March 28, 2017
In his 11th year of chairing Business Week, Duke Energy/Gordon Hurlbert Professor of Operations Management Drew Rosen says the event was one of the deciding factors that brought him to UNCW.
“Hosting an event like this showed me right away that the Cameron School of Business understood the importance of the applied nature of business education as well as the importance of bringing the business community into the classroom,” he said.
Now in its 35th year, Business Week has grown from 20 speakers to 150, thanks to support from faculty, staff, alumni and generous sponsors.
“This year, approximately 60 percent of our speakers are CSB alumni,” said Rosen. “This unique Cameron tradition has endured as a transformative event linking the campus to the business community, all for the benefit of our current students.”
CSB will welcome Judy Girard, former HGTV & Food Network president and vice chairwoman of Young Women Leading Inc., and Doug Labda, founder and CEO of Lending Tree.com, as the 2017 keynote speakers.
“That we can attract national and international leaders illustrates the esteem of the event,” said Rosen. “We can contact the president of General Motors to be a keynote and he readily accepts, saying he would love to come to UNCW, and he did (twice)!”
In addition to Business Week, Rosen serves as the CSB country liaison to France and runs a large summer school study abroad initiative at UNCW, taking 50 students to France for four weeks each year. No matter the location of the classroom or the boardroom, Rosen’s dedication to UNCW and CSB is evident.
This past fall, Rosen was the recipient of a UNCW Global Citizenship Award, which honors those who use their teaching, research and service to foster global engagement, a key goal of the university’s Strategic Plan.
In addition to teaching operation management courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, he teaches a Project Management Certificate course through UNCW’s Swain Center, the only face-to-face, 35-hour program of its kind in Southeastern NC.
-- Caroline Cropp