On March 2, the School of Business organized its Second Annual Business Summit, “Preparing Students for Responsible and Sustainable Success in Business,” providing faculty, chairs and deans from several Los Angeles-based community colleges the opportunity to participate and share their insights about how to improve business education and establish a better report among business educators in the region.
The event was attended by influencers from Glendale Community College, Los Angeles Valley College, West Los Angeles College, Mission College, Pasadena City College, College of the Canyons, and Pierce College, along with the Principal from Discovery Charter Prep, Dr. Karen Smith. Discovery Charter Prep has a long-standing relationship with Woodbury University, and offers college credits to its high school students in collaboration with Mission College.
The summit was formally opened with a welcome from Woodbury President David Steele-Figueredo, who expressed his delight about the fact that faculty and administrators from business institutions in Los Angeles had gathered together to provide proper and mindful guidance to the leaders of tomorrow. In her openings presentation, School of Business Dean Joan Marques, focused on seven ways in which Woodbury prepares students for responsible and sustainable success in business. Including:
In an amusing, yet fascinating presentation, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, associate dean, MBA chair and management professor in Woodbury’s School of Business, presented “Conscious Consumption: The Art and Science of Sustainable Living,” as a way of instilling greater awareness in business students.
Dr. Laurie Nalepa, the dean of the Career Technical Education at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), shared the infrastructure in LAVC’s Business Department, and explained some of the pillars in the department’s performance, such as its active and diverse advisory board, the pedagogical framework, aimed at preparing students for secure employment in a short term after graduation, the institution’s outreach activities to ensure proper and successful further education for students, and various forms of direct support, such as embedded tutoring, professional development opportunities, career inspiration, and mentoring.
Rory Schlueter, former chair of Glendale Community College’s Business Department and IT faculty, conducted a brief presentation, titled, “Six Key Skills Everyone Needs,”in which he highlighted teamwork, problem solving, verbal and written communication, dependability/work ethic, and planning and organizing. This presentation instigated a lively dialogue amongst the participants about similarities and discrepancies in the implementation of these approaches within the various institutions.
Dr. Thuc-Doan Nguyen, associate professor of Marketing at Woodbury, engaged in an interactive presentation on “The Power of Observation,” in which participants were asked to take notes on a water drinking exercise. With this exercise, she shared a compelling way of instigating curiosity, comparing similar viewpoints, and giving rise to an “aha” moment.
Glendale Community’s study abroad director, Darren Leaver, then presented how students get an opportunity to broaden their horizons at his institution through study abroad programs. He underscored the opportunity to be exposed to environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, effective communication, and generating great insights through exposure to other countries.