Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, the College of Business hosted their first ever leadership conference. I had the luxury of attending multiple sessions throughout the two days. The conference took place in Mendenhall on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The college invited many guests to come speak, and it was amazing since they all paid their own way to attend this conference.
When picking the sessions I was going to attend, I really tried to look at the professional I was going to hear, rather than what they were speaking about. There were so many awesome people there, and I wanted to take advantage of hearing experienced professionals speak.
I was able to hear Coach Ruffin McNeill speak as the keynote speaker. This was a great speech and made me look at Coach Ruffin in a different way. The way he talks about his style of coaching and teamwork makes sense. He talked about how moments in his life that he didn’t know where his next job would be, but he trusted in the Lord to guide him through his career. This hit home for me because my future as of now is so uncertain, for example, what I want to do in business, where I want to live, etc. I just have to trust there is a bigger picture for me.
The next session I attended was called “Leadership by Walking Around” and was by David Bond. Mr. Bond was apart of the start up for two companies in health care. He helped designed the online charting software. His speech was very helpful because he talked about how it’s not where you’re from, or where your degree is from, but it’s about if you will fit my company. This showed the importance of the interview process. He is very knowledgeable, seeing as he has taken two companies public.
Sports Marketing is something I have always been very interested in, but I have held myself back from exploring because I knew opportunities were very limited. Therefore, I decided to attend the Sports Marketing Panel. On which there there were panelists from the Carolina RailHawks, Carolina Hurricanes, and ScoutsForce. When While hearing them talk about the long hours they put in and how they work during the day and mostly at night I know this is a huge commitment time wise. Also, when other people enjoy time off, they are normally working events. I quickly realized this was not something I want to do. I highly value in family, and sacrificing this for a job is not something I am willing to do.
The next morning I went to hear Olalah Njenga speak. Her presentations called #Hashtag yourself. This was a great presentation seeing as she talked about how to reposition yourself, brand yourself, and discover what you really want in a job. Olalah was a great, enthusiastic speaker. She was a fresh of breath air seeing as she spoke about something different than everyone else. Her personality, and passion was very noticeable through her presentation.
If you didn’t take advantage of this conference, you missed out on a great opportunity. I feel like it was such an enriching experience and I am so glad I was able to attend the sessions that I did. Honestly, I wish I could have attended more. The College of Business did a great job recruiting speakers to come speak. Overall, the whole experience was excellent. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The location was great, check in when smooth, the gift bag was great, and the speakers were even BETTER! Thank you to everyone who helped put this on; this is what makes ECU and the College of Business so special.