By Madison Raffone- Copy Editor
On March 4, Lasell University School of Business held its second annual School of Business Day, where multiple events were held throughout the day, circulating between DeWitt Hall and the Athletic Center. This included keynotes speakers, panels and workshops, a career and internship fair, and the Shark Tank competition.
The entire day was helped by Dean of the School of Business Matthew Reilly and student coordinators, senior business management major Cecelia Costa, sophomore event management major Kaitlyn Hennessy and Allison Parabicoli, a senior event management major.
Students, administration and special guests were welcomed with coffee and snacks as they socialized with one another in DeWitt Hall and listened to keynote speakers Senior Director of Creative Services & Content for the Boston Red Sox Tim Heintzelman and President of Encore Boston Harbor Brian Gullbrants. The two had lots to share about their experience and journey to their current position.
“I think it’s really fun to talk to students who are trying to work in sports and figure out their path. You know, everyone has a unique path of how they got there, but hearing real-life examples from people and how they broke into the industry, I feel like it’s very helpful for students…cause I would have appreciated that as a student in my time,” said Heintzelman.
Aside from the two keynote speakers, students were able to listen to a variety of event speakers, including Founder and CEO of LiveWire Collaborative Angela Pitter and Entrepreneurial Leader and Business Strategist Daniel Behr.
Students passed around resumes to the booths they visited during the career fair as well; there was no shortage of activities to participate in. A large variety of companies were available during the career fair to please the different majors, such as Encore Boston Harbor, Camp Waziyatah, John Guilfoil Public Relations, and more.
“The main point of the career fair, of course, is an opportunity for employers to come and recruit students for internships and part-time jobs,” said Director of Career Development Donnell Turner.
Later in the night, the Shark Tank took place, which included past “Shark Tank” contestant Co-founder and CEO of Qeepsake Jeff McNeil, as a judge on the panel. The competition allowed students to pitch their business ideas to the judges for a chance to win $1,000 in grant money toward their idea.
“Each year is going to keep getting bigger and better, and as you can tell from last year we had maybe half of the gym full and this year the entire gym is full so…more to come,” said Costa.
Students, whether business majors or not, were able to take advantage of the multiple connections that could be made.