candidate Kelly Muxworthy to discuss their respective impact projects.

The 2017 Stuart M. Williams Impact Scholars are Latosha Andrade, Mya Belden, Carlie Christenson, Kionnie Epps, Catherine Hill, Sofia Troya and Brandon Williams.

The impressive inaugural cohort, which was selected after a rigorous application and Williams Impact Scholarsinterview process, is comprised of freshmen and juniors from a diverse range of disciplines, including business, public health, political science and criminal justice.

Some of the young innovators have already launched exceedingly successful businesses, says Williams. All of them have incredible personal stories and achievements: one student carried more than 50 credits into college from high school; one came all the way from Ecuador to learn how to solve the problems in her country; and, one spent more than five years serving in the military.

Students in the program are looking to take on various social and economic issues such as eradicating poverty, improving supply chain sustainability in the coffee industry and ensuring quality primary school education for children.

“It’s all about impacting in a way that is fulfilling for you,” Williams told students at one of their first meetings.

What seems to fulfill Williams is ensuring that the School of Business is properly positioned to become one of the nation’s leading academic institutions offering impact studies.

Williams is a noticeable presence at the school, not only through his new scholars program but also through the ICAT program and the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has also successfully helped the School integrate impact studies into many of its classes.

The business school was honored to have Williams join its board of governors this year. “We owe a great deal to Stuart here at the School of Business and are thrilled he has joined our Board,” says Alan T. Shao, dean of the School of Business. “His passion for impact studies paired with his commitment to further the strategic goals of this institution have paved the way for our students to become the socially and environmentally responsible business leaders of tomorrow.”

With no “off” switch in sight for Williams and the students he continues to inspire, it’s safe to say the biggest impact is yet to come.

On any given day, the School of Business is bustling with students, faculty and staff who work hard to sustain its mission — to educate socially responsible graduates through practical undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

But as the halls of the Beatty Center quiet down for the Thanksgiving holiday, the School would like to take the time to reflect and give thanks for a few things that make mean a lot to us.

1. Our esteemed faculty

Our faculty work each day to provide students with the tools and skills needed to become socially responsible business professionals. When they’re not molding young minds in Charleston, many of our faculty can be found abroad doing research and teaching. In fact, the College of Charleston School of Business ranks No. 1 in the world among universities for having the most Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP). By providing experiential learning opportunities for students and through their cutting-edge research in the business field, it is safe to say that our professors are as good as it gets.

2. Our Student Success Center

With the goal of helping our students successfully transition from the classroom to the boardroom, the Student Success Center (SSC) at the School of Business helps to ensure that students are on track to succeed academically and professionally. From scholarships to internships and study abroad opportunities, the SSC is a vital resource to any business student. By offering student services such as advising, suit valet and career and professional development, it’s no secret that the academic and professional careers of business students matters to the SSC.

3. Our donors

Those who give to the School of Business both of their time and donations are a huge part of what makes this School so great. The support of these individuals enables our faculty and staff the opportunity to prepare our students for the real world. Due to their generosity, the business school has been able to launch new programs, support study abroad and establish several new scholarships. What makes us even more proud is that many of our donors are current and former Cougars. To join the ranks of our big-hearted benefactors, please visit our giving page.

4. Our one-year MBA program

The School of Business is home to a world-class, one-year MBA program prepares the next wave of global business leaders. Inside the classroom, students are developing the skills to innovative, communicate and lead — and will continue to build on those skills to create solutions that meet the needs of the business community. Outside of the classroom, the MBA cohort is gaining insights from industry leaders through the executive mentorship program. Job placements for graduates three months after graduation has consistently been 95 percent and higher. A dynamic and rigorous program, the one-year MBA at the School of Business is a game changer, and we are thankful for it.

5. Our ready-to-work students

Finally, we would be remiss not to mention our students on this list. With more than 2,000 undergraduate students and 63 graduate students, the School of Business is one of the largest schools at the College, representing nearly a quarter of its population. The top states our students hail from include New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. Outside of the U.S., full-time students come from Canada, Bermuda and the United Kingdom. Our business students are continually sharpening their tools to become successful professionals. Many are making strides in their academic and professional careers through outstanding academic performances, leadership positions and entrepreneurial endeavors. Keep up the amazing work!

The numbers are in, and the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTMT) program in the College of Charleston School of Business has further established itself as a national and global leader in its field.

