Business Honors Sophomores’ D.C. Trip

Posted on 11/27/2017 1:01:16 PM

On October 26–28, 2017, the Sophomore Business Honors Cohort went on their annual Washington, DC leadership trip. This trip gives students the opportunity to meet with various alumni in the DC area, visit historical buildings, explore national monuments, and attend the annual ASC Conference.

Each year, these opportunities allow the students to develop both personally and professionally, thus allowing them to grow closer as a cohort. Leaving this trip, many of the sophomore business honors students felt they grew as a business professional through networking and engaging with the alumni and hosts.

The trip kicked off on Thursday with a visit at the World Bank with Zainab Allawi, a business professional whom the sophomore cohort meets with each year. Zainab enriched the students in the many different aspects of the World Bank. She surprised the students with her background of danger and perseverance to get to where she is today. Later that evening the students had the opportunity to meet with many alumni at an alumni networking event in Tysons, Virginia. Here the students gained insight and advice from the many successful alumni in attendance. Brandon Aguirre, a sophomore cohort leader, stated that the event “provided us with the opportunity to learn about the many different career paths that may come from an IUP degree.” After the networking event, students had free time to explore the area. Some students walked the national mall, while others went to Georgetown, a neighborhood in Washington, DC, to sightsee and visit the shops.

On Friday students had an extremely productive day. The day began with a tour of the CBRE offices with Ryan Miller, an IUP alumnus. Miller spoke about how he used his degree in human resources and business administration from IUP to get into commercial real estate. He also provided students with background of the CBRE Corporation. Following this, Miller took students to tour his client’s office, DXC Technology, which was right next door. Students found it was interesting to learn not only how CBRE operates, but they found it beneficial to also see a client of the organization. Next, the cohort attended the annual ASC Conference, where they listened to Eberly College Dean Robert Camp speak about wage inequality, and afterward enjoyed a delicious meal at the luncheon. The last event of the day was a tour of the Capitol Building, where students learned about the rich history of the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as their roles in the creation of the US government.

The leadership trip came to an end with a group breakfast where students, along with Joseph Rosendale and Kara Romance, shared their experiences on the visit to Washington, DC. Students also gave perspective on what improvements can be made to make next year’s visit for the rising sophomores even better. Overall, the students found the trip to be engaging, insightful, and educational due to the events they participated in. 

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology