BLP Visits CDW and Vanguard Offices in Phoenix

Posted: Monday, April 15th 2013 at 4:04 PM

Nine students from the FCB’s Business Leadership Program (BLP), accompanied by director of undergraduate programs Scott Hoefle and CDO program coordinator Michael Goldman, traveled down to Phoenix to visit the CDW and Vanguard offices on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Brittanie Jajdelski, Glenda Chavez, Casandra Larkins, Torrey Westfall, Jennifer Pavlikowski, Taylor Vargecko, Amanda Atkinson, Kurt Lipar, and Samantha Stansbery had the opportunity to talk to professionals about the business field and tour their facilities during this trip.

“I think it went really well,” Hoefle said. “The students had good questions and both companies were very gracious hosts.”

“I found that when I visited the companies I not only learned more about what they do as a corporation, but I also got a feel of what the company community was like,” said Stansbery.

For example, CDW employees were more casually dressed than the workers at Vanguard. The students were able to see other differences in how the two companies were run differently as well as how to be successful in the business career field.

“I learned that, in the work force, your level of success is the outcome of your contributions and dedication to your job,” said Chavez.

Visiting the offices provided these students with a great first-hand experience.

“The best part about the trip was not only gaining knowledge and information about the companies, but I also enjoyed practicing professional etiquette and networking with the companies’ staff,” Stansbery said.

"Having the opportunity to visit the Vangaurd and CDW offices really enforced the concept of hard work," Westfall said. "I have always had this idea of what I want to do and where I want to go in life; however, this trip was a good reminder that you always have to start from the bottom and work your way up, which requires commitment and hard work."

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