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Spring 2024 Ignite Schedule

DateTimeTitleDescriptionContactLocation
1/24/2024
Wednesday
4:30-6PMGamma Iota Sigma Open HouseCome learn about the premier Risk Management & Insurance Professional Fraternity! We will cover membership, upcoming travel, and provide dinner.Gamma Iota SigmaBAS N 127
1/25/2024
Thursday
2:30 – 3:30 PMLinkedIn ChecklistLinkedIn ChecklistLinkedIn serves as a powerful storefront window in the town square of business. It allows you to connect with prospects, partners, and provide valuable insights to the community. Join us for a session where we will review the LinkedIn profile checklist and learn best practices for leveraging the platform to grow your professional career.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingSunTrust Room
1/25/2024
Thursday
4:30-5:30 PMCareer Prep: Using Research Skills to Solve ProblemsResearch skills are essential in the workplace for solving problems and making decisions. We will review research fundamentals and the tools commonly used in organizations in a fun, engaging way. Participants will be encouraged to submit their course research projects to the ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference being held at MTSU May 29-June 1, 2024.Sam Zaza and Kristie AbstonBAS S277
2/1/2024
Thursday
11:15-11:45AM“Wait, we have a Career Development Center?”Introduction and Q&A with a member of the MTSU Career Advising team. Learn about the free services for all students and alumni including job search strategy coaching, career exploration, networking, interview prep, and resume/cover letter/grad school application assistance! Presented by the Career Development Center.Victoria SextonZoom
2/6/2024
Tuesday
2:30 – 3:30 PMHow to Write an Elevator PitchEvery student needs an elevator pitch. It answers the recruiter’s question, “tell me about yourself.” in a short, concise statement that summarizes who you are, what you do, and why someone should be interested in what you have to offer. The goal is to be interesting enough to earn a follow-up meeting.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingSunTrust Room
2/6/2024
Tuesday
4:30-5:30 PMResume Workshop – Part 1Have you prepared your marketing materials for post-graduation interviews? Getting ready for the BEST Career Fair? Discover some strategies at this Resume Workshop – Part 1 that will help you create a stronger Branding Statement, include relevant items in your Resume Header, and identify Notable items as your talking points.Jean WilsonBAS S264
2/6/2024
Tuesday
4:30 – 5:30 PMBudgeting for Achieving Financial Goals and the Importance of Financial GoalsLearn more about setting financial goals and why it is important to think about these goals early in your life and career. Presented by Racheal Bollmeyer and Jay Jackson from First Horizon.Host: Dr. Jill AustinBAS S277
2/7/2024
Wednesday
1 PMTaneka OsborneTaneka Osborne from Trexis to speak about Diversity and Inclusion within the Risk Management & Insurance fieldGamma Iota Sigma, gammais@mtsu.eduBAS S326 SunTrust
2/8/2024
Thursday
9:40-11:00 AMThe Myth of the Robber Barrons by Dr. Burt FolsomDr. Burt Folsom, a professor emeritus from Hillsdale College, will give a presentation on his book, “The Myth of the Robber Barrons.” The book describes the role of key entrepreneurs in the economic growth of the United States from 1850 to 1910, including Rockefeller, Mellon, Schwab, and Scranton.Daniel J. SmithTennessee Ballroom
2/8/2024
Thursday
11 AM-12:30 PMPracticing Your Pitch! WorkshopStudents will develop and practice their elevator pitch in this fun, participatory workshop as well as visit the Career Closet for FREE professional clothing. Students may also use the headshot selfie-station for a professional-looking photo to use on LinkedIn! In collaboration with the Communication Studies Dept. Register on Handshake in advance or simply show up!Holly AllenKUC 324
2/13/2024Tuesday5:00 PMMeet Jinglin Li, CFA, MSFThe Financial Management Association (FMA) hosts MTSU Alumn Jinglin Li, CFA, VP of Financial Planning & Analysis at Episode Solutions. Join us for networking & learning what it takes to succeed in the financial world. mtsufma1@gmail.comBAS N127
2/15/2024
Thursday
