Business leaders give high school students a lesson on success

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, InternationalBusiness and Marketing.

The number of participants in the seminar exceeded 200, which included high school students, high school faculty, business leaders and College of Business 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 College of Business 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.

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.

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