Conferences & Workshops
Diversity and Inclusion staff, along with the LSU Olinde Career Center, offers professional development opportunities to all E. J. Ourso College of Business students through events like Lunch & Learn workshops, lectures, and external conferences.
All conferences are excellent training, recruiting, networking, and development opportunities for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Diversity Diplomats. The group has attended the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference, Louisiana Women’s Conference, and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Convention.
Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference
This is a three-day event that affords the opportunity to explore tools and resources necessary to build diverse workforces and remain competitive on the global stage. The conference also provides a valuable opportunity for students to network together and grow in their knowledge of diversity and leadership, which can be used to build distinguished careers.
SEC Business School Diversity Officers Conference
The purpose of this conference is to identify, advocate, and disseminate best practices with other SEC business school diversity officers, as well as promote new initiatives about diversity and inclusion in business.
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Convention
This convention provides students the opportunity to attend professional development seminars and forums that will strengthen their technical and soft skills. Participants also attend a Women of NABA network session, which is a powerful gathering of female professionals from all career levels discussing how to advance in the accounting, finance, and business professions.
Annual Women’s Conference
This event focuses on the theme that "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds." Some of the conference topics include "Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century," "Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Strategies to Redefine Power," and "Lead with Intention and Tools for Maximizing Your Leadership Potential."
Louisiana Women in Leadership Symposium
The main goal of the symposium is to empower women to become leaders in the workplace and community.
Annual PhD Project Conference
This conference recruits potential PhD candidates to the E. J. Ourso College and serves to increase the diversity of business school faculty. In addition, prospective minority PhD students are given the opportunity to network with other minorities already in academia.
Résumé Review Workshop
Writing an effective résumé is the first step toward landing an excellent job/career. For that reason, we train students to better understand the basic components of a résumé and identify ways to improve its marketability. Additionally, the workshop helps students create a well-organized, error-free resume that will earn them their next interview.
Interview Skills Workshop
We ingrain within our students the reality that preparation is the key to a successful interview, and as a result, researching a company/potential employer is a must. This workshop gives students insight into how they can connect their skills, abilities, and goals to the right company/employer. Students have the opportunity to learn the following objectives – understanding how to prepare for an interview; learning the differences between types of interviews; practice successfully answering common questions; distinguishing yourself from other candidates; communicating your ability to do the job; highlighting experiences, skills, and knowledge related to the job; developing a follow-up plan after the interview; learning interview tips and tricks; and knowing what to wear/what to bring. They also learn about resources available to best prepare for their interviews.
Web Image/Social Media Workshop
Social media has the power to expose the talents and experiences of our students in the best way possible. To ensure that, we make students aware of the images they are posting on social media. Through this Lunch & Learn Workshop, students have the opportunity to accomplish the following learning objectives – learn social media etiquette and best practices, understand the value and impact of social media, learn how to use social media both personally and professionally, know how to practice using good judgment, understand “Integrity & Keeping It Clean!”, realize the challenges and consequences of social media, know what recruiters can – and do – find out, and learn how to promote yourself responsibly and control your privacy.
National Diversity Case Competition
The Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) is a premier event that brings together top-level, diverse talent from colleges and universities across the country. The event includes a networking reception and dinner, case competition, and workshops. Corporate partners have the opportunity to recruit students by judging the case competition, presenting workshops, and participating in the networking reception.
The NDCC is held annually over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Undergraduate students from institutions across the United States will be able to connect with the event's corporate partners throughout the weekend.
If you are interested in participating in the college-level preliminary competition, please contact Angela Guidry, director of Diversity & Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-2848.
Dress for Success Fashion Show
This annual event demonstrates business casual and business professional looks to students, helping them understand what is expected of them in the business world when it comes to appearance and carrying oneself.
Approved Where Good Credit Takes You Workshop
This workshop ingrains good financial habits and shows students that it is never too early in life to be fiscally responsible. Participating students have the opportunity to learn the following learning objectives -- why does credit matter, ways to build credit in college, how to check/monitor your credit report, how to protect your identity, how to maintain a good credit rating, risks/responsibility of credit, what is the value of a solid credit history, how to improve your credit rating, and the dos and don’ts of credit cards in college.
SPRINGFEST Recruitment Weekend
SPRINGFEST is a fun and informational program designed to bring the best and brightest students to LSU for a glimpse of the academic rigors and social opportunities available to them as a member of the LSU family. Many are first-generation, underserved, low-income students. We have the pleasure of introducing these talented high school students to LSU's academic programs and services.