Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Wed, 06 Apr 2022 18:59:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Andy Warlick, ’79, named 2022 Krause award recipient, addressing Corps of Cadets April 12 https://today.citadel.edu/andy-warlick-79-named-2022-krause-award-recipient-addressing-corps-of-cadets-april-12/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31514 Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.]]> Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979

An alumnus, lauded for his dedication to The Citadel mission of developing principled leaders and for his integrity as an executive in the global textile industry, is again being honored by his alma mater.

Anderson D. Warlick, a member of The Citadel Class of 1979, has served The Citadel Foundation and the college’s cadets, students and alumni with distinction in a variety of leadership positions for decades. He has been recognized by The Citadel on numerous occasions, including commencement 2009, when he received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree, and added to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Now, Warlick is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.

“We are very proud to announce and recognize Anderson (Andy) Warlick, Class of 1979, as the 2022 recipient of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics award,” said Bill Krause, ’63, founder of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Andy’s leadership as chairman and CEO of Parkdale Mills, a manufacturer of spun yarns with $2 billion in annual sales, is nationally recognized. His service to his community of Gastonia, North Carolina, is legendary. And finally, Andy’s contributions to The Citadel over the past 20-plus years are too long to list here, but it clearly puts him in the pantheon of our distinguished Citadel alumni.”

Warlick grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he worked for Milliken & Company before joining Parkdale Mills in 1984, where he currently serves as chairman and CEO.

Under his leadership, Parkdale Mills has become the world’s leading independent manufacturer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns, with 28 factories in North and South America. As a leader in the industry, Parkdale has earned a reputation for challenging conventional methods in order to provide best-in-class operational efficiency, machinery capabilities and technological advances.

Over the years, Andy has consistently invested his time, energy, and expertise in The Citadel through key volunteer leadership roles. He served The Citadel Development Foundation and, subsequently, The Citadel Foundation as director from 1994 to 2002, 2004 to 2012, and 2013 to the 2021; as Chair of the Development Committee from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010; and as secretary-treasurer from 1996 to 1997, vice president from 1997 to 1998, president of the Foundation from 1998 to 2000, and vice chairman from 2006 to 2010. During his terms as director, he has served on the Executive, Development, Investment, and Grants committees. He now holds Director Emeritus status at The Citadel Foundation.

Andy’s exemplary service to the Foundation likewise includes his membership on the Campaign for The Citadel Steering Committee and, more recently, his leadership as co-chairman of the Foundation for Leadership campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the college, which concluded in May 2018 having raised over $250 million toward its $175 million goal in celebration of The Citadel’s 175th anniversary.

Excerpt of nomination letter from The Citadel Foundation Chief Executive Officer, John P. Dowd III, Ph.D.

Warlick to provide Greater Issues address to the Corps of Cadets April 12

The Corps of Cadets will gather in McAlister Field House on Tuesday, April 12, to attend The Citadel’s spring Greater Issues Series address provided by Warlick.

He is expected to share reflections on life events that helped shape his leadership philosophies.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel.

Read more about Warlick in The Citadel magazine article, Made in America, here.

Anderson D. "Andy" Warlick, The Citadel Class of 1979
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The Citadel Career Center prepares cadets and students to impress potential employers https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-career-center-prepares-cadets-and-students-to-impress-potential-employers/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 22:24:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30783 More than 120 cadets and students are another step closer to their dream jobs after stopping by Daniel Library for the Career Center’s job fair prep event, “Ready, Set, Hire!”]]>

Photo: Cadets and students at various workstations during The Citadel Career Center’s “Ready, Set, Hire!” event in Daniel Library.

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

More than 120 cadets and students are another step closer to their dream jobs after stopping by Daniel Library for the Career Center’s job fair prep event, “Ready, Set, Hire!”

The participants received personalized guidance on building LinkedIn profiles, delivering elevator pitches, conducting real-life professional interactions and, of course, writing resumes.

Cadet Sam Zeron is majoring in Business Administration with the Baker School of Business. He said, “I came to here to get the type of verbage needed for resumes. I think I have good, hirable qualities, but want to convey them better.”

The Career Center’s internship coordinator, Susan Pope, shared some of her top resume tips:

  • Start LinkedIn and resume building during your first year at The Citadel. Update these regularly.
  • Identify which of your skills employers are looking for and articulate how you have developed them.
  • Tailor each application to each specific job; have multiple versions of your resume. Get another person to proofread.
  • As undergraduates, your resume should only be one side of one page. PDFs keep formatting intact.

