Grace College Students Plan Second Annual CEO Forum

Pictured from left to right (front row): Hannah Clemmons, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller. Pictured left to right (back row): Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianna Sobey.

On Tuesday, April 29, Grace College business students will have the unique opportunity to showcase the results of many hours of dedicated work at the second annual CEO Forum, “Developing Leaders in your Company,” held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, the forum is entirely planned and executed by Grace College business students Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianne Sobey, Hannah Clemmons, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller; all of whom volunteered to plan and oversee the entire event.

“These kids have been working on this since last fall – they have overseen every detail of the entire process,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute. “Everything from processing invitation lists, bulk mailing over 1,000 invitations, securing a postage permit, designing and printing the program, and planning the breakfast — and that’s just the beginning. They are already working on the next CEO Forum to be held this coming November…they are really putting in a lot of work.”

Garnering over 300 guests last year, the forum is an opportunity for area business professionals to hear from some of the top CEOs from around the country as they present strategies and tactics for developing leaders within a company. This year’s special guests will include keynote speaker Mike Kubacki, former CEO of Lake City Bank, and moderator Pat Miller, WOWO’s political analyst. The panelists are John Tucker, co-president of Maple Leaf Farms; Mark Tarner, president of the South Bend Chocolate Company; Peggy Taylor, global senior vice president of Biomet, Inc.; Randy Lakes, CEO of Old Castle Materials; and David Findlay, CEO of Lake City Bank.

“It’s such a tremendous opportunity for business students to plan a major event like the CEO Forum,” said Grossnickle. “They’re making this whole thing happen and gaining many skills they can use in real life someday.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and for the Grace business program,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace. “Overseeing an event of this magnitude is an opportunity many college students don’t have. I’m proud of our students for taking up this challenge; it will serve not only to enhance their own future careers, but also to pioneer the way for future business students to have such opportunities.”

Businesses and organizations interested in attending can visit http://www.grace.edu/ceo-forum to register.  Call Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or email marsha.yocum@grace.edu with questions. RSVP on or before April 25.

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