Business Week is an annual event that offers students the opportunity to connect with and learn from top business and civic leaders

Some highlights of the weeklong event include the La Quinta Keynote Lecture, moderated panels and lectures, and a virtual career fair. 

The week concludes with an awards ceremony that celebrates student, faculty and staff achievements. 

This event is a longstanding tradition in the Greehey School of Business. It began in 1975 to connect the classroom to the business world under the guidance of Brother Paul Goelz, S.M., a beloved member of the Society of Mary and the San Antonio business community. Brother Goelz’s vision was to bring real-world leaders to our classrooms to share, not just their expertise, but also their passion for business and community.

While the Greehey School of Business continues to innovate and grow, we have always been committed to the program’s original mission of providing relevant and responsive education that focuses on developing business professionals who are skilled, ethical, globally aware, and prepared for careers of meaning and purpose.

Business Week 2021

Resilience Redefined: People. Planet. Profit. Power.

The theme of the 46th annual Business Week is Resilience Redefined: People. Planet. Profit. Power.

The theme invites participants adjusting to the recent historic circumstances to explore innovative solutions to develop, lead, and motivate people; protect and defend the planet; sustain and grow profits; and ethically use power and influence for the greater good.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Student Trivia Bowl
9:45 to 10:45 a.m. | Albert B. Alkek Atrium
With Moderator Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, U.S. Army, Ret., Paralympian 2021

La Quinta Keynote Speaker: Resilience Turns Wounds Into Wisdom
11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. | Albert B. Alkek Atrium

  • Jacqueline Darna, N.M.D.

    CEO and Medical Inventor, NoMo Bands

Panel Discussion: Managing for Resilience
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. | Albert B. Alkek Atrium
With Moderator Jeremy M. Grace, MBA Programs Director, St. Mary’s University

  • Anamaria Suescun-Fast (B.B.A. ’91)

    CEO and Managing Partner, talkStrategy

  • Kelly Contreras (B.B.A. ’18)

    Talent Acquisition Specialist, SWBC

  • Morgan Jones

    Senior Manager Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Strategy, Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Discussion: Culture in the Time of COVID
9:20 to 10:35 a.m. | University Center Conference Room A

  • Frank Guerra

    Founder and CEO, GDC Marketing and Ideation

Interactive Session: Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship
10:45 to 12 p.m. | University Center Conference Room A

  • Sarah Woolsey

    Founder, The Impact Guild

Career Trek: Jordan Ford
12:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Jordan Ford (13010 I-35 North)

The Career and Professional Development Center invites St. Mary’s University students to a Career Trek to Jordan Ford to “test drive” a day in Grad Track – Jordan Ford’s well-salaried, sales-oriented hiring initiative designed to develop a small cohort of recent graduates into transformational leaders within the automotive dealer industry.

Interactive Session: Create Your Perfect 30 Second Pitch and Win Every Time!
1:45 to 3 p.m. | University Center Conference Room A

  • Jacqueline Darna, N.M.D.

    CEO and Medical Inventor, NoMo Bands

Thursday, Oct. 28

Virtual Career Fair
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Business Week 2020
Ethical Leadership and Innovation During Times of Change

Monday, Oct. 12 – Mentoring Monday

The Future of Careers: Virtual Job Searching Techniques
9:20 to 10:35 a.m.

  • T. Tylor Behrens, Ed.D.

    Associate Vice President for Career Services, St. Mary’s University

Networking Through Your Career 
9:20 to 10:35 a.m.

  • Abraham Saldivar (B.B.A. ’07)

    Director, Napier Park Global Capital

How to Prepare for Interviews
10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Francisco Ramirez-Gaston (B.B.A. ’11)

    Investment Banking Coach, SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity)

The 3 Paragraph Cover Letter
12:20 to 1:35 p.m.

  • Kathe Lehman-Meyer

    Director, Academic Media Center, St. Mary’s University

Resume Tips – Dos and Don’ts
1:45 to 3 p.m.

  • Sarah Vasquez (B.B.A. ’15)

    Human Resources Executive Team Leader, Target

Tuesday, Oct. 13

La Quinta Keynote Speaker: Innovations Promoting Health Equity in our Communities
9:45 to 11 a.m.

