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Left to right: Bill Kenney (CEO, Test My Pitch); Charles Blizard (Senior); Jacob Armenia (Senior); Prof. Dale Jasinski

Left to right: Bill Kenney (CEO, Test My Pitch); Charles Blizard (Senior); Jacob Armenia (Senior); Prof. Dale Jasinski

Quinnipiac entrepreneurship majors had a record-breaking performance at the Connecticut State Business Plan Competition on December 11th, winning four of the six prizes including best presentation and best executive summary.
Quinnipiac teams beat teams from Yale, Trinity, Sacred Heart, University of Bridgeport, University of New Haven and Western Connecticut State.
Have a Heart, created by junior entrepreneurship major Bobby Palmieri, won both the best social enterprise prize and the overall prize for best presentation. Have a Heart helps children, who have lost a parent from heart disease, afford college.
JC’s Driving School, created by senior entrepreneurship majors Charles Blizard and Jacob Armenia, won the best service business prize and the best executive summary. JC’s Driving School is a do-it-yourself garage that offers a variety of driving classes.
All of the teams had Professors Dale Jasinski and David Tomczyk as their faculty advisors.


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The Quinnipiac Nu Alpha Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently received international recognition as a Superior Chapter for its successful efforts during the 2014-2015 academic year. Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students attending universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The organization has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members worldwide.

According to Beta Alpha Psi president Shawn Harter, Quinnipiac’s Nu Alpha Chapter received this distinction because it excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership. Harter also commended QU accounting professors Kenneth Ryack and Christopher Hodgdon who serve as the advisors for the Nu Alpha Chapter.

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women in business

About 175 people attended the inaugural event for the Center for Women & Business on Friday, October 2. According to Professor Kathleen Simione, QU Center for Women & Business, “The goal of the event was to showcase successful female leaders and entrepreneurs and provide them an opportunity to share their insights about their experiences. We believe that hearing from these women, particularly the high points and how they overcame challenges, is inspirational and encourages us all to strive for excellence.”

The event was moderated by Diane Smith, a New York Times bestselling author, Emmy award winning journalist, producer and speaker. She is the author and senior producer for program development at CTN, the Connecticut version of C-Span. Smith was joined by Ann Arpino, a Director for Marcum LLP, and Kate Emery, Founder and CEO of the Walker Group, a technology services firm started over 20 years ago and ranked one of Connecticut’s Best Place to Work 2015.  Other panelists included, Caren Kittredge, Director of Marketing for UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Fran Pastore, Founder, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council; and Cindy Russo, Central Region Vice President for Operations for Hartford Healthcare.

Event attendees included students, faculty, staff, alumni, business professionals and others from the community.

“This event was a great opportunity to hear stories from top professionals and let me know there is hope for someone like me coming out of college looking for a job,” said QU sophomore Lindsay Paixao. “I will keep their advice and comments with me as I move forward with my corporate journey,” added Paixao, who is an accounting and CIS major.

Yu Mei Li, a 2012 QU  graduate with a B.S. in accounting, also found the event valuable. “I liked the message that a woman can have a family, children and still have a successful career.” Current international MBA students, Malna Polya, of Hungary, and Beta Ambroze, of Poland, noted that women’s empowerment in the U.S. is very advanced. But they also added that there are challenges in both a national and an international context for all career women.

Attendees echoed the idea put forth by the panelists that the journey to achieving a career goal is “a jungle gym and not a linear path.”







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NForbesNatalie Forbes, a student in Quinnipiac’s School of Business MS in Organizational Leadership program, recently had her paper accepted to be presented at the International Leadership Association 17th Annual Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the conference, which will take place from October 14 to 17, is Leading Across Borders and Generations. Forbes’ paper titled “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Growing Responsibility for Philanthropic Foundations in the USA” will be highlighted in both the poster session and the emerging scholar session. The paper was as a result of a term paper Forbes completed for Professor Yawson’s OL 615 – Leadership Across Boundaries Class in Fall 2014. To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.ila-net.org/Conferences/2015/index.htm.

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The School of Business recently held an International Experience information session to notify students about their travel opportunities in 2016. Trips are available to both undergraduate and graduate business students. The short-course great wallexperiences being offered this year include:

January Term: Nicaragua (u/g & grad), Turkey (u/g), South Korea/Japan (u/g)

Spring Break: Dominican Republic (u/g), Peru (grad)

Summer Term: China (grad), France/Germany (grad), Hungary/Poland (grad)

All trips are coordinated by the School of Business, in conjunction with The Office of Cultural and Global Engagement and established travel vendor partners. The trips are led by School of Business faculty members.

Business students who are interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact Teri Eskew, Asst. Director for Graduate Programs. She can be reached at 203-582-8259 or Teri.Eskew@quinnipiac.edu.


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Left-President & CEO of Qualidigm, Tim Elwell; Center-Erika Edlund (MBA '16); Right-Consulting Director, Deb Quetti

Left-President & CEO of Qualidigm, Tim Elwell; Center-Erika Edlund (MBA ’16); Right-Consulting Director, Deb Quetti

Many graduate students in the MBA Healthcare Management track spent their summers interning at various healthcare related placements. Recent graduate from the School of Health Sciences ‘15, Erika Edlund, had the opportunity to intern at a national healthcare consulting company, Qualidgm.

Located in Wethersfield, Qualidigm provides consulting services in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient care, home care, and long-term care. Edlund worked alongside President and CEO Tim Elwell as well as Consulting Director Deb Quetti, to complete valuable market research on each of the fifty states Medicaid programs in order to assist with strategic planning for business expansion. Professor Angela Mattie, who sits on Qualidigm’s board of directors, appreciates the opportunity for Erika.  “Qualidgm’s leadership are excellent mentors/advisors to our students.”

Edlund says her experience at Qualidigm taught her valuable “hands-on” lessons that are unable to be taught in the classroom. “My internship experience at Qualidigm was incredible to say the least. The lessons I learned, the people I met, and the projects I worked on throughout the past eleven weeks have only further solidified my passion and drive to begin a career in the healthcare management field.” Edlund hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare consulting field upon graduating with her MBA in May 2016.

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Olivia Atkin (Management major and Sports Studies minor, ’17)

Olivia Atkin (Management, ’17) was recently featured in a Q&A interview on the ValuePenguin website.  In the interview, Olivia discusses her experience at Quinnipiac, her internship with the New York Giants, her career aspirations and offers advice to incoming School of Business students.

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ValuePenguin is a website that uses a variety of methods to provide consumers with resources to better understand topics of interest to them.


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