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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

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