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Partners in Success: Global Leadership Council

Message from GLC Chair Nicole Staudinger

GLC Chair Nicole StaudingerAs the chair of the Global Leadership Council, I’m pleased to share a few highlights from the past year. The GLC is an advisory board composed of some of the brightest minds in industry who work with Dean Beth Walker to help the College achieve its mission of  strongly with me – it’s not only the driving force behind my work with the College, it’s also an essential part of my work as president of the Northern Colorado Market of FirstBank, where our motto is “banking for good.”

This alignment of values is what drew me and the rest of our members to serve on the GLC. Our members – all top executives in their fields – believe strongly in the College’s mission and are committed to using their expertise to help students unite purpose and profit. We are involved in scores of initiatives at the College, from mentoring students to sponsoring program scholarships to speaking at key events.

The programs and events on these pages are just a few examples of the ways GLC members positively impact the College of Business and its community. As the College, the country, and the world continue to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I am especially grateful to our GLC members – and the Biz Ram community – for doing everything they can to stop the spread of this disease. Moving services online, staying home, making financial contributions to businesses and nonprofit organizations struggling during this time, and offering one another a helping hand show the inherent strength of our communities.

Thank you for all you do to keep our Biz Ram community safe and supported!

Mentoring Sutdents

Mentoring for Success

The GLC was highly involved in launching the new Professional Mentoring Program, which partners seasoned business leaders with College of Business juniors and seniors. GLC members Bob Hottman, Gary Howard, Wendy McCray- Benoit, Michael Mooney, Wynne Odell, Nicole Staudinger, Bob Weber, John Weber, and Jim Zafarana volunteered their time and expertise to this important program.

Nancy Chisholm

Inspiring the Next Generation of Business Leaders

For our students, learning from leaders who have already “been there” inspires them to continually achieve their best and persevere in the face of challenges. GLC members Nancy Chisholm, the former president of Tyco Retail Solutions, and Horst Meima, president and COO of VW Credit Inc., were keynote speakers at Business Day 2019, where they shared their insights on international business. Lisa Hackard, audit partner at KPMG, shared the challenges and successes she experienced as a first-generation student at the 2019 Building Bridges Dinner celebrating firstgeneration accomplishments. Bob Hottman, partner at Plante Moran, inspired our newest alumni to make a difference in the world at the Spring 2019 commencement ceremony.

Global Business Academy

Engaging High School Students

Last summer’s Global Business Academy hosted more than 50 high school students from around the world on campus. The Academy is the brainchild of GLC member Gary Howard, former COO and executive vice president and director of Liberty Media Corporation, and Dean Walker. The highly experiential format exposes students to a wide range of business concepts, from entrepreneurship to personal finance, and increases access to business education for students from all walks of life.

Thank you to all the GLC members who supported this once-in-a-lifetime experience for Academy students.

Nancy Chisholm

Championing Diversity and Inclusion

GLC member Arthur Valdez (B.S.B.A., ’92), executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer at Target Corporation, spoke at CSU’s Diversity Symposium and then shared his perspective in a new interdisciplinary design-thinking course. Valdez discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in business and then evaluated plans from students in the design-thinking course for a new small-format Target store.



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