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Scoring at Doha GOALS

By Sahar Petri

On July 25-27, four undergraduates and one MBA student from the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center had the opportunity to attend the 4th annual Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sports) Forum in Los Angeles, California. The conference represented 80 countries and featured 120 speakers from the sports and entertainment industry.

This year the forum was in partnership with the Special Olympics, which was also hosting the 2015 Global Summer Games while we were there. The first day we sat in on the GenUin: Social Olympics Social Impact Summit, and we heard inspiring speakers from ESPN, Microsoft, UNICEF and Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard. The main idea I took away from the series was said best by Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver, “Passion can override the impossible.”

After the speaker series was over, we were bused to the historic Los Angles Memorial Coliseum to watch the opening ceremonies of the games. First Lady Michelle Obama and Jimmy Kimmel were some of the highlighted presenters along with musical performances by Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne. The show was nothing less than the spectacle you would expect an Olympic opening ceremony to be, but my favorite part was a small detail that might have gone unnoticed to some. At the end, when the torch was making its final entrance into the coliseum, athletes passed it down from Iran to Israel and then Cuba to United States. It was a powerful statement that showed no matter what disagreements are happening between these governments, the power of sports was able to unite these athletes to rise above current or past politics.

The following day marked the official start of the GOALS forum where panels addressed such topics as the power of diversity, globalization of sports, tackling obesity, and athlete activism. In between the panels, moderators interviewed superstars like Michael Phelps and Abby Wambach, who spent time speaking about social issues close to them. One of my personal favorite moments was Wambach bluntly calling out FIFA on women making 1/17 of men’s pay and challenging Americans to invest in women’s sports because it’s a smart thing to do.

The reason why this conference was so important is because a large part of success in the sprots industry is understanding the social issues that are driving major decisions—whether its on a business or player level. Unfortunately, in our society we spend so much time focusing on the flashy negative headlines, we forget to give power to the positive abilities sports has to change our world.

Another highlight was getting to know the students from other sports business programs around the country. It was amazing meeting like-minded students who are just as passionate about making a change through something we all love. I can’t wait to follow how we all make our marks in the industry the next few years.

Overall, a big thank you to Doha GOALS for going above and beyond in providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was so proud to spend the week representing a well-respected program like the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. There’s really nothing like being in a different state and having strangers from around the world throwing up O’s.

Sahar Petri is a junior Business Honors student from Portland studying business administration and public relations.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Business Program

Honors Alumni Networking Event

On February 26, 2015, current Business Honors students met up with alumni at the White Stag Block in Portland for dinner and networking at the annual honors alumni networking event.

The alumni networking event was a great opportunity for us to meet and interact with past Business Honors students who are currently excelling in their respective fields. We met alumni from various graduating classes who currently work in industries like investment banking, management consulting, tech, accounting, and many others. Being able to network over dinner meant gaining personal insight about current industry trends, as well as unique job and internship opportunities.

The night started with networking over dinner. Honors students were able to sit near professionals with similar career goals and talk while enjoying the catered food. The event then transitioned into a panel discussion about career paths, the impact of the honors program, and other topics sparked by a question and answer session. The alumni panelists—Ryan Dangaran, Brian Feeney, Ashley Lund, Nicole Wickswat, and Renn Anderson—spoke about their experiences in the program and described the traits they look for when hiring. The panel discussion helped us learn how we could stand out when we apply to competitive jobs and industries.

After the panelists finished taking questions, attendees were free to continue building connections with the professionals on a more casual basis, which created a great networking atmosphere.

— Xiao Liang ’17 and Josh Bryant ’17

XiaoLiang

Bio: Xiao Liang is an accounting major and economics minor who will graduate in 2017. His dream career is to work for a Big Three consulting firm.

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Bio: Josh Bryant is currently a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in finance and economics. He hopes to one day work in private equity. A fun fact about Josh is that his parents own a blueberry farm in Albany, Oregon.