As director of the Career Center, Page Tisdale has seen students reluctantly attend resume workshops, decide they might as well attend the job fair and then land the job they didn’t know they were looking for. “Even if you think there is no company you want to work for in the future, just practice interviewing,” she said.

The Career Center is there for every step. Thanks to the generosity of donors, they have a closet of men’s and women’s suits available to be borrowed by cadets attending events that require professional attire. Photography professor Kevin Free encouraged students to take advantage of this resource as he took their headshots for LinkedIn profiles.

Page Tisdale, director of The Citadel Career Center, helping cadets prepare for job applications during “Ready, Set, Hire!” in Daniel Library.

“We worked collaboratively with the Career Center, Citadel Student Success Center’s Writing Lab and Speaking Lab to help prepare students to engage professionally with employer partners and practice their professionalism,” said Tisdale.

It’s efforts like these that aid The Citadel’s strategic initiative to infuse career readiness as a leading part of the college’s culture.

For more information on joining the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, click here.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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The Citadel to host the inaugural SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge this weekend https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-host-the-inaugural-socon-entrepreneurship-challenge-this-weekend/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 19:35:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30763 The 20 teams will present their ideas during the semifinal round on Friday before 10 teams move on to the final pitch competition round on Saturday.]]>

Photo: The atrium of Bastin Hall, home of The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, where the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held.

Note: The two teams representing The Citadel in the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge previously competed in the college’s annual Baker Business Bowl.

From SoCon Academic Exchange

The inaugural Southern Conference Entrepreneurship Challenge will take place this Friday and Saturday at The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
The event, a product of the Southern Conference’s Academic Exchange program, is an entrepreneurship challenge pitch competition designed to showcase students with an idea for an innovative business or non-profit organization; thus, the competition features two tracks – For-Profit and Non-Profit. All 10 institutions in the SoCon will have one team representing them in each track, with the selection process for the teams to be determined by each individual school. The winning team from each track will be awarded $10,000.
 
“We are very excited about this first ever, annual SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge,” SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus said. “It is another dynamic, academic-based program which the SoCon sponsors and illustrates that our conference is more than just athletic competition. Some of our institution’s best and brightest students will compete in a format similar to the “Shark Tank” television show for awards and financial prizes. It should be a lot of fun. Thanks to The Citadel for hosting our first event at their brand-new business school facility.”
 
The SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge will feature a semifinal pitch round with all 20 teams presenting their ideas on Friday. A separate panel of judges for each track will identify a select number of teams to move on to the final pitch competition round, to be held on Saturday.
 
“We are honored to be hosting the inaugural SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge here at The Citadel,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. “The Citadel has a long history of encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of our cadets and students, and we couldn’t be more excited to see our teams compete with like-minded students from other institutions in the Southern Conference.”

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The winners of the Baker Business Bowl make a splash https://today.citadel.edu/the-winners-of-the-baker-business-bowl-make-a-splash/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 21:34:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30693 Members of the winning team are looking forward to representing The Citadel in the first ever SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge next week.]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

The $10,000 Baker Business Bowl VIII prize goes to team Trident Jet Nozzle. Their product is a jet nozzle attachment that improves water safety by increasing steering precision. Team Trident Jet Nozzle is an interdisciplinary team, with four Mechanical Engineering majors and one Finance major.

Additionally, they are looking forward to representing The Citadel in the first ever SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge next week, when they have another chance to win an additional $10,000 prize.

Members include:

  • Will Bush
  • Luke Maynard
  • Lucas Robbins
  • Joseph Roland
  • Josiah Schainblatt
  • Corbet Warren
Members of Team Trident Jet Nozzle presenting during the final round of the Baker Business Bowl

Team ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting came in second place, earning $5,000. They intend for their company to plan, design and develop vertiports that accommodate multiple styles of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft designs. ACE team members include:

  • Chandler Beale
  • Collier Summers

Cadets, evening undergraduate students, veteran students and graduate students who have the determination to turn their idea for a new product or service into a business are eligible to compete. “The Baker Business Bowl showcases our most creative students and is a way to put their learning into action,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.

In the first round, the entrepreneurs submit a summary of the proposed business venture. There were 33 entries this year from multiple disciplines. 10 of these teams performed their elevator-pitches in the second round one month later, but only five teams could advance to the final round on Feb. 16.

