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Hi! I’m a third-year undergraduate student at Saint Louis University, studying international business and economics with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. I’ve been a resident advisor for the Diversity and Unity Learning Community for two years. I’m an executive board member of the international business club and an avid member in the economics club and African American Male Scholars. Additionally, I’m a member of Alpha Kappa Epsilon – the international business fraternity – Beta Gamma Sigma – an international business honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa – a national scholastic achievement honor society. As a certified peer educator, I teach a class to current students promoting responsible behavior and focusing on decision making and goal setting.
The past three days were busy for the SLU Center of Entrepreneurship...On Saturday, we hosted the #SLUTeenIdeaDash, where area High-Schoolers competed in a scavenger-hunt innovation challenge across the City Museum and St. Louis Zoo.On Sunday, the 2nd round of the #SLUPureIdea Challenge took place at the City Museum. Challengers had only one ride on Big Eli, the ferris wheel on top of the museum, to figure out a solution to the given problem and present it to St. Louis area investors and VC Firms.On Monday, Saint Louis University hosted #TrepStart day. Hundreds of students from area High-Schools came to hear from teenage entrepreneurs, take part in workshops, and hear from keynote speaker Jerry Baldwin, co-founder of Starbucks!
We ask you to solve a problem, and you delivered. We got phenomenal answers from all across the country. Now it's time for the second round! Here's some of the students heading to the City Museum this weekend to go on a ride on Big Eli and pitch to a panel of investors!
Evening MBA students applied concepts they learned in Keane’s advanced management course to guide a new pre-apprenticeship recruitment and training program aimed at bringing more women, minorities and disadvantaged groups into the union construction trades. A more inclusive construction workforce in the St. Louis region is the long-term ambition of an experiential learning project led by Tim Keane, Ph.D., associate professor and executive director of the Emerson Leadership Institute.
Ciao! My name is Byron Abrigg and I’m a sophomore at the John Cook School of Business studying economics. This semester I am studying abroad in the eternal city—Rome, Italy—at the Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center ( JFRC). My first month and a half here has been amazing beyond belief and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me the rest of the semester. Arrivederci!
Since starting my teaching career at Saint Louis University, I have taught using the case study method.This means that on any given day if you were to attend one of my classes you would likely find me and my students engaged in a collective discussion of a business case study, which is to say, a story. It has characters, it has plot twists and it has a narrative flow that we commonly recognize as story-telling. A veritable 3-D effect: dialogue, data and drama.
Over the last year, it’s no secret that St. Louis has had its fair share of challenges. Our ability to come together as a community to respond to those challenges can help set the tone for the next generation of leaders in St. Louis and in the country as a whole. The Regional Business Council is an organization that is committed to making a positive impact on the quality of life in the St. Louis region. Their Young Professionals Network (YPN) includes over 3,000 diverse young professionals, including a select group called the Leadership 100, from over 750 companies. This network exists to attract and inspire young, diverse professionals to grow a more globally competitive business environment and enhance our community. Our goal is to leverage the horsepower of a 3,000+ group to create leadership and professional development opportunities, generate community impact, and recognize the role diversity and inclusion play in our community.
Cook School students are playing a vital role in helping real businesses solve challenges, gain momentum, and innovate.Accelerating from zero to 60 mph in about 3.2 seconds, a Tesla Model S electric vehicle has a range of up to 270 miles and boasts the highest safety rating in America. But the mainstream market success of these sleek marvels of engineering depends on an infrastructure of electric charging stations to provide owners with convenience and peace of mind as they travel. Several teams of SLU undergraduate and graduate students tackled this challenge head-on. Working closely with Tesla representatives charged with advancing the local EV ecosystem, each group conducted a feasibility analysis of potential ideas for expanding the charging infrastructure in St. Louis.
My name is Hannah McEnery, and I am a SLU freshman from Staunton, Illinois. I am studying marketing and finance with a minor in entrepreneurship. I am a Senator in the Student Government Association (SGA) and a Liaison in the Residence Hall Association to SGA. Within the Cook School, I am a member of the Service Leadership Program. Currently, I am the Director of Liquid Assets for SLU Dance Marathon, as well as a member of SLU Wishmakers. In my free time, I enjoy working out, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends.
On Thursday, June 4, Seung Kim, Ph.D., director of the Boeing Institute of International Business at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, was presented with the 2015 International Educator of the Year award by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. “This is the first year that the World Affairs Council of St. Louis is awarding the International Educator of the Year,” stated Robert A. Fischer, executive director, World Affairs Council of St. Louis. “It couldn’t be given to a more deserving individual than Dr. Seung H. Kim, who has led the global education initiative in the Saint Louis region for several decades.”