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At the undergraduate Open House, held Saturday October 20th,  Brown School of Business and Leadership faculty, current students, and administration greeted prospective students and shared information about academic majors, career opportunities, campus life, and more.

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On Wednesday April 18th, Stevenson University Business Administration major Iliyan Slavov of Kazanlak, Bulgaria was awarded the Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in Business at an award reception at Rockland Center on the Owings Mills campus.

This scholarship is awarded to an exceptional senior student in the Brown School of Business and Leadership who demonstrates strong ethical grounding and a work ethic resulting in academic and personal success.

On moving from Bulgaria to Maryland to attend Stevenson University, Iliyan said “Diving into a whole new world helped me understand mine better and set new goals. New goals that are formed based on my background, interests, and the education I am getting here at Stevenson University.” In addition to the Dell Scholarship, Iliyan is also a member of the Stevenson University School of Business and Leadership team that placed second in the Weinman Cup competition at Towson University on April 13 2018.

“I believe that if you do not understand the culture you will fail to adapt. So, to me this means as a start you must understand people’s differences. Being at Stevenson is allowing me to explore those differences” said Illyan.

Additionally, Dr. Ora Freedman, professor of economics at the Brown School of Business and Leadership, delivered the Distinguished Faculty Presentation at the  award reception. Dr. Freeman presented her research on the economics of climate change and how she employed the economic model of cap and trade to empirically test if the model provides the appropriate incentive to reduce carbon emissions, in an equitable manner.

BSOBL 10th Annual Dell Scholarship Award Reception    

On March 28th Stevenson University held a Leadership Storytelling Workshop at Rockland Center on the Owings Mills campus. The event was a collaboration between Business and Leadership Professor Anna Kayes, and Program Coordinator of Theatre and Media Performance, Ryan Clark. The workshop consisted of a simulation in which business students pitched their leadership stories to theatre students who played the role of Amazon executives.

“In today’s highly competitive business environment, it is imperative for leaders to be able to articulate who they are and what they stand for,” said Kayes whose Organizational Leadership students participated in the workshop.

Dr. Kayes was inspired by an interview in Forbes with Paul Smith, Director of Consumer and Communications Research at Proctor & Gamble. In the interview, Smith gives examples of how senior executives at large companies use storytelling almost exclusively to motivate, teach, and lead their teams. Smith states that Proctor & Gamble hires movie directors, and Motorola hires theatre groups to teach storytelling skills to top management.

Dr. Kayes reached out to Ryan Clark from the theatre program, and together they developed the workshop details and itinerary. During the networking portion of the workshop, theatre students used their improvisational skills to play the roles of Amazon executives from various departments such as fashion and technology, and interact with the business students aiming to impress them with true personal stories of how they excelled in a leadership role in the past.

SU Leadership Storytelling Workshop  

Following the networking segment, the students engaged in a debriefing session where theatre students provided feedback to the business students on their storytelling skills, and offered tips on how they could improve. Students commented that it was a great experience to build confidence in their leadership skills. Others noted that they realized that they each have a story to tell, and working with theater students pushed them out of their comfort zone.

“This was a powerful experience for both theatre and business students. For theatre students, it provided them the opportunity to develop a realistic character—an executive at Amazon.” said Clark. “Performance opportunities beyond the stage and screen are plentiful for actors in health care simulations, public speaking workshops and executive communication seminars. What makes Stevenson University so unique is our ability to create these types of cross-curricular extraordinary experiences for our students. This collaboration represents the best a liberal arts education has to offer." 

Kayes and Clark plan to continue the collaboration between the two departments and hold Leadership Storytelling Workshops during the fall 2018 semester and beyond.

Twenty-five members of Stevenson Enactus, and faculty advisor Dr. Jim Kucher, spent winter break in downtown Baltimore at The Impact Hub working with three non-profit organizations. The students used the knowledge and skills they learned from their Stevenson business classes to help the organizations with their missions, marketing, financials, future goals and more. 

Business Administration major Harry Snider talks about the experience in the video below. For more info on Stevenson Enactus, contact Dr. Jim Kucher,  443-352-4339,

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