Woodbury Business School Hosts Fifth Annual Creative Minds Conference

The School of Business organized its fifth annual Creative Minds Conference on November 18, 2021.  Students, faculty, and staff from Woodbury University, as well as students and faculty from surrounding community colleges and high schools, attended the virtual event and participated in break-out networking sessions centered on professional skill-building in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, and Entertainment. Several School of Business advisory board members participated and invited fellow business executives to attend as well, providing diversity, breadth, and depth to the career-focused conversations in the break-out sessions. As always, the “So You Think You Can Sell” contest was an event highlight, with students engaging in one-minute sales pitches around items that were rather uncommon and difficult to sell. They competed for prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, and $250.

The 12 contestants were reviewed by a judging panel, consisting of five School of Business advisory board members. The panel identified five contest winners:

  • First prize: Erin Williams – $1,000 (sponsored by advisory board member Andre van Niekerk and Whittier Trust)
  • Second prize: Bradley Davolio – $750 (sponsored by advisory board member Myfa Cirinna)
  • Third prize: Marie Vanian – $500 (sponsored by VTM Associates, owned by Dr. Paul Sabolic)
  • Fourth prize:
    • Inderjeet Virdi – $250 (sponsored by Dr. Andre van Niekerk)
    • Matthew Middleton – $250 (sponsored by Tierra del Sol)

The event participants also had the chance to win a total of six gift cards, sponsored by School of Business Dean, Dr. Joan Marques. These prizes went to:

  Kahoot! Round I   Kahoot! Round II
  Bradley Davolio – $50.00 gift card   Arsen Mael – $50.00 gift card
  Maral Mirzayan – $40.00 gift card   Bradley Davolio – $40.00 gift card
  Stephanie Molle – $30.00 gift card   Aidan Mussalli – $30.00 gift card


The event was organized by Woodbury’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) student board, led by Hrand (Harry) Krkyan, technical director, and Samuel Kleinberg, CEO President, with assistance from Melody Klein and Chanel Cruz.

Jack Condon, management faculty and assistant director of outreach for the School of Business, and Sam Kleinberg, served as Masters of Ceremony, with Dr. Paul Sabolic, associate professor of management, serving as an advisor to the CEO.

The School of Business thanks all participants that helped make this event an unforgettable one.


Last Updated November 24, 2021. 

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