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Event Offers Networking Opportunities

| April 14, 2011

William M. Wright II
Photo by Patrick Wright

For business and leadership students, making the right connections is vital to their future success. Regent University's School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship (GLE) regularly affords students opportunities to connect with the local business community. The school's latest effort was its annual networking event, held this year on Monday, April 11.

With about 200 guests, the event offered time for students to mingle with members of the local business community, exchanging information and establishing connections that will serve them well in the months and years ahead. Faculty members also participated in the networking.

"This event provides an opportunity for alumni, students, prospective students and friends of GLE to come together and connect, building friendships and business connections," said Dr. Bruce Winston, GLE's dean "It helps build alumni relations, and it's an opportunity for GLE to build and support local business networks. Also, prospective students have the opportunity to interact with alumni, students and faculty to see if GLE is the right choice for them."

Speakers during the program included Regent Founder and Chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson. He described Regent's entrepreneurial focus and the impact that GLE and other programs are making around the world, citing the university's entrepreneurial training in Peru where 24,000 Peruvians learned the practical skills needed to start and operate successful businesses. "We're on the cutting-edge of what's going on in the world," Chancellor Robertson said.

William M. Wright II '07 (GLE) also spoke, sharing how his training at Regent impacted his career. Wright was recently named chief financial officer of Chartway Federal Credit Union, one of the top 100 credit unions in the nation, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va.

"One of the main impacts of my program [at Regent] came from interaction with faculty, often outside of the classroom," Wright said. "I'm a finance guy and for me, it was all about the numbers. But thanks to the GLE faculty, I left Regent with an acute awareness of people and the importance of servant leadership. I feel absolutely prepared to handle any challenge."

Stephen Bruce '10 (GLE) offered words of encouragement to prospective students, speaking to them about the importance of understanding themselves and their vocation. "It's more than your day job—it's also your calling as a spouse or as a parent. You need to know what you want to lead and who you want to lead. It's remembering that those who lead best serve first."

The networking event also provided a forum to showcase the work of Regent's award-winning Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, which is headed to a national competition in May.

Learn more about GLE programs.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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