Business Honors Sophomores’ Trip to Washington, DC

Posted on 11/2/2018 3:22:37 PM

On October 25–27, 2018, the Sophomore Business Honors Cohort traveled to Washington, DC for their leadership trip to visit alumni, attend the annual ASC Conference, and get more exposure into our nation’s capital.

The trip began on Thursday with a visit to Bloomberg BNA with Nick Conforti, a 2017 IUP alumnus from the Business Honors Program. Conforti shared with the students his role within the company as well as the challenges he faced during the transition to a new city in order to start his career. The students then went to Newmark Knight Frank to meet with Ryan Miller, another IUP alumnus. He gave insight into his career as executive vice president and market leader for the Mid-Atlantic region and how his path was not always straight. Miller did not expect to be where he is at now on his first day at IUP, as most alumni find out. The day then ended with students getting the opportunity to network and build relationships with IUP alumni at a networking reception at the City Club of Washington, DC.

On Friday the students started off with the ASC conference, where they were fortunate enough to listen to Dean Robert Camp, of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, speak about democracy. Following the speakers was a luncheon that offered the students with yet another opportunity to speak with professionals. Following this, the students went on a guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery. The remainder of the day was set aside for students to visit museums and sights of their choice.

The leadership trip came to an end with a group breakfast where students, along with Professor Joseph Rosendale and Assistant Dean Kara Romance, shared their experiences on the visit to Washington, DC. Each honors student gave perspective on what improvements can be made to make next year’s visit for rising sophomores even more enriching. Overall, the cohort found the trip to be engaging, beneficial, and educational due to each event that they were able to take apart of.