Cathleen Cogdill, Manassas assistant dean for business, finance and marketing, organized a breakfast networking event for her “Interpersonal Dynamics in a Business Organization” (BUS 270) class. The objective was to give her students experience in interacting with professionals in a business-oriented situation.
Cogdill invited several people to mingle with her students during the morning event, including Manassas Provost Molly Lynch, Associate Professor Frank Ferrara, Assistant Professor Aldous McCrory, Student Services Specialist Alisa Berry, Public Information Officer Carlene Mackereth and Colonel Michael H. Torrey, a certified financial planner with Capital Planning and Investments.
“These students are looking at careers in marketing, sales, finance, fashion merchandising and human resource management, and we spent a great deal of the semester working on transferable skill sets such as work ethic, presentation of ideas, group dynamics and business writing,” Cogdill said.
During the course, the students learned about image, presentation, perception and the importance of maintaining a professional manner in all environments. The invited guests were encouraged to ask the students about their goals and how their academic pursuits are preparing them to achieve their objectives.
After the event, which served as the final assessment for the course, the students said they learned how to be more aware of basic conversations in business that create connections that go beyond the scope of one event.