May 2009 Executive Advisory Committee meeting

By Rebekah:

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Under the leadership of Dean Mark Zupan, the Simon School has a very active Executive Advisory Committee that meets semi-annually to discuss current issues and strategies for moving the School forward. These two day meetings occur each spring and fall, and current students are given an opportunity to meet with these business leaders for networking purposes.

Our spring Executive Advisory Committee meeting just concluded Friday, May 1st. The Keynote Address was offered by Richard Sands, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Constellation Brands, Inc. Constellation is a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands. He provided insightful remarks on the topic of “embracing change”, and how that has been such a positive driver in the success of his company.

Other business leaders attending this meeting joined us from JP Morgan, Citigroup, Tyco, Xerox, Booz & Co., Raymond Corporation and IBM Global Services. The spring meeting also features M.B.A. student presentations for those taking the Applied Consulting course taught annually by Dean Zupan. In keeping with the University of Rochester motto “Meliora”, latin for ever better, student teams develop and present ideas on how to improve the school. A $10,000 prize is awarded to the winning team, $5,000 to implement the idea, and $5,000 to those who originated the idea.

The next Executive Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for October 9-11, 2009.

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