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Pamplin Student Leadership Conference features various workshops


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 12, 2011 – Representatives from Burts Bees, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Altria, and Virginia Asset Management will lead training sessions on decision making, flexible communication styles, ethical behavior, and other topics at a Pamplin College of Business student conference on leadership on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Organized by Pamplin students, the Pamplin Student Leadership Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech. It is free and open to all Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students, who must apply by Monday, Oct. 17.

“Participants have the opportunity to learn from interactive workshops conducted by industry leaders, develop networking skills, and build their resumés with leadership education,” said Taylor Nurmi, a marketing senior from Fairfax, Va., who is helping to organize the event as a member of the student organization, Pamplin Leadership Development Team. “Students will enjoy refreshments, a complimentary full-course lunch, raffle prizes, and free gifts.”

Speakers will include Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen and Burts Bees international brand manager and Pamplin alumna Julie Talbot. Talbot, who received a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2004, will provide the keynote address.

The 13th annual conference is sponsored by Hilton, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Geico, and Baker Tilly.

Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.