1:00 – 2:00 PM oror 4:30-5:30 PMM&L Connect Are you a transfer student majoring in Management and Leadership, Business Administration, or Human Resource Management? Come join professors at M&L Connect for cocoa and cookies as we get to know each other while discovering the programs, certifications, competitions, and activities available.Jean WilsonBAS North Lobby
2/15/2024
Thursday
4:30 PMFinance Executive Social MixerJoin The Blue Raider Finance Network on February 15th at 4:30PM for a finance social mixer. All current students are welcome to come together with executives and alumni for an evening of networking, socializing, and creating meaningful connections. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with accomplished professionals and fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere!Natalie HagoodN127
2/20/2024
Tuesday
11:30AM-12:30PM& 1:00-2:00 PMWho do you Want to Work for?Learn how to utilize Handshake for job searching and use library software to find specific market and company information in your career field! Presented by the Career Development Center and Walker Library faculty.Ginelle BaskinLIB 264A & Zoom11:30 Link1:00 Link
2/20/2024
Tuesday
2:30-3:30 PMIntroduction into CRM (Customer Relationship Management) softwareLearn about Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software to understand how businesses manage and analyze customer interactions and data. This knowledge is valuable for various roles, especially in sales, marketing, and customer service, helping students develop skills crucial for modern business environments.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingBAS S137F
3/12/2024
Tuesday
4:30 – 5:30 pmUnderstanding CreditUnderstanding the basics of what goes into calculating your credit score, why that is important, and how to boost your score. Presented by Racheal Bollmeyer and Jay Jackson from First Horizon.Host: Dr. Jill AustinBAS S277
3/14/2024
Thursday
8:00-9:15AMMorning Networking EventThis Hands-on event will teach you the skills and strategies to prepare for, attend, and follow up on a networking event. You will also have the opportunity to interact with professionals who can share their insights and experiences.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingSunTrust Room
3/14/2024
Thursday
4:30-5:30pmPrepare to put your BEST foot forward!Strategize to effectively market yourself at the BEST Career and Internship event. Presented by JCB Faculty, Jean Wilson, and Beka Crocket of the Career Development Center.Beka CrocketZoom
3/19/2024
Tuesday
4:30-5:30 PMResume Workshop – Part 2You won’t want to miss Resume Workshop – Part 2 as we continue to prepare our resumes for post-graduation interviews and/or the BEST Career Fair. Discover what is important to include in the Education section and how to sell yourself as you include results you obtained versus duties you performed in your Experience and Volunteer sections of your resume.Jean WilsonBAS S264
3/19/2024
Tuesday
select your 5-minute time slot.The Pitch – powered by JacksonMTSU’s premier elevator pitch competition is held in the Mel Adams Sales Lab. Each student will have five minutes to give their 30 to 90-second elevator pitch with feedback from our judges. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and the top three cash prizes. $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingHandshake
3/21/2024
Thursday
5:30 – 8PMBusiness Etiquette DinnerThis exclusive event will give you the opportunity to mingle with successful professionals and get valuable tips on how to behave in a formal setting. Don’t miss this chance to boost your career and make lasting connections over a delicious meal.  Reservations Required by clicking here.Thom Coats – Center for Professional SellingMiller Education Center Atrium
3/26/2024
Tuesday
10:00AM – 2:00PMBEST Career FairBEST Career Fair. Professional attire and resume are required for entry. Meet with employers seeking College of Business majors. Click here to see companies participatingJean WilsonStudent Union Ballroom
3/28/2024
Thursday
4:30 PMFinancial Recruiting EventJoin The Blue Raider Finance Network on March 28th at 4:30PM for an interactive round table recruiter session! You’ll have the ability to ask questions, share insights, and engage in meaningful conversations with local recruiters!Natalie HagoodSunTrust RoomBAS S326
