CSU’s College of Business Presents Business Day: ‘Unscramble Your Future’ Wednesday, Feb. 17

A variety of speakers discussing everything from networking to entrepreneurship will be featured at this year’s Colorado State University Business Day on Wednesday Feb. 17. “Unscramble Your Future” is the theme of this year’s Business Day.

The event marks the 32nd year of Business Day, a student-organized event at CSU’s College of Business. Every year the Dean’s Student Leadership Council, along with the College of Business, hosts the campus-wide event. 

“Business Day is an annual tradition that gives students a chance to learn from influential business people,” said Matthew Hoppal, this year’s student organizer. “Through presentations and workshops students are able to gain new perspectives and better prepare themselves for the real world.”

CSU’s 2010 Business Day will begin at 9 a.m. The day-long event is open to the public and is free.

A full roster of events follows. All events take place in the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State campus.

9-10 a.m. – ‘Networking 101,’ featuring Tiffany Blackden, owner of GTS Therapeutics, Cherokee Park Ballroom
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. – ‘Resume Booth,’ featuring Melissa Luna, College of Business Career Center liaison, outside Cherokee Park Ballroom
10-11 a.m. – ‘Personal Branding & Social Media: Why does it matter for our careers?’ featuring Yann Ropars, partner at Extanz.com, Room 230
11 a.m. – noon – ‘Entrepreneurship: A Career Choice in Uncertain Times,’ featuring Dawn DeTienne, faculty member of CSU’s College of Business, Cherokee Park Ballroom
Noon – 1 p.m. – ‘Career Search & Personal Wealth Management,’ featuring Todd Price, vice president and regional director of Goldman Sachs, Room 230
2-3:30 p.m. – Keynote presentation – ‘Making a Difference from the Inside Out,’ featuring Colleen Abdoulah, chief executive officer of WOW! Internet-Cable-Phone, Cherokee Park Ballroom
3:30-4:15 p.m. – ‘Federal Careers in Business,’ featuring Brooke Markley, international economist for the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Room 211E

“Business Day is a great opportunity for our students at CSU to be exposed to speakers from a wide variety of businesses and hear about topics that may not be covered in normal classes,” said Susan Athey, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs in CSU’s College of Business. “I encourage all students to take advantage of this.”

Business Day was developed in 1979 by the Business College Council and the College of Business in cooperation with the Associated Students of Colorado State University. The first speaker who helped kick off the tradition of Business Day was Ronald Reagan, who then was the former governor of California. Malcolm Forbes followed the next year.

Gladys Eddy, the coordinator of CSU’s Business Day for decades, passed away Feb. 8. A College of Business employee for more than 70 years, Eddy left an undeniable impact. One of her finest accomplishments was playing a large role in coordinating the annual Business Day event on campus. At her retirement reception in 2007, Ajay Menon, dean of the College of Business, said, "Mrs. Eddy has spent countless hours helping our students and exposing them to some of the most influential people in the nation through our Business Day – from Ronald Reagan to Malcom Forbes. … She has been a significant, energetic force behind the scenes in a low-profile model of service to the community and the university. It’s hard to imagine the college without her. She has been an integral part of Colorado State, and we will miss her."