Members of Team ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting presenting during the final round of the Baker Business Bowl

Shawn Swartwood, a professor of entrepreneurship, has been involved with each round of this year’s competition. He was pleased to see alumni, and especially members of the Class of 1989, encouraging the teams in the final round. “It is great to see former students giving back to current students,” he said.

This year’s other finalists were The Auditory Assistant, Colonic Tattoo and Wound Closure. All the teams presented their fully developed business plans, which include marketing, budgeting and production strategies. They also answered questions from the judges.

This year’s BBB panel of judges included:

  • Joseph Conti
  • Faye Gooding
  • Deborah Kaufman
  • Mark Kohler
  • Antonio Linnen
  • David Saulnier

This annual event is possible thanks to the platinum sponsorship from The Citadel Class of 1989 and the gold sponsorship of Dan D. Nale, Ph.D., ’82. Nale said, “The ability to compete in a competition like the Baker Business Bowl says a lot about the students’ futures and The Citadel. There was a diversity of teams and products present tonight. It was a great event, very professional.”

For these teams, the final round of the Baker Business Bowl is just the first step.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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Citadel online business programs rank top 50 nationwide https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-online-business-programs-rank-top-50-nationwide/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30429 Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  ]]> Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Robi Lyle

Photo above: Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

The results are in for U.S. News & World Report’s lists of best online programs in the country, and The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business comes in top 50 in two different categories.

The business school’s online MBA program ranked No. 37 in the nation on the list of Best Online MBA Programs, while the online bachelor’s program ranked No. 26 for Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs.  Advertisement

The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  

“It is gratifying to see how our focus on helping students succeed – by providing relevant courses taught by faculty with a combination of industry experiences and outstanding academic credentials – has resulted in so many positive outcomes for the graduates of the Baker School of Business,” said Michael Weeks, dean of the business school, in a statement.  

The rankings also mark an improvement of 51 spots for the online MBA program in just one year, reflective of a time when universities across the country are improving their online education offerings in response to the pandemic.

For Abigail Showalter, an MBA student who plans to graduate from The Citadel in May, the virtual format allows her to accomplish her to-do list on her own timetable.

“I have a pretty set schedule with work, and I’ve learned how to gauge how much time I need to spend studying,” Showalter said in a statement. “The online format definitely makes it flexible to decide where and when you want to study. In some ways, it’s like a remote job.” 

Within the MBA program, The Citadel also emphasizes flexibility of course content.

“Our online MBA offers flexible capstone experiences, designed to directly support interests in executive decision-making, entrepreneurship or consulting skill development,” said Todd Drew, director of MBA and College Transfer Programs, in a statement. “Online students also benefit from a variety of student support and networking experiences, including access to career and professional coaching.” 

The Citadel’s business programs are offered through three departments, including accounting and finance, management and entrepreneurship and marketing, supply chain management and economics

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for best online programs are limited to non-cadet student programs, given that cadets enrolled in the business school attend classes on campus. 

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The Citadel Directors’ Institute to connect business executives with national leaders https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-directors-institute-to-connect-business-executives-with-national-leaders/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 19:24:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30165 CDI is an intense, one-day program designed for directors of corporate boards, and their senior executives, to engage in an active dialogue focused on strategic planning, risk and board governance.]]>

Photo: The Mary Lee and Rick Bastin, ’65, Financial Trading Lab, which is located inside Bastin Hall.

By Maria Aselage, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

The president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Tom Barkin, is set to be the keynote speaker when The Citadel Directors’ Institute (CDI) returns in March after taking a two year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDI is an intense, one-day program designed for directors of corporate boards, and their senior executives, to engage in an active dialogue focused on strategic planning, risk and board governance. The goal is to provide attendees with the knowledge and information necessary to be a board or corporate leader and to help their respective companies succeed.

Sam Glasscock III, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, is the opening speaker for CDI 2022.

Renowned Faculty and Breakout Panels

In addition to hearing from two distinguished speakers, attendees will participate in small breakout sessions led by a notable faculty from across the country, which will cover various topics including:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Banking partnerships
  • Succession planning
  • Risk governance

Networking Opportunities

CDI is different from other programs, in that it provides an intimate setting where participants can interact with nationally recognized experts throughout the day.

“The pandemic has played an enormous role in the ever-changing business environment. CDI will allow corporate directors and senior executives to learn about the latest market trends,” said Michael R. Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. “Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to build relationships that would otherwise not be possible.”

