Business Department Hosts 23rd Biannual Visiting Executive Seminar

On Oct. 30, Huntington University’s business department hosted its 23rd biannual Visiting Executive Seminar.

The event brings together regional business leaders – those currently working or retired – and upper-level HU business students to discuss important issues of life, work and faith. VES allows students to consider the integration of their faith and business and to learn from the area professionals’ experiences.

Attendees are presented with two case studies, which they discuss at tables of six to seven. One individual from each group presents his or her table’s reactions and summations to the room.

The event was started in 1993 by Jim O’Donnell, executive-in-residence and emeritus professor, and takes places in the fall and spring semester each year.

The articles that were discussed on Oct. 30 addressed wealth inequality in America and the relationship between capitalism and philanthropy.

Assistant Professor of Business Troy Irick said that while the seminar is a chance to “show-off our upper-level students,” it also serves a networking opportunity for students preparing to enter the workforce.

“We have had students receive internships out of [VES] and even some job offers,” Irick said.

He said visiting professionals often share that they are impressed with HU’ students’ abilities to articulate their thoughts and opinions on today’s relevant and pressing topics in a professional and insightful manner.

The seminar concluded with a luncheon in Habecker Dining Commons.