  • Angela Yochem

    Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

With special guest:

  • Carmen Canales headshot

    Carmen Canales

    Chief Human Resources Officer, Novant Health

CPS Energy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel
2 to 3:15 p.m.

  • Paula Gold-Williams (B.B.A. ’84)

    President and CEO, CPS Energy

  • Shelton Goode, D.P.A.

    CEO, Icarus Consulting

  • Norma Ramirez Montague, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean of Master’s in Management Program and Associate Professor of Accounting, Wake Forest University

With moderator:

  • Thomas M. Mengler, J.D., President, St. Mary’s University

Destined to Fail, Destined to Succeed
5 to 6:15 p.m.

Think tank hosted by the StMU Harvey Najim Center for Business Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Ana Paula Saravia, St. Mary’s University Senior
  • Daniela Duran, St. Mary’s University Junior

With moderators:

  • Luis De La Fuente (St. Mary’s University Senior)
  • Daniela Morales (St. Mary’s University Senior)

And judges:

  • Steve Nivin, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics, St. Mary’s University
  • Sergio Palacios, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), St. Mary’s University
  • Hugh Stevens, Executive Director, Harvey E. Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Mariangela Zavala (B.B.A. ’15, M.B.A. ’17), Executive Director, Maestro Entrepreneur Center

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Being Marianist During Times of Change
9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Brother Bernard J. Ploeger, S.M., Ph.D.

    Assistant Provincial, U.S. Marianists

  • Rev. Tim Eden, S.M., Ed.D.

    Vice President for Mission, St. Mary’s University

  • Sister Nicole Trahan, F.M.I.

    Provincial Assistant for Education, Daughters of Mary Immaculate

  • Henry Van de Putte

    CEO, American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region

With moderator:

  • Jessica González Uhlig, Ed.D., Executive Director, Marianist Educational Associates, St. Mary’s University

Risky Business: How to Plan for your Career Goals During Uncertain Times
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Session Facilitators:

  • Devan Hartung (B.B.A. ’15), Store Director, Target
  • Sarah Cantu (B.B.A. ’16), Content Marketing Manager, Earth Class Mail
  • Elijah Lopez (B.B.A. ’16), Financial Advisor, Manske Wealth Management
  • Priya Bhakta (B.B.A. ’18, M.B.A. ’19 ),Treasury Analyst, USAA
  • Ginnette Garcia (B.B.A. ’14), Sales Manager, Union Pacific
  • Sabrina Martinez (B.B.A. ’19), Programs Coordinator and Small Business Advisor, Maestro Entrepreneur Center
  • John Diaz (B.B.A. ’18), Associate, Bain Capital
  • Ryan Salts (B.B.A. ’13), Director, Launch SA
  • Fernanda Sandoval (B.B.A. ’20), Global Market Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Co-founder, Bulli$h
  • Quinton Smithwick (B.B.A. ’18), Digital Strategist, Springbox

The Economy and Society: How Does It Keep Moving Forward?
2 to 3 p.m.

  • Julissa Carielo (B.B.A. ’95)

    Founder and President, Tejas Premier Building Contractor, Inc.; Founder, Maestro Entrepreneur Center

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    Rene Garcia

    President, DreamOn Development Company, LLC.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Future Leaders Series
9:45 to 11 a.m.

  • Albert Cruz (B.B.A. ’06)

    Global Knowledge Management, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

  • Kevin Barthold, C.P.A.

    City Auditor, City of San Antonio

  • Morgan Playle (B.B.A. ’19)

    Community Manager, MullenLowe U.S.

Future Leaders Series
11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

  • Susan Gonzales headshot

    Susan Gonzales

    Lexington Energy PLM and Vice President, AIGRM Branch Manager/AIGRM National Energy Leader, AIG

  • Chris Talley

    Former Chief Communications Officer, USAA

  • Luisa Rodrigues-Holland (B.B.A. ’13)

    Business Unit Director, H-E-B

Virtual Career Fair
2 to 5 p.m.

Business Week Awards Ceremony
7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16 – Follow-up Friday

Recruitment interactions between students and employers, as needed.

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