Etiquette Dinner with Liz Moore

On February 24, 2016, our group experienced one of our favorite events of the year – the Etiquette Dinner! Facilitated by College of Business staff and instructor Liz Moore, this night was full of valuable and practical experience around the dining table.

Beginning with a period of networking, students and career coaches alike learned how to juggle jackets, purses, business cards, water glasses, and appetizers. Once seated, the group enjoyed a four course meal including a salad, intermezzo (palate cleanser), entree, and dessert. Not only was it delicious but it was educational, too!

Thank you to Liz for her expert instruction – not matter the stage of our career, we all walked with something new to integrated into our next professional meal!

Area Business Tour – Cherwell Software

We are thankful to have an another opportunity to tour this local company that is taking the software industry by storm! Cherwell Software, headquartered in Colorado Springs but with other locations in Denver, Seattle, Germany, Australia, and other locations, is close to celebrating their 10 year anniversary. There are an innovative company that has experienced exponential growth year-after-year, which has been mostly good but not without growing pains.

They have an engaging summer internship program for college students, which one of our students completed two summers ago! This isn’t an internship where you just run and get coffee and donuts for the boss; it’s real world experience that is a resume builder!

Thank you to everyone at Cherwell who welcomed us, gave us insight into your culture and hiring process, and fed us lunch – we are so appreciative! (This tour happened on Friday, January 29, 2016.)

Area Business Tour – Epicentral Coworking

We love to introduce students to local entrepreneurs, and what better way to do that than at Epicentral! Our third time visiting this unique coworking space located in downtown Colorado Springs was full of inspiring stories and challenging lessons.

Five entrepreneurs – Nick Lee (lecturer and co-founder, Lee Spirits), Allison Daniel (photographer and owner, Stellar Propeller Studios), Josiah Seaman (lead developer, New Line Technical Innovations), JL Fields (vegan author, advocate, and coach), and Lisa Tessarowitz (owner, Epicentral Coworking) shared their passions and how they got to be where they are today.

Big takeaways:

  • When you follow your passion, the money will come.
  • Every successful person has had someone in their life recognize their potential, encourage them to be better, and  mentor them in some capacity.
  • Don’t limit yourself to pursuing one thing – you can have several professional pursuits throughout your life or even at the same time!
  • If you’re not being groomed for your boss’ position (or you don’t even want your boss’ position), it might be time to quit and do something new.

Students, we know that some of you will become entrepreneurs (or are already!), and we are excited to see how you change our business landscape for the better.

Individual Portraits – 2015/2016 Class

Just two weeks ago, we officially kicked off our 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program with these 21 smiling students! We are excited to embark on a new journey with them as they are mentored by a local alum or community member now through next April.

Now Accepting Applications

Considering applying to be a part of the 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program and want to know if it’s worth it? Don’t take our word on it…listen to these students who completed our most recent program! To apply, visit http://www.uccs.edu/careercoach. Applications for Career Coaches are due Friday, August 28, and applications for students are due Friday, September 11.

Mentor Recruit Email Alexa Testimonial Mentor Recruit Email Alexander Testimonial Mentor Recruit Email Chase Testimonial Mentor Recruit Email Ian Testimonial Mentor Recruit Email Mark Testimonial

CCP Student as Luncheon Speaker

We were proud to have graduating senior and Career Coaching Program student participant, Mark Thurber, speak on behalf of the program during the 7th annual Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award Luncheon on Friday, May 8. Mark, who received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Human Resource Management last week, spoke to a crowd of nearly 450 business owners and community leaders about the importance of mentorship and giving back to your community and local university. His career coach, Heather Harvey, was also in attendance. Mark also shared the great news that he had recently accepted a new professional job, which he claims he would not have known about except through the program. These are exactly the kind of results we hope for!

Mark played a role in an overall program that featured the accomplishments and career achievements of local entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Jon and Becky Medved. The luncheon is a fundraiser for the UCCS College of Business alumni programs to include its Career Coaching Program, which alone will receive $5,000 from the event proceeds.

Final Event – Dinner with Alumnus, Eli Bremer

We wrapped up our 2014/2015 program on Monday, April 27 with a fantastic evening with alumnus and Olympic athlete, Eli Bremer. The students and coaches shared with one another how they’ve grown and developed over the past several months – it was inspiring! Each student was presented with a certificate of completion signed by Dean Venkat Reddy, and each coach was given a small gift, a key chain that said “leading by example.” Eli rounded out the evening by sharing his personal story of triumphs and troubles within the sports and entrepreneurial worlds. He stressed how we should seek to be surrounded by intelligent people and to use your network to connect people in order to solve problems. He also admitted that entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart of risk-adverse, but it can be hugely rewarding with some hard work!

Cheers to the students who completed this most recent program, and we wish you every success as you go on to bigger and better things in your lives and careers!

If you are interested in finding out information about the 2015/2016 program including how to apply, please contact Director of Business Alumni Relations, Samantha Wood.