The Rawls Business Leadership Program (RBLP) welcomed new and current students to the program for the 2017-2018 Academic Year by hosting a kick-off luncheon in the McCoy Atrium with special guest speaker Dean Margaret Williams on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The luncheon began with students introducing themselves and sharing what they feel is the most beneficial aspect of the RBLP program. Overwhelmingly, students cited having a professional mentor and networking as the greatest advantages of the program, among many others.
"Being able to connect with professional and academic mentors will guide me when making decisions to accomplish my lifelong career goals," Rolando Bernal, RBLP member and freshman management major, said. "If I had gone to any other of the universities I was accepted to, I would be competing to find a professional mentor, an opportunity that I already have being a part of the Rawls Business Leadership Program."
Afterwards, Williams gave a presentation to students about the importance of understanding the aspects of leadership. She shared her personal experience and cited Robert Kaplan's, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, books about leadership.
She also discussed how leaders need to allocate their time wisely, develop an ownership mindset in order to have accountability and, most importantly, how students must recognize that leadership is a strategic activity about accomplishing goals through others.
"My favorite part about Dean Williams' speech was learning about her experiences and that a true leader takes time to think and prepare for the task, instead of going straight to action," Andrea Urias, senior RBLP member and supply chain management major, said.
Williams is one of many guest speakers the program will feature throughout the year to share insights on effective leadership and ways to gain an edge in the competitive, global workforce.
The next RBLP event will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 with special guest speaker T.M. "Roe" Patterson, president and CEO of Basic Energy Services.
The Rawls Business Leadership Program, which was established in Fall 2013, creates a dynamic learning experience designed to provide students with real-world knowledge and experiences to excel in leadership roles. The program focuses on developing "complete students" who possess both a strong academic foundation and real-world experience necessary to be an innovative and ethical leader. The four elements of the program include experiential living and learning opportunities, real-world application, international experience, and interactive personal development with a designated professional mentor. While this program is not an independent major, it is designed to enhance one's learning experience at the Rawls College by providing students the opportunity to participate in action-based leadership activities applicable to all business majors.
For more information about the program, visit the RBLP website or contact Mayukh Dass at firstname.lastname@example.org.