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Spring 2019 DoB Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 2

Page 2 DoB Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Engaging the Business Community 3 Inaugural Executive Speaker Series 4 Engaging the Business Community Cont’d 5 LQF Performance Excellence Award 5 Louisiana Women’s Forum 6 Honors in Business 6 Awards Banquet Highlights 7 Highlights 8 or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

Page 3 DoB Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 2 Engaging the Business Community The launching and Press Conference for the Minority Business Enterprise Disaster Readiness Project The Division of Business’ Entrepreneurship Institute received a grant and is in the process of finalizing a sec- ond to build the capacity of small minority owned businesses. The Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce has provided $465,000 to launch the Minority Business Enterprise Disaster Readiness Project (MBEDRP), and JPMorgan Chase, via the New Orleans Business Alliance, is providing $30,000 to provide train- ing for InvestNOLA. These grants go a long way to helping the Division and the Entrepreneurship Institute execute their mission, and they complement the activities of the Division’s award-winning Small Business Development Center. The goal of the MBEDRP is to disseminate pertinent information about obtaining disaster related contracts. Minority owned businesses from Maine to Hawaii to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will be targeted to receive this information. The project will be headed by Mark L. Quinn, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneur- ship at Xavier. “There was $306 billion in clean up contracts in 2017, and this project will help prepare more minority owned businesses to be in position to obtain some of the disaster cleanup work that is likely to occur in the future. We are excited to address this issue with the support of the Minority Business Development Agency” says Mark Quinn, the principal investigator of the project. The MBEDRP website was launched in March. University and govern- ment officials gathered to hear about the project and see a demonstration of the website. The project includes a call center to provide real time support for users of the website. Small business owners are invited and encouraged to register to access the benefits of the MBEDRP at Story continued on page 5 Ms. Barbara Robillard (L), Project Manager gives Dr. Joe Ricks, Chair, engage with Community mem- Community members and XULA Provost, Dr. Ann presentation on newly developed website during. bers and small business owners during the networking McCall( R) pose for a photo during the MBE portion of the launch. launch . or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

Volume 10, Issue 2 DoB Newsletter Page 4 Inaugural Executive Speaker Series The Division of Business launched its Inaugural Executive Speaker Series. The Executive Speaker Series is designed to expose students to senior-level corporate leaders who provide insights into early ca- reer management and inspiration for career possibilities. The idea of the series came from the observa- tion that most students have some idea of their mid- to long-term career goals but they have given little thought to their entry level jobs and the early part of their career. According to Dr. Joe Ricks, chair of the Division of Business, “It’s critical that we help students understand the importance of and equip them for success in their first couple of jobs. How well students perform in the early part of their career goes a long way toward them reaching their long-term career goals.” The inaugural speaker is Ms. Monique Picou. Ms. Picou is currently the senior vice president of Flow for Walmart Inc. where she is responsible for driving the Camp IV Flow program with a primary focus on improving customer availability while lowering supply chain costs through cross-functional collabora- tion and capability building. She has over 20 years of consumer packaged goods and supply chain experi- ence having led multiple segments within Procter & Gamble’s end-to-end supply chain including the su- pervision of 11 production sites with more than 5,000 men and women and supporting more than 4 billion sales across more than 10 different countries. Monique sat on the Board of Directors for United Way and the US Chamber of Commerce, and she is also an enthusiastic and proactive proponent of diversity throughout Walmart and emphasizes the importance o f women in Supply Chain. Ms. Picou touched on a number of important professional and personal issues for young profes- sionals entering the work force. She covered everything from networking and graduate school to the im- portance of personal finance. Her direct yet conversational style kept students intensely engaged during and after her remarks. According to Kerry Morgan, a senior Sales and Marketing major “I gained immense knowledge from hearing Mrs. Picou speak. Her words and message resonated with me as I graduate and move forward with the next step in my life.” Ms. Monique Picou , Senior Vice President of Flow for Dr. Joe Ricks, Chair of the Division of Business presenting Walmart Inc. addresses an audience of engaged students Ms. Picou with a plaque in appreciation for her presentation. regarding career success. or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