 

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Business Program

Honors Program Ninkasi Site Visit

Ninkasi was the first site visit I attended with the Honors Program. I did not know what to expect or how it would connect with my own experiences. I was apprehensive because of my lack of knowledge around beer and the brewing industry but I still found the visit extremely interesting and felt that I learned a lot.

We met with staff members from different areas of the company and toured their new brewing facilities. We covered topics from their financial structure to the cool projects they were working on, such as new flavors and launching yeast into space. They told us that the reason they included a rock climbing wall and a rooftop bar in their headquarters was because it created the culture they were trying to foster.

As a student pursuing a marketing concentration, the most interesting thing to me was discussing how they decided on which areas of the state and country they would distribute to. They are growing very quickly but they are very selective about where they distribute because they want to make sure that the product is moving quickly and customers are getting it relatively fresh. This can pose a challenge for them in smaller markets and showed a direct application of some of the principles I was learning in class.

What made this opportunity and experience even better was the fact that I got to share it with many of my closest friends. Walking around Ninkasi, learning about how they are growing and developing, along with the great conversation and questions of my peers, made this site visit fun and memorable. I would encourage all those who have to chance to attend site visits in the future to do so and to make the most of every opportunity being in honors affords us.

—Rebecca Kistler ’15

RebeccaKistlerNinkasiBio: Rebecca Kistler is currently studying business administration and psychology and will graduate in the fall of 2015. Her dream career is to work on the marketing and advertising of headline tours with Live Nation and a fun fact about her is that she was a camp counselor for five years.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Business Program

Honors Program Paintball Social

Twenty-five students from the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program set out for the evening to Paintball Palace, Lane County’s premier paintball and laser tag destination. This was an opportunity to apply the skills learned within the classroom out on the paintball arena. Critical thinking and strategic communication skills with other teammates were the key to succeeding in the war zone. This event was a great bonding opportunity and an awesome experience outside of Lillis with both honors cohorts coming together.

It is safe to say I was not the most outstanding player out there. I’ll admit, my loyalty to fellow team members was tested as friendly fire did come from my direction. It showed peoples’ true colors and tested their endurance. Blood, sweat, and tears were shed, but we all came out as better friends at the end of the night.

The Honors Program social events are an opportunity to create memories and build stronger friendships within the cohort. My experience in the program during the past two years has shaped me into the individual I am today and has prepared me for life after college. I have made lifelong friendships with some of the most genuine and intelligent students at the university and cannot thank the Honors Program enough for the variety of opportunities provided to me during my time in Eugene.

—James Coghill ’15

JamesCoghillPaintballBio: James Coghill is a senior in the Business Honors Program who will graduate in June of 2015 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. Coghill looks forward to starting his career with Kroger in its general merchandise department.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Career Readiness for International Students

Career Readiness for International Students – Aron Zhang

Recently launched by Lundquist College Career Services, the International Student Career Empowerment (ISCE) initiative provides international prebusiness majors with a structured approach to gaining practical work experience and expanding their professional networks. The Career Readiness for International Students event was a one-day intensive workshop put on by ISCE that taught students everything from writing effective resumes and cover letters to networking strategies. Business alumni also virtually visited the current students to share their own experience with transitioning from being an international student at the UO to working for an American company.

Below, Aron Zhang gives his experience from the event:

What was your favorite part about the Career Readiness event?
I enjoyed the resume workshop, and the guest speaker for Curricular Practical Training & Optional Practical Training

What was the most useful thing you learned during the Career Readiness event?

How to construct my resume based on the companies I like and am applying for instead of submitting the resumes randomly to job openings. 

What were you most surprised to learn?

I am surprised by how competitive it is to get a H-1B Working Visa nowadays. 

—Aron Zhang ’17

Hometown: Shantou, China
Major: Business
Concentration: Sports business
Certificate: International business communication
Campus Involvement: President UO Table Tennis Club, member Warsaw Sports Business Club, resource consultant in Mills International Center, works in Undergraduate Advising Office for Lundquist College of Business.

 

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.