Recently, ShanghaiRanking named the College a top institution (51st in the world) for HTMT in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The program is also ranked in the nation’s top 25, situating the school in the company of Penn State, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.

Hailed as a program that takes a practical approach to real industry dilemmas, the School’s HTMT faculty provide students with the opportunity to explore the many facets of hospitality in Charleston — Travel + Leisure’s No. 1 City in the United States and Canada.

Notably, the program earned a high Citation Impact score, reigning in at 18th place globally, and 4th place nationally. The score, calculated based on the quantity and quality of the program’s research output, takes into account how often the research is utilized and cited by others in academia and beyond.

Additionally, the program made the Top Journals list, tying for 50th place in the world, and 15th place in the U.S. The Top Journals ranking signifies the volume and quality of journalistic papers produced in the program.

HTMT faculty publish research in a variety of industry publications such as the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and the Journal of Vacation Marketing.

Out of the U.S. schools that have hospitality and tourism departments, the College ranks No. 4 behind Cornell University, Virginia Tech and Washington State University.

To view the full list of the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, click here.

With six academic departments and more than 25 major combinations, the School of Business is a force to be reckoned with, according to Princeton Review’s 2018 “Great Schools List.”

Every year, The Princeton Review curates a list of the most outstanding schools for 20 of the highest-enrolled undergraduate majors. Princeton researchers analyze several variables including academic rigor, demographics and life on campus to identify the best institutions offering these majors.

This year for their “Great Schools for 20 of the Most Popular Undergraduate Majors” list, the School of Business at the College of Charleston made the cut for accounting and business.

In addition to these majors, the College of Charleston School of Business offers seven other undergraduate majors, an honors program, 10 interdisciplinary minors, six areas of concentration, a Master of Science in Accountancy and a one-year MBA program.

The School boasts academic programs that prepare socially responsible, ready-to-work professionals and world-class faculty dedicated to teaching excellence — and the College at large shares this commitment.

According to The Princeton Review, the College is “the perfect mix of urban and small town,” and “is a place where everyone’s unique [talent] or interest can shine through and be fostered for growth.”

The Review ranks the College No. 18 in the nation on the list of schools in the “Best Career Services” category; No. 14 in “The Best College Cities” category and No. 17 for “Most Politically Active Students.”

The College was also listed as a top-notch school to attend for our biology and communication programs as well.

The list rankings prove that the oldest municipal college in America, and the Palmetto State as a whole, remains a relevant and competitive powerhouse in higher education.

Alumni of the College of Charleston School of Business Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology (ICAT) will attend the largest technology conference in the world this November. With more than 60,000 professionals in attendance, Web Summit 2017 connects leaders in technology with up-and-comers in the industry, including the members of the Jyve team.

Music booking tool and app Jyve was created by a team of students enrolled in the ICAT program in 2015. Jyve chief executive officer and founder, Brandon Brooks ‘15, majored in music as well as business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. The Jyve app takes a revolutionary approach to the musical experience, seamlessly connecting artists, venues and fans. William Bragunier ‘16 and  Michael Buhler ‘19, serve as the chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, respectively. You can find their app in the app store on your iPhone or Android device.

“I’d say the most valuable advice I learned from ICAT program is how important it is to question everything. Also, the Jyve team learned how to conduct extensive market research, which has truly played a role in our success as a small tech startup”, Brooks tells us of his time as an ICAT student here at The College.

Web Summit started in 2010 as a way to connect the technology community with rest of the world. Now, it features over 1,000 speakers from more than 160 different countries, representing the intersection between the tech and business world. It’s also where big names such as Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, got its start back in 2011. Speakers include Sean Rad, creator of every twenty-something’s favorite app, Tinder; Caitlyn Jenner, olympian turned reality television star; and David Karp, founder of microblogging site, tumblr.

The Jyve creators will enjoy four days of star-studded experiences, exploring new and creative ways to make their mark on the tech world.

Brooks says he’s “looking forward to catching up with Jared Grusd, CEO of Huffington Post, who was one of the judges for the pitch competition” they competed in. He’s also excited to hear from Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, and one of his idols Ryan Leslie, artist, and founder and CEO of SuperPhone.

ICAT is housed in the School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship, and is a collaboration  with the Office of Economic Development. The program teaches students the benefits of incorporating technology into their entrepreneurial and startup endeavors, utilizing Scrum framework. Scrum is the world’s leading development methodology, and is used by some of the most successful businesses.

 

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