4/1/2024Monday4:45-5:45 PMCertified Financial Planner (CFP)  Panel DiscussionLearn about the certified financial planner (CFP) professional designation from a panel of professional financial planners who have earned it. They will describe how they prepared for the examination and how they use this professional certification in their career.Keith Gamble BAS S328
4/3/2024Wednesday4PM-5PMAI Tools for Financial DecisionsThis workshop will give you hands on experience using new artificial intelligence (AI) based tools for making financial decisions. We will explore several use cases. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these new tools as well as recent Tennessee legislation regarding AI.Keith GambleBAS S324
4/3/2024
Wednesday
12:00-12:30 PM“Wait, we have a Career Development Center?”Introduction and Q&A with a member of the MTSU Career Advising team. Learn about the free services for all students and alumni including job search strategy coaching, career exploration, networking, interview prep, and resume/cover letter/grad school application assistance! Presented by the Career Development Center.Ayla HendricksonZoom
4/8/2024
Monday
2:20 PM to 3:45 PMCryptocurrency BasicsAre you curious about cryptocurrency – what it is – what it is not? Spend some time with Ms. Rachel Carden – Director of Investor Education for the Securities Division of the state of Tennessee and learn cryptocurrency basics. If there is enough interest, we will schedule a more advanced workshop!Maria Edlin King – JCOB Economic EducationBAS N127
4/10/24Wednesday4:30 PM-5:30 PMMichael “Bootcamp” Thomas– Financial Literacy Month KeynoteMichael “Bootcamp” Thomas, a former U.S. Army veteran and retired battalion chief, emerged from poverty, drugs, and violence to achieve success. In his book, “Financial Literacy Boot Camp for Teens and Young Adults,” he shares his inspiring story and offers a practical plan for success through determination, hard work, and a commitment to service.Maria Edlin KingJUB Tennessee Room
4/11/2024
Thursday
9AM-4 PMMTSU MidSouth Supply Chain SummitAnnual Supply Chain SummitDr. Richard TarpeyTBD
4/12/2024
Friday
11:00 AM-12:00 PMNavigating International Careers: A Guide to Relocation PackagesExplore diverse international career paths within the corporate world, covering short and long-term assignments, permanent moves, and essential relocation benefits to consider before accepting a position abroad. Engage in a Q&A with Sharon Hillennaar, a seasoned global mobility consultant with firsthand experience relocating to Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia.Emily McAnally Zoom
4/12/2024
Friday
12:00 PM-1:00 PMHR Without Borders: The World of Global Mobility and RelocationLearn how an HR major can lead to a dynamic career working remotely with people from all over the world from the comfort of your home. Uncover the growing field of global mobility and relocation and get tips on navigating this unique career path. Gain insights into top companies and hear personal stories from professionals who stumbled upon this rewarding field.Emily McAnally Zoom
4/16/2024
Tuesday
4:30 – 5:30 PMM&L ConnectM&L Connect, “Food for Your Thoughts,” an event exclusively for Juniors and Seniors majoring in Management and Leadership, Management, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Join professors at M&L Connect for pizza and share your thoughts and ideas on ways to serve your educational needs while innovating our majors for these exciting times.Jean WilsonBAS S307
4/17/2024
Wednesday
3:00-4:00PMJob Searching 101 & a Recruiter’s PerspectiveWhether you are still looking for a job for after you graduate or know you will need one in the future; this event is for you! Hear directly from the Career Development Center and local recruiters about how to strategically land that job. Presented by the Career Development Center.Jennie BryanZoom
4/23/2024
Tuesday
4:30 – 5:30 PMGetting More Bang for Your BuckLearn how to make your money work better for you through good spending decisions. Presented by Racheal Bollmeyer and Jay Jackson from First Horizon.Host: Dr. Jill AustinBAS S277

Many thanks to our IGNITE sponsor