Today, Lynn’s College of Business and Management hosts its second annual Business Symposium from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. in the Wold Performing Arts Center and the International Business Center (IBC). 

The Business Symposium, a one-day conference, features nationally recognized innovators, game changers and visionaries. The event’s organizers hope to bring the business community to students so they can learn more on the hottest topics in the industry. Significant time and effort was invested in planning this year’s Symposium, hoping to ensure individuals could hear from countless industry leaders. 

“The Boca Raton area is a gateway to international business and a flourishing community of entrepreneurs,” said Dr. R.T. Good, dean of the College of Business and Management. “We want to create a platform for local business leaders to gather, share ideas, network and inspire future professionals. As the region’s most international university, there’s no better place for it to take place than Lynn.” 

 This year’s Symposium includes two keynote speakers and more than 40 breakout sessions. The two keynotes feature Cynthia Trudell, former chief human resources officer for PepsiCo, and David Clarke, chief experience officer and principal of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ digital ad agency.  

The breakout speakers for this year’s event include Lynn alumni Brett Podolsky and Stephanie Cukier.  Podolsky, recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, is the co-founder of The Farmer’s Dog, an ECOERA healthy dog food company. Cukier is an assistant manager at Cia Maritima. 

“For student opportunities, it is an incredible networking opportunity. There are founders, CEOs and executives coming from all around,” said Cassidy Kruse, graduate assistant for the College of Business and Management. “There are also internship opportunities here via nationally recognized speakers from across the country.”

Kruse and Tyler Hopkins, another graduate assistant, created an application that students can download prior to the Symposium.  The app allows individuals to preview presentations, learn about the speakers and plan their day at the event. 

“Last year, I was a student ambassador for the inaugural Business Symposium where I had the chance to shadow one of the speakers,” said Kruse.  “This opportunity allowed me to network with various industry experts.” 

Registration for the Symposium begins at 7:30 a.m., and students can pick up their tickets on the third floor of IBC. Breakfast bites, a boxed lunch and a dessert bar will be provided throughout the event. 

Alli Mancini

Originally from Totowa, N.J., Alli Mancini is a second-year student enrolled in the 3.0 accelerated degree program, majoring in multimedia journalism. Her main focus is in sports journalism and broadcasting, as she always had a passion for sports growing up. Continually, Mancini has looked up to Erin Andrews and hopes to emulate her success.

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