CDI 2022 begins on Thursday, March 24 with an opening reception. The full program will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 25 and conclude at 4:15 p.m. with a closing reception. It is being held at the Francis Marion Hotel, on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.

Directors of public or private companies, as well as board members of regional and community banks, are encouraged to attend. The early registration for CDI 2022 is $495. Beginning on Feb. 25, the cost increases to $595. You can learn more about the program and speakers here. You can register here.

Prospective or registered attendees with questions can contact Vanya Perez at vperez@citadel.edu or at (843) 953-5056.

To learn more about the academic programs offered by the Baker School of Business, click here.

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Alumnus, veteran named Presidential Leadership Scholar https://today.citadel.edu/alumnus-veteran-named-presidential-leadership-scholar/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 16:34:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30088 Headshot of Michael Burris, Citadel Class of 2010Headshot of Michael Burris, Citadel Class of 2010I applied to become a Presidential Leadership Scholar with the hope of working on a project to close the unemployment gap for military spouses and veterans.]]> Headshot of Michael Burris, Citadel Class of 2010Headshot of Michael Burris, Citadel Class of 2010

Baker School of Business ’10 grad among new class of scholars

Note: Michael Burris graduated as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was Delta Company Commander and a member of the Honor Court while at The Citadel and attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After his commissioning, Burris served as a naval officer for seven years working in both conventional and special operations. Upon leaving the Navy, Burris earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. He grew up in Charleston but now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Brooke (also a Charleston native), and their sons Holsten who is two, and Creighton who is three months old. Burris works as Director of Operations for an investment firm.

Michael Burris, The Citadel Class of 2010, with his wife Brooke and sons Holsten (2) and Creighton (3 months), in Raleigh, North Carolina

I applied to become a Presidential Leadership Scholar with the hope of working on a project to close the unemployment gap for military spouses and veterans by bringing them into apartment property management,” explained Burris in an email to The Citadel. “I look forward to developing this concept which will provide a stable career with upward mobility, remote work opportunities and the development of critical skills that can be transferred into other fields.

As I understand it, I am the first alumnus from The Citadel to become a Presidential Leadership Scholar. My intention is to compel others from The Citadel to apply and to hopefully also be selected in the future.

Michael Burris, The Citadel Class of 2010, Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2022

As seen on Presidentialleadershipscholars.org

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program today (Jan. 18, 2022) named the 60 Scholars who will form the program’s seventh annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and create meaningful change in the United States and around the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

The seventh class was selected after a rigorous application and review process. Scholars were chosen based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a critical challenge or need in a community, profession, or organization.

Over the course of several months, Scholars will learn from former presidents, key former administration officials, and leading academics. They will study and put into practice varying approaches to leadership and develop a network of peers who can help them make an impact in their communities. The program kicks off virtually Jan. 18.

The latest class joins an active network of more than 350 Scholars who are applying lessons learned from the program to make a difference in the communities they serve. Examples of these Scholar-led efforts include addressing the opportunity gaps that exist around early childhood education, healthy communities, and entrepreneurship within the Hispanic community; providing employment opportunities and mentorship to veterans; and deploying much needed resources globally in the wake of COVID-19.

Since the program began in 2015, Scholars have consistently reported remarkable growth in skills, responsibilities, and opportunities for impact. For example, 96% of Scholars reported significant growth in their sense of purpose and role since beginning PLS.

