Preparing Graduate Students for a Future Impacted by the Pandemic

"This is a terrific example of the support the advisory board can bring to the program"

On Saturday, October 24th members of the MS in Management & Technology program advisory board, students of the program, alums and industry professionals gathered for the 5th Annual Business Etiquette Workshop.  This year’s workshop was conducted virtually and adapted specifically to prepare students for the post COVID-19 professional landscape.

Previous iterations focused on connecting industry professionals with students in the MSMT program to discuss key issues likely to be faced in a professional working environment. The working seminar provided an opportunity for students to engage with panelists and subject matter experts on topics of recruitment, relationship building, diversity/inclusion and workplace collaboration.

The panelists for this workshop included:

  • Ivan Vega: Senior Programmatic Analyst, Recruitics

  • Jin Sung, Founder and Executive Director, OASIS Center International

  • Marwa Abdeldayem, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

  • Dale Corpus, Residential Realtor, eXp Reality

The workshop began with a panel discussion led by student cohort moderators; Alexia Soria and Elias Smith where each topic was open to the panel for thoughts and perspective, and highlighted by a particular subject matter expert with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. A student breakout session followed allowing for thought exploration and application of knowledge gathered from the session and course work on the topics of recruiting, business relationships, collaboration and diversity.

The experience was not only impactful for the students, but the panelists and advisory board members as well. The combined efforts of all involved, especially the board members, moderators, panelists and most importantly program director, Dr. Noha Elfiky, are a testament to the support and commitment all stakeholders have in making the MS in Management and Technology program successful and preparing students for their future careers.