Kanti Shrestha '07, of Kathmandu, Nepal, recently completed a program at
Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, that introduces business concepts
to undergradute students who are from groups underrepresented in the corporate world.
Shrestha, an economics and sociology major at St. Lawrence, was one of 30
students from 18 colleges who participated in the program, called "It's All About
Business," offered jointly by Wake Forest's Babcock Graduate School of Management
and the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.
The Wake Forest business schools annually host rising seniors from underrepresented
groups for a three-week program designed to prepare students for the transition
from college to the business environment. Students with diverse backgrounds,
culturally and educationally, assembled on the Wake Forest campus for the
opportunity to develop business skills and study in an intense, challenging and
personalized learning environment.
Classroom activities in the program focus on giving students broad exposure to
nine areas of business. Through classes on finance, accounting and quantitative
methods, students were presented with the basic formulas and analytical techniques
needed to be literate in certain aspects of business. To complement this quantitative
education, students were further exposed to aspects of entrepreneurship, information
technology, organizational behavior, operations, marketing and strategy to gain an
understanding of how businesses are constructed and how business leaders make decisions.
The students also took field trips to major corporations in the area, including
Dell, and spent half a day at the Center for Creative Leadership. The program exposes
students to core concepts that may spark their interest in pursuing an MBA or
complement their past coursework to make them more marketable to corporations.
"It's All About Business" classes are taught by Wake Forest University faculty
and included case analyses, lectures, and industry and career opportunity experts.
Full scholarships were provided and include tuition, fees, and room and board.
More information: A profile of Kanti Shrestha '07
Posted: July 12, 2006