2022 Scholars:

  • Tara Abrahams, Head of Impact, The Meteor, New York, NY
  • Sara Allan, Director, Early Learning & Education Pathways, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai, CEO and Founder, Eagle Online Academy, Chantilly, VA
  • Riana Elyse Anderson, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Detroit, MI
  • Liany Arroyo, Director, Department of Health & Human Services, City of Hartford, Hartford, CT
  • Jacqueline Assar, VR/AR Developer Relations Lead, Meta, Sausalito, CA
  • Chethan Bachireddy, Chief Medical Officer, Virginia Medicaid, Henrico, VA
  • Sara Fenske Bahat, Chair, California College of the Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • David Bargueño, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • David Bernstein, Orthopedic Surgery Resident Physician, Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program/ Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Michael Burris, Director of Operations, Cortland, Raleigh, NC
  • Heath Clayton, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, NY
  • Frances Colón, Director, Oboe Mobile Foundation Inc., San Juan, PR
  • Rabia de Latour, Gastroenterologist/Therapeutic Endoscopist; Director of Endoscopy, Bellevue Hospital Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Ian Eishen, Senior Enlisted Leader, CSAF Strategic Studies Group, U.S. Air Force, Fairfax, VA
  • Ntiedo Etuk, Founder and CEO, FitGrid, New York, NY
  • Venu Gupta, President, VGA Consultancy, Chicago, IL
  • Ed Han, Managing Director, Global Investment Bank, BofA Securities Inc., Montauk, NY
  • Donnie Hasseltine, Chief Security Officer, Xenon Partners, Redwood City, CA
  • James Hendon, Commissioner, NYC Department of Veterans’ Services, Bronx, NY
  • Hana Hinkle, Interim Director and Department Head, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Loves Park, IL
  • Rosie Hunter, Psychologist, Xefatura Consulting, McKinney, TX
  • Dan Imbat,  Senior Director Business Development,  Shield AI,  San Diego, CA
  • Corrine Irish, Pro Bono Counsel/Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, New York, NY
  • Jennifer Jacobs, CEO, Connect Our Kids, Falls Church, VA
  • Timothy James, Chairman, The Lenny Zakim Fund & Vice President of North American Consultant Relations, State Street Bank, Ashland, MA
  • Victor Jones, Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • Aamina Awan-Khan, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State, New York, NY
  • Amrit Kirpalani, Founder and CEO, NectarOM, Dallas, TX
  • Wade Lairsen, President, Gen Next Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Tim Latimer, CEO, Fervo Energy, Austin, TX
  • Jin Lee, Director of Digital Health, Astellas Pharma Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Lirui Li, Advisor & Head of Community, Peppercorn.ai, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elisabeth Avila Luevanos, Superintendent, Milano Independent School District, Waco, TX
  • Aila Malik, Founder & Co-Principal, Venture Leadership Consulting, Mountain View, CA
  • Melissa Martinez, Clinical Social Worker, Human Trafficking Response Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York, NY
  • Anna Mason, Managing Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Washington, D.C.
  • M. Yasmina McCarty, CEO and President, New Growth Innovation Network, Miami, FL
  • Marsha Michel, Advisor, Rohingya Refugee Response, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Crystal Moore, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Education, Jackson, MS
  • Kelly Northridge, Managing Partner, Audacity Institute, Reno, NV
  • Brian O’Connor, Principal, Veteran Enhanced Technology Solutions, Granite Bay, CA
  • Justin Owen, CEO, Beacon Center of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • Sabs Quereshi, Director, Global Health Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Anita Ravi, CEO and Co-Founder, PurpLE Health Foundation, New York, NY
  • Benjamin Reynolds, Chief Advanced Practice Officer, UPMC, Edgewood, PA
  • Michelle Richart, Director, Corporate Counsel, Cardinal Group Companies, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Andy Riise, Texas A&M University Program Director, National Security Network, Montgomery, TX
  • Daniel Roby, CEO, Austin Street Center, Dallas, TX
  • Aasim Saeed, CEO and Founder, Amenity Health, Dallas, TX
  • Takudzwa Shumba, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Health Care, Menlo Park, CA
  • Maya Smith, Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation, Lafayette, CA
  • Steven Smith, Client Director, McKinsey & Company, Austin, TX
  • McKenzie Snow, Division Director, New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord, NH
  • Ben Teague, Vice President of Strategic Development, Biltmore Farms LLC, Fletcher, NC
  • Iris Tian, Executive Director of Assessment, Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX
  • Esther Hsu Wang, Co-Founder, IDinsight, Potomac, MD
  • Sacha Williams, Pediatric Surgery Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Ossining, NY
  • Diana Zhang, CEO and Co-Founder, NeighborShare, Westport, CT
  • Lourdes Zuniga, Executive Director, Financial Health Pathways, Pflugerville, TX

About Presidential Leadership Scholars

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program is a partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. To learn more, visit www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org. For updates about the Presidential Leadership Scholars, use #PLScholars and follow @PLSprogram on Twitter and Instagram. 

Michael Burris while serving in the U.S. Navy. Photo provided by Burris.
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Citadel professor interviewed about the continuing supply chain saga https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-interviewed-about-the-continuing-supply-chain-saga/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:39:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29745 Supply Chain Management professor Hee Yoon Kwon, Ph.D., explains how the situation is more of a ‘supply web’ -- or ‘network’ -- problem.]]>

Photo: Hee Yoon Kwon, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics within the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel

From South Carolina Public Radio

Ever since the pandemic started we’ve been hearing about supply chain issues, most famously beginning with the toilet paper shortage. While we have been back in the saddle again (so to speak) as far as toilet paper goes, there are still problems, most notably with microchips. Our next guest says that the situation is less of a ‘supply chain’ problem and more of a ‘supply web’, or ‘network’ problem. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Hee Yoon Kwon, assistant professor of Supply Chain Management at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Click here to listen to the on-air interview.

Click here to learn more about the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel.

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Baker School of Business offers cadets and students entrepreneurial opportunities to win $10,000 https://today.citadel.edu/baker-school-of-business-offers-cadets-and-students-entrepreneurial-opportunities-to-win-10000/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 22:41:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29102 During the spring semester, the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business will host two competitions, each with a the grand prize of $10,000.]]>

During the spring semester, the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business (BSB) will host two competitions — each with a the grand prize of $10,000.

The first is an annual competition in its eighth year: the Baker Business Bowl.

The BBB is a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service, and the desire to turn that idea into a business. It’s open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students.

The second, though, is brand new: the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge.

As seen in Baker Business Blast, the BSB’S newsletter

BSB to host the SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge

Budding entrepreneurs from across the southeast will travel to Charleston next semester for the inaugural SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge. This business pitch competition is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 and will be held in the Bastin Hall Atrium.

Students will participate in two categories: for-profit and not-for-profit. The winning team in each category will win $10,000. You can view the event schedule here.

“This is an opportunity for us to support students and their passion for entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. “We will also have the chance to show off Bastin Hall and our commitment to educating leaders of principle.”

Colleges in the SoCon include:

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • The Citadel
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Furman University
  • Mercer University
  • Samford University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wofford College

For more information about this competition, please contact Shawn Swartwood.

Baker Business Bowl VIII moves into the final round

Presentation ceremony for the Baker Business Bowl VII, in the spring 2021 semester

The eighth annual Baker Business Bowl is now down to the final five teams. They include:

ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting
This company will plan, design, and develop vertiports (a type of airport for aircrafts that land and take off vertically) to accommodate multiple eVTOL designs.

Colonic Tattoo (Glow Ink Solutions)
The team’s goal is to to lower the rate of colon cancer/ lesion misidentification in surgery by using a glowing ink encapsulated in acrylic microspheres which will be injectable into areas of interest in the colon during a colonoscopy.

The Auditory Assistant
This company produces a robotic face that will be paired with robotic arms and hands and will be able to sign American Sign Language. The face is necessary in order to convey emotion.

Trident Jet Nozzle
Team Trident Jet aims to improve the safety of waterjet-powered boats (jet boats and jet skis) by increasing their maneuverability. This will be done by developing an attachment for the jet nozzle that increases the mobility of the vessel.

Wound Closure
This company wants to develop a device that can detect bacteria in a wound to help doctors determine the best way to prevent early on infection. This will save money for hospitals by helping prevent readmits due to infection caused by harmful bacteria.

These five teams moved onto the final round of competition after they, along with five other teams, participated in round 2 of the competition. Also known as the “Elevator Pitch,” this round required each team to present a short overview of their business and then answer questions from a panel of judges.

The BSB would like to thank the judges:

  • Faye Gooding
  • Debby Marindin
  • Robert Bonelli
  • Joe Conti
  • Samy Cuzmar
  • Greg Gordon
  • Colin Griffin
  • Michael Merriken
  • Scott Swartzwelter

The final round of Baker Business Bowl VIII will be the business plan presentation; it is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2022. This is when the finalists will present their full business plan to a panel of blue-ribbon judges.

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Citadel professor interviewed about marketing and supply chain issues https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-interviewed-about-marketing-and-supply-chain-issues/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28808 Mike Switzer interviews Citadel professor Bob Riggle, Ph.D., about marketing headaches for the business community caused by the supply chain.]]>

Note: Robert “Bob” Riggle, Ph.D., (photo above) is the head of the Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics within the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Riggle held sales positions with Naylor Publications and Coca-Cola Enterprises. In addition to his academic duties, he has worked as consultant or subject matter expert in projects for McDonald’s Corporation, Caterpillar, Water Missions International, The Charleston Historic City Market/City Market Preservation Trust, Wal-Mart, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and many additional small business or startup firms.

From South Carolina Public Radio

By now, we’ve all heard about and many of us have experienced the problems caused by supply chain issues. Our next guest says this is also causing marketing headaches for the business community. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Bob Riggle, a marketing professor at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Click here to listen to the on-air interview.

Click here to learn more about the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel.

Mike Switzer, program host
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