Austin E. Cofrin

School of Business

Business Week 2019

Photos of the 2019 Business Week Dinner and award recipient information can be found here.


We are excited to announce Business Week 2019, co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay). 2019 will be the ninth year the program has been held at UW-Green Bay.  The success of Business Week depends on the outstanding community and business support received by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Generous support of all programs associated with Business Week over the past eight years has enabled over 1,100 students to network with business leaders and learn the finer points of interacting as business professionals.

Business Week is valuable to both business leaders and Cofrin School of Business students. The students add to their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include interaction with community business leaders. These events help students to develop the professional presence expected of individuals in the business world. Events such as the "Learning to Dine Like a Professional" Etiquette Lunch and "Mock Interview Day" help students to develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The "Job and Internship Fair" gives students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and become more than just a name on a resume. Again this year there will be an "Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Night," for which students will create a 60-second video pitching themselves and their career strengths, abilities, and goals.

Business Week culminates with the Keynote Address and Networking Dinner, which will be held on the stage of the Weidner Center. Business leaders and top students will engage in an evening of conversation and learning. We are excited to announce that our speaker this year will be Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, State/Local Government at Microsoft.

 

Keynote Address

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Speaker:  Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, State/Local Government, Microsoft
Location:  Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

   Networking Reception 5:30pm - 6:15pm
   Dinner/Keynote 6:15pm - 8:00pm
 

This event is an opportunity for our top students to professionally network with top business leaders, and for the business community to learn more about the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Attendance at the dinner and keynote speaker is by invitation only.
 

About Stuart McKee


Stuart joined Microsoft as the first U.S. National Technology Officer in June 2004 and continues his focus as the Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. State and Local Government business.  As CTO he is responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies with both an internal and external focus – shaping and articulating Microsoft's technology vision and strategy.  In his tenure Stuart has helped create effective solutions from cybersecurity to public records. 
 
Prior to joining Microsoft, Stuart served as the Executive Director of the Washington State Department of Information Services ( DIS ) on Governor Gary Locke’s executive cabinet.  As the DIS Executive Director, McKee was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and served as Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington.  Under his leadership, the State of Washington was nationally recognized and internationally admired for outstanding technology leadership and infrastructure delivery.

 
Stuart also performed in a number of executive roles for the Walt Disney Company including Vice President of Global Internet Operations where he directed technical operations for a number of the Internet’s most visible sites including ESPN.com, Disney.com, ABCNews.com and GO.com. His background also includes strategic planning and operational management of enterprise-wide systems for companies including Starwave, Infoseek and Sabey Corporation.
 
Stuart received academic honors and holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and a BS in Business Administration / Management Accounting from Lewis-Clark State College.
 

 

Schedule of Events 

LinkedIn – The Basics to Get Started  
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
1965 Room, University Union 
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Advanced registration recommended

Tips and Insights for Strong Interviews

Presented by Schreiber Foods


Monday, February 11, 2019

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Phoenix Room C, University Union 
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Mock Interview Day  
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:00 am-4:30 pm
Phoenix Rooms, University Union 
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Advanced Registration Required by February 14​

Professional Photo Booth  
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Union Lobby-Across from Bookstore, University Union 
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Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch  
Monday, February 25, 2019

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Weidner Center 
Speaker: Laura Rowell
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Advanced Registration Required by February 13

What Makes the BEST Job Applicants Today?  
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Phoenix Room B, University Union
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Spring Job and Internship Fair  
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Phoenix Rooms, University Union 

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Professional Photo Booth  
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Union Lobby-Across from Bookstore, University Union 
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I Know What You Did Last Summer (and so does your new employer)!
Thursday, February 28, 2019

3:30 pm -- 5:00 pm
Christie Theater
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Week 2019 Elevator Pitch Final Competition & Networking Reception
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Phoenix Room B, University Union

Submissions due Friday, February 8, 2019

How to Enter

 

Students will be required to craft and deliver an elevator pitch and submit it into the Business Week Competition. Every savvy job seeker has a personal elevator pitch to use during quick encounters with hiring officials at job fairs, during networking events or a chance meeting someplace else. An elevator pitch is a carefully crafted message designed to explain your strengths, abilities and goals to a professional or business executive. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator – 60 seconds or less!

Be prepared for these planned and chance encounters with employers and hiring officials. Join fellow Cofrin School of Business students by competing for top honors and prizes in the elevator pitch competition and network night.

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UW-Green Bay Business Idea Competition
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Phoenix Room A, University Union

Hear UW-Green Bay students pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from a panel of judges. Also hear about the new Startup Hub in Green Bay. Complimentary heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served, and the public is invited to attend.
 
To enter the competition, which is open to all UW-Green Bay students from all majors who attend the UWGB Green Bay Campus, email Ryan Kauth by Friday, March 22, for instruction as to how to prepare your 90-second new product or business idea video as a public YouTube link. Your video and background slide in PowerPoint must be submitted to Ryan Kauth by Sunday, March 24, 2019. Finalists will be invited to pitch by Monday, March 26. Thanks to WiSys and the Cofrin School of Business, the top prize is $500 cash of the total $1,000+ in cash to be given out to the finalists. In addition, finalists are eligible to attend the European Innovation Academy and could be eligible for a partial scholarship to attend EIA in Italy or Portugal or Hong Kong this summer. Finalists could also be eligible to represent UW-Green Bay at the following additional contests:

  • Appleton (4/11/19 with top prize $10,000),
  • Minneapolis (4/11-4/13 with top prize $75,000+)
  • Milwaukee (4/13/19 – top prize $2,500 + eligibility for up to $52,000 more)

For questions about the contest or if students need coaching prior to submitting their entry, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at (920) 465-2004 or via email.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Student Business Idea Competition
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cafeteria, UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from the panel of expert judges. Finalists who pitch will receive at least $50. First place is $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. Cash prizes are sponsored by the Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and by WiSys.

To enter the competition, which is open to all UW-Green Bay students from all majors who attend the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, email Ryan Kauth by 12pm noon on Friday, March 22. Students will then be instructed how to create a public YouTube link of a draft of their 90-second idea pitch for a new product or new business. The video link and one PowerPoint slide must be submitted to Ryan Kauth by 12pm noon on Friday, March 29.
 
Finalists are also eligible to attend the European Innovation Academy and could be eligible for a partial scholarship to attend EIA in Italy or Portugal or Hong Kong this summer. Finalists could also be eligible to represent UW-Green Bay at the following additional contests:

  • TitletownTech in Green Bay (4pm Thursday 4/11/19 with top prize $10,000 cash + $15,000 in in-kind services)
  • Milwaukee (Saturday morning 4/13/19 with top prize $2,500 + eligibility for up to $52,000 more)

Itinerary for the evening of Tuesday, April 2
5pm-5:30pm  Business Idea Workshop for the entire community. In less than ½ hour, learn how to communicate your idea for a new product or new business. Then, pitch it later for $!
5:30pm-6pm  1st Annual UW-Green Bay, Marinette-Student Business Idea Contest
6pm-6:30pm  Community member impromptu pitch for $100 cash! (open to all who are not UW-Green Bay, Marinette students)
 
For questions about the contest, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at  (920)465-2004 or via email.
 

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Student Business Idea Competition
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Room F149​, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc-Campus students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds and take questions from the panel of expert judges. Finalists who pitch will receive at least $50. First place is $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. Cash prizes are sponsored by the Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and by WiSys.
 
To enter the competition, which is open to all UW-Green Bay students from all majors who attend the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, email Ryan Kauth by 12pm noon on Friday, April 12. Students will then be instructed how to create a public YouTube link of a draft of their 90-second idea pitch for a new product or new business. The video link and one PowerPoint slide must be submitted to Ryan Kauth by 12pm noon on Sunday, April 14. Finalists will receive feedback on their draft pitch by 12pm noon on Monday, April 15.
 
Finalists are also eligible to attend the European Innovation Academy and could be eligible for a partial scholarship to attend EIA in Italy or Portugal or Hong Kong this summer.
 
Itinerary for the evening of Tuesday, April 16, in room F149
6pm-6:30pm  Business Idea Workshop for the entire community. In less than ½ hour, learn how to communicate your idea for a new product or new business. Then, pitch it later for $!
6:30pm-7pm  1st Annual UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc-Student Business Idea Contest
7pm-7:30pm  Community member impromptu pitch for $100 cash! (open to all community members who are not UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc students)
 
For questions about the contest, please contact Ryan Kauth, UW-Green Bay Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, at  (920)465-2004 or via email.

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