Executive Seminar Series Links Students and Professionals
How do the “Happiness Factor,” “Black Swan Theory” and “flash mobs” impact the field of event planning?
Students at St. Edward’s discovered the connection and more during a recent presentation by Joe
Goldblatt ’75, EdD, executive director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events
at Queen Margaret University in Scotland — a partner university with St. Edward’s.
“It was a fascinating talk,” says Gabriel Maldonado MBA-DMM ’12. “He combined the creative,
psychological, cultural and business management aspects of event planning, which parallel
my studies in digital media management.”
Gaining Real-World Insights
Goldblatt was one of three guest speakers participating in the Spring 2011 Executive
Seminar Series at St. Edward’s. For nearly 10 years, this triannual event has given students
the opportunity to interact with business professionals while gaining insights into a
range of industries.
“Our guest lecturers have pioneered new management techniques and are recognized
leaders in their fields,” says Marsha Kelliher, dean of the School of Management and
Business, which oversees the series. “The seminars support our goal of helping students
become confident, ethical, informed leaders in today’s global workplace.”
Students also heard from Terry Mitchell MBA ’83, JD, a leading Texas real estate
developer who specializes in sustainable urban environments, and Robert Fabbio, an
award-winning entrepreneur who is bringing change and innovation to the healthcare industry.
Connecting with Alumni
Kelliher points out that when alumni of St. Edward’s, such as
Goldblatt and Mitchell, return to the hilltop to share their knowledge,
it’s a special connection for them and students.
“St. Edward’s gave me a tremendous foundation and practical
skills for entering the business arena,” says Mitchell. “I’m impressed with
these students, their insightfulness and desire to improve the world. And
I’m proud to support their success.”
Expanding the Learning Process
Having attended all three Spring 2011 lectures, Casey Cashion ’14,
English Writing and Rhetoric/Pre-Law, and Fremen Deruvo ’13, Digital
Media Management, appreciate how the series covers real-life aspects of
business and presents innovative ideas. “It makes me aware of future careers
and important skill sets to cultivate,” says Cashion.
“And it really broadens our learning,” adds Deruvo. “I’d like to see more
students attend and see the seminars posted on YouTube EDU for everyone to hear.”
Encourage your student to learn from the many professionals invited to speak on campus.
To find out more, contact the Alumni Office »