CSUâ€™s College of Business is hosting its annual Business Day in the Lory Student Center Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., where presenters from all across the business world will be discussing the importance of corporate responsibility, sustainability and ethics.
â€œBusiness Day is a way to add on to concepts we learn in class with real life people and businesses,â€ said Morgan Kozin, Business Day chair in the Deanâ€™s Student Leadership Council (DSLC). â€œWe want people to walk away from Business Day knowing that they, too, have the chance to make their own impact on the world.â€
Business Day, a 34-year tradition at CSU, is sponsored by DSLC, as well as the College of Business, ASCSU and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.
â€œ[Business Day] is a great platform to showcase successful business leaders who demonstrate high ethical standards in both their personal and professional lives,â€ said Mary Beth Lewis, the director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, an organization committed to educating students and community members about business ethics.
According to Lewis, Business Day is â€œa unique opportunity to interact with great business leaders who have accomplished great things while doing the right things.â€
This yearâ€™s presenter listing includes Tricia Lemmer from OtterCares, Gary Dixon from The Foundation for a Better Life, and Sonya Soutus from The Coca-Cola Refreshments North American Business Unit.
Chris Gardner, the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC and the inspiration for the 2006 movie â€œThe Pursuit of Happyness,â€ will be the eventâ€™s keynote speaker. Gardner will discuss his journey from homelessness to being a CEO at noon. A book-signing will follow his speech.
â€œI think Chris Gardner is an extremely inspirational person,â€ said freshman business student Jeannie Lee. â€œTo be able to hear his story directly from him is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I donâ€™t want to miss.â€
The College of Business event is not exclusive to business students; people from across the university and the Fort Collins community are welcome â€” and encouraged â€” to attend.
â€œBusiness is an all-encompassing industry and we want to be as inclusive as possible,â€ Kozin said.
The College of Business requested RSVPs from their attendees, but open seating will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
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Business day presenters (in the LSC):
Tricia Lemmer, OtterCares, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gary Dixon, Foundation for a Better Life, 11 a.m. to Noon
Chris Gardner, author of The Pursuit of Happyness, Noon to 1 p.m.
Sonya Soutous, Coca-Cola Refreshments, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.