Peter John Holt, Business Week 2018 speaker

Business Week is an excellent forum for students to connect with and learn from top business and civic leaders.

While traditionally Business Week has been an in-person event, this year we are going virtual to accommodate the health and safety measures needed to keep our community safe from COVID-19. 

Some highlights of the weeklong event include the La Quinta Keynote Lecture, the CPS Energy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel, and a virtual career fair.  Additionally throughout the week, mentoring workshops and additional moderated panels and speakers will be happening. You will hear from and interact with top leaders about today’s most critical issues that will prepare you for your career aspirations. The week concludes with an awards ceremony to celebrate student and faculty 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 2020
Ethical Leadership and Innovation During Times of Change

Schedule of Events

Monday, Oct. 12 – Mentoring Monday

The Future of Careers: Virtual Job Searching Techniques

  • 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
9:45 to 11 a.m.

  • Angela Yochem, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

With special guests:

  • Carmen Canales, Chief Human Resources Officer, Novant Health
  • Lety Duran Nettles, EVP and Divisional CIO, LPL Financial

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

  • Moderator – Thomas M. Mengler, J.D., President, St. Mary’s University
  • Paula Gold-Williams (B.B.A. ’84), President and CEO, CPS Energy
  • Shelton Goode, D.P.A., CEO, Icarus Consulting; Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
  • Norma Ramirez Montague, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Master’s in Management Program and Associate Professor of Accounting, Wake Forest University

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

  • TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

  • Moderator – Jessica González Uhlig, Ed.D., Executive Director, Marianist Educational Associates, St. Mary’s University
  • 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., Provisional Assistant for Education, Daughters of Mary Immaculate
  • Henry Van de Putte, CEO, American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region

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), 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), Program Coordinator, 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

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
  • 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, Lexington Energy PLM and Vice President, AIGRM Branch Manager/AIGRM National Energy Leader, AIG
  • Chris Talley, Former Chief Communications Officer, USAA
  • Luisa Rodrigues-Holland, 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.

Photos of Business Week 2019


2019 Business Week: Day Two
2019 Business Week: Day One

2019 Business Week: Meet-the-Firms Career Fair
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