Page 5 DoB Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 2 Engaging the Business Community Cont’d InvestNOLA is an initiative of JPMorgan Chase and its Ascend 2020 Professor Mark Quinn, XULA, attends ASCEND Program. Its goal is to grow more minority owned businesses in select mar- 2020 conference in Oakland CA. kets around the country. New Orleans is one of the markets to which Ascend is expanding. We are partnering with the New Orleans Business Alliance and Tulane University to provide a variety of services. Xavier and Tulane will col- laborate to offer management education to participating entrepreneurs that will prepare them to scale their businesses. Other components of Invest- NOLA are businesses that purchase goods and services from small businesses and financial institutions that will provide the capital that is required to grow. According to Joe Ricks, Chair of the Division of Business at Xavier Uni- versity, “These projects are examples of our commitment to socially responsi- ble business leadership and supporting entrepreneurs. In a country as diverse as the United States it is critical to do all we can to ensure that everyone has opportunities to participate in the economy.” Information on these projects is available by calling 504.520.7505 or via email at [email protected]. Professor Mark Quinn engages with other attendees during conference. LQF Performance Excellence Award The Division of Business is excited to announce that we have been awarded the Louisiana Quality Founda- tion's (LQF) highest award, the Level 3 Louisiana Performance Excellence Award (LPEA) based on an evaluation of our proven effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, integrated processes and tracked results. The award is the result of the commitment-to-improvement philosophy the Division bought into almost a decade ago. Following ACBSP reaffirmation in 2013, the Division laid out a plan to submit to other external evaluations during the ten years before our ACBSP self-study year 2022. In this plan the Division decided to submit an LPEA appli- cation in 2013 and 2018. In 2013 the division received a Level 2 award. After receiving critical feedback and imple- menting improvements to Division systems and processes, the 2018 application netted the level 3 award. According to Dr. Joe Ricks, chair of the Division of Business, “Going through this process challenged us to take a critical look at ourselves and get better the same way we challenge our students. This award is evidence that we practice what we teach.” The LPEA is a statewide award recognizing quality leadership in education, government, manufacturing, ser- vice industries, health care and non-profit organizations. The purpose of the LPEA program is to promote quality and performance excellence awareness and practices in Louisiana and recognize the quality achievements of Louisiana organizations. The award criteria are based on the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and is organized and administered by the LQF. The Malcolm Baldrige Quality Criteria is an internationally recognized standard for perfor- mance excellence administered by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is based at and managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The division will receive the award at a ceremony on May 21, 2019 at the Louisiana Governor's Mansion. or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

Volume 10, Issue 2 DoB Newsletter Page 6 Louisiana Women’s Forum Top female students from the Xavier Division of Busi- Student engages in the 3 minute speed network- ness networked with members of the Louisiana Women’s Fo- ing round with a table of mentors. rum as well as fellow future women leaders from Tulane Uni- versity and Loyola University New Orleans at the Mentor Mixer Students share experiences of internships and at Xavier Feb. 8 Around 20 presidents, CEOS, directors, part- student life with each other and their mentors ners, owners and publishers in industries ranging from finance to the arts did a speed networking rotation with selected stu- during the 3 minute networking rounds. dents from the three universities followed by a dinner spon- sored by the LWF where the women had a chance to connect at a deeper level with those who particularly shared their inter- ests. The Louisiana Women’s Forum is a chapter of the Interna- tional Women’s Forum, founded in 1979 as an invitation-only membership group. “We really appreciate that the LWF took the initiative to reach out to our students. As faculty coordinators we tend to focus on this as a wonderful opportunity for our students to be guided by these women, but every year the mentors tell us they are so inspired by this time with our students,” said Prof. Aman- da Helm, part of the coordinating team for the event. “It’s ex- citing to see our best and brightest students through the eyes of these highly accomplished women. They’re inspired not only by the achievements and ambition of our students but by how much more young women dare to reach for today.” Honors in Business The Division of Business says CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 graduates that qualified for Honors in Business. In order to meet the requirements for Honors in Business majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, and have a 3.5 GPA in their major courses. For minors, they too must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3, and have a 3.5 GPA in their business-related minor courses. This year Honors in Business graduates are Accounting majors Alaina McClue, Mikayla Bates, Aaliyah Young, Janelle Jones, Cydney Stevenson, and Maya Suell; Business Administration minors Helena Barber and Gabriel Niculescu; and Entrepreneurship minor Jaleese Johnson. or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

Page 7 DoB Newsletter Volume 10, Issue 2 Banquet Highlights or Follow us on twitter: @XULA_DOB #XULABusiness

More highlights from the Division of Business inaugural Executive Speaker Series where Ms. Picou engaged a room of 70 Business students on her career path and what it took to get there. This is the first of many more intriguing conversation with Business executives as we Prepare Socially Responsible Business Leaders. More highlights from our Annual Awards Banquet with Keynote speaker Giselle Battley’02 (far left picture) as she gave a packed house of parents, students, and administrators insightful advise and encouraging words as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Follow us on Social Media : Twitter: @XULA_DOB Instagram: xulabusiness, LinkedIn group: Xavier University of Louisiana Di- vision of Business and our Facebook group: Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Business For more information on programs offered by the Division of Business contact us at: [email protected] 504-520-7505 Building 40 (Xavier South) room 325

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