Helping the Texas State community get the edge on success
By Brittnie Curtis
For the past six years, the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University has hosted Business Leadership Week (BLW). Anchored around the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference, BLW is a four-day event that gives attendees the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about the Common Experience theme and how it applies to the business and professional world.
Brittany Christman, McCoy College advisor and student development coordinator, along with the rest of the academic advising staff, have spent the past two semesters setting the framework for the upcoming BLW. With the help of distinguished speakers, campus organizations and sponsors, this signature event has grown significantly over the past years.
“We have been able to create a lot more unique and original events,” McCoy Advisor Amanda Brock says. “As we review through the years, we’ve really gotten more support from faculty in terms of them reaching out to their professional network. Over the years, we have been able to increase the number of guest speakers and the number of unique events. We try to do something different each year with different sponsors and different speakers.”
BLW boasts a wide variety of events, as well as an array of speakers. This year’s Common Experience theme is “From Segregation to Integration,” and McCoy incorporated that theme into their own for BLW – “Diversity in the Workplace.” By scrolling through the schedule of events, you’ll see a plethora of speakers from differing backgrounds, experiences and careers.
“We try to purposely select a very diverse set of speakers in more than just the obvious ways you may think of diversity,” Brock says. “We oftentimes have to think about how each speaker is going to be relevant to the up-and-coming professional.”
One of the most buzzed about events of BLW is the Etiquette Dinner led by Diane Gottsman, a nationally recognized etiquette expert who founded the Protocol School of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. For a $20 registration fee, participants receive a three-course meal and a fun environment to learn about the do’s and don’ts of corporate etiquette.
All in all, BLW is a great opportunity for attendees to learn about diversity and how it might impact them when going into the workplace. BLW is open to the Texas State community and every student, regardless of major, is welcome to attend.
For questions about the events, please contact the McCoy College Academic Advising Center at 512.245.1993 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.