GWSB students seeking careers are benefitting from a new working partnership between the F. David Fowler Career Center (FDFCC) and the National Chamber Foundation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the focal point for every aspect of business and commerce,” said Steve Leavey, FDFCC employer development consultant. “Partnering with the Chamber has opened many doors for our students, allowing them to meet with and listen to successful, well-respected corporate leaders.”
“The partnership between The George Washington University School of Business and the National Chamber Foundation has been an eye-opening and mutually beneficial endeavor,” said Jackie Carl, marketing manager, National Chamber Foundation. “Having GW’s students participate in our events creates a depth to our audience that most professional programming does not offer. Not only do these young entrepreneurs give us a different view on the future of business, but they can also learn from business experts on what it takes to succeed after graduation.”
Leavey has worked closely with representatives of the business federation to establish formal ties between the Career Center and the Chamber. In February, he arranged a site visit for a group of 40 GWSB students. Since then, he helped coordinate student attendance at several recent Chamber events, including:
- The inaugural session of the Chamber’s Center for Women in Business, Mar. 21;
- The CEO Leadership Series: American Electric Power, Apr. 26;
- The CEO Leadership Series: Amway Company, May 2; and
- America’s Small Business Summit, May 21-23.
Participating students have given the events high marks. Kiran Bhandari, BBA, international business, ’12, was impressed with the CEO Leadership session that featured Nick Akins, CEO and president of American Electric Power. “Akins was very focused on making sure his shareholders and customers were made aware of how AEP was taking initiatives to reduce the corporation’s carbon footprint and raise $2-3 trillion from investors for the sole purpose of R&D on alternative sources of energy,” Bhandari said.
“From being considered for internships to participating in the Chamber-sponsored programs and networking opportunities, our students will gain greater insight into the functional areas they are interested in pursuing and become more knowledgeable about their chosen career fields,” Leavey added.