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2017: Inspired Leadership, Overcoming Conflict


Guest Speakers Throughout the Week

Guest speakers will be joining McCoy College classes throughout the week to share their leadership experience and enlighten the Texas State community on what the Business Leadership Week theme, "Inspired Leadership, Overcoming Conflict", means to them and their business. The theme for the 2017 Business Leadership Week was chosen to reflect the University's Common Experience theme, "A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917." Speakers from all areas of business will be here to share their perspective. Be sure to check out who is coming!

Jonathan Silk

Keynote: Developing Leaders for a Complex World

Monday, February 13, 11 am - 12:20 pm, McCoy Hall 119

Jonathan Silk, Executive Director of Leadership Development, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Executive Director of the UNTHSC Leadership Institute

Sustainability Panel

Monday, February 13, 12:30 – 1:50 pm, McCoy Hall 126


Melissa Bouilly, Social and Environmental Responsbility, Dell


Paula Ivey, President & Founder, The CSR Group, LLC


Justin Murrill, Sr. Manager of Corporate Sustainability, AMD


AMA Business Etiquette Dinner

Monday, February 13, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, J.C. Kellam, Reed Parr Room, 11th Floor

Kevin Gilley will present the 19th Annual Professional Etiquette Dinner. Gilley has over 25 years of hospitality experience as well as a degree in the hospitality industry.

Open to all Texas State Students. Dress is Business Professional.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 on Eventbrite or in McCoy Hall 424. Limited tickets are available.


Studies in Entrepreneurship: Insights in Entrepreneurial Endeavors: Brand Management, Sales Operations and Field Sales

Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 am - 10:50 pm, McCoy Hall 119

Scott Emerson, Founder, Chairman & CEO, The Emerson Group and its subsidiaries, Emerson Healthcare and Emerson Marketing


Interactive Fair

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 14 and 15, 10 am – 2 pm, Wells Fargo Atrium, McCoy Hall, 1st Floor

Join JCPenney for an interactive take on head to toe professional styling! Receive personal styling tips from Sage Onderdonk, JCPenney Sr. Style Director, and professional hair and makeup consultations from SEPHORA Inside JCPenney and The Salon by InStyle. Then connect directly with JCPenney Talent Acquisition professionals for advice on how to navigate career fairs and job interviews or get your resume reviewed prior to attending the McCoy College Business Expo career fair.

JCPenney will also be looking at top talent for their Finance, Merchandise Planning & Allocation, and Store Management internships, and Management Trainee programs.

Leadership Panel

Tuesday, February 14, 11 am – 12:20 pm,  McCoy Hall 233

A panel of professionals from various backgrounds will share their leadership experience and perspective on the theme Inspired Leadership, Overcoming Conflict.


Arellano Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager, City of Austin, Texas
McDermott Koy McDermott, Leaders Inspire Leaders, LLC
Amberly Russell Amberly Russell, Fundraising and Development Consultant, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas

Alumni Panel

Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 - 1:50 pm, McCoy Hall 119

A panel of McCoy College of Business Administration alumni will discuss their experience and perspective on business leadership. Each panelist will have 5 minutes to talk about themselves and their current job, 25 minutes of structured Q&A from a set of pre-determined questions, and 25-30 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

Panelists include

  • Kelly Swart, Sales Analyst, CBRE
  • Chris Wojtewicz, Management Analyst, Texas Army National Guard
  • Johnathan Wojtewicz, Co-founder, Bunker Labs


Distinguished Lecture: Conflict Resolution: Understanding Your Role as a Leader

Wednesday, February 15, 2 - 3:20 pm, McCoy Hall 233

Jeff Haynes, Colonel, USMC (retired)

Bloomberg Businessweek Mini-Case Competition

Thursday, February 16,  12:30 - 1:50 pm McCoy Hall 126

Teams from McCoy College student organizations will be given a week to prepare a response to Bloomberg Businessweek article: Recovering U.S. Economy Helps Veterans Find Jobs. Join us for the competition and to support your fellow students! 

A special thank you to Bloomberg Businessweek, sponsor of the Bloomberg Businessweek Mini-Case Competition, for their generous support of Business Leadership Week 2017.


  • Brian McKay, Assistant Director, Facilities Operations, Texas State
  • Jason Mock, President, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
  • Milt Nielsen, Special Assistant to the VP of  Information Technology, Texas State