Natasha Tweten is a third year business student and has just started her first term as Co-Chair for the Gustavson School of Business Conference. Between playing soccer, reading and doing school work, she is helping to organize and execute a three-day conference in March, 2017 for all business students.
The Gustavson School of Business Conference has happened every spring for the past few years. This year is from March 10-12 in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastian Hotel. The conference features an academic simulation, a speaker series, an amazing race competition, a gala dinner and a key note speaker. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other business students and have some fun nights out. Tickets will go on sale around late January, and you just have to be a business student and over 19 years old. Last year tickets were sold here, but check your Gustavson Business Facebook page for updates.
Natasha, along with her co-chair, has full responsibility for the organization of the conference. They recently hired a team to help them execute the weekend perfectly. Her jobs include contacting speakers, keeping her team on task, and helping them with whatever they need.
Natasha is also a part of JDC West, which is a case and debate competition for business students. It is a showcase that highlights academics, athletics, debate and social competition. This year it’s going to be in Edmonton at the end of January. Natasha in on the entrepreneurship case competition team