Business Day 2013

Business Day 2013By Tim Pate

I have to confess a secret – I’m not technically a business student. I’m actually a journalism student pursuing a business minor. (Perhaps this isn’t so much a secret; after all, it says so right in my biography.) Though I’m not a true business student in the strictest of terms, I am still immensely excited to attend Business Day 2013 on Wednesday, April 3 in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

This year’s theme is “Defying All Odds,” and the College of Business has enlisted some excellent speakers to motivate students of all backgrounds to conquer their personal obstacles. Whether or not you are a business student, the speakers at Business Day 2013 are sure to present material to which you can relate.

Take, for example, Aron Ralston, who will be presenting the final speech of the day. Ralston is a Colorado outdoorsman and motivational speaker, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and the subject of the movie “127 Hours.” Ralston famously amputated his own arm in order to escape death in the Blue John Canyon of Utah after an 800-pound boulder pinned his arm against a canyon wall. Movie buffs and thrill-seekers alike should enjoy this presentation.

Another adventurer will join Ralston in the lineup of speakers for Business Day 2013 – Luiz Benitez. Benitez has summited Mount Everest six times, including a 2001 expedition with blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer. He also conducts an annual “Leadership and Change Management through Mountaineering” seminar in Ecuador and Chile for the University of Pennsylvania‘s Wharton School of Business, and he will share these incredible experiences with us.

If you want to learn about how business leaders and innovators have tackled problems, I suggest attending speeches by Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of RE/MAX; Chris Hutchins, sourcing partner with Google Ventures; and/or Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of The Western Union Company.

The Linigers will discuss Dave’s battle with a septic staph infection that nearly took his life and how Gail managed to support Dave while continuing to lead RE/MAX.

Hutchins, a business graduate of Colorado State University, is the founder of LaidOffCamp, an initiative to help the unemployed learn new skills for the evolving job market in order to face their own challenges, and will discuss these experiences during his presentation.

Ersek will explain in his speech how in less than three years as CEO he was able to help The Western Union Company increase its retail money transfer business to more than 510,000 worldwide agent locations, expand into electronic and mobile channels, add a global cross-border business, and broaden its financial services product line to include stored value cards/e-wallets.

I chose to seek a business minor in addition to my degree in journalism because I knew that business knowledge would benefit me no matter what field I entered after college. I believe that same philosophy applies to Business Day, where I will get the chance to hear inspirational and reputable speakers share their knowledge. We all face challenges, and we all handle them differently. Maybe one of these speakers will say just the right thing to help you – or me – overcome current hindrances.

Below is a full schedule of events for Business Day 2013:

9:00 a.m. – Chris Hutchins, LSC Theatre

10:00 a.m. – Hikmet Ersek, LSC Theatre

11:00 a.m. – Dave and Gail Liniger, LSC Theatre

12:00 p.m. – Luis Benitez, LSC Theatre

2:00 p.m. – Aron Ralston, LSC Theatre

For more information, please visit http://biz.colostate.edu/newsEvents/Pages/eventDetails/businessDay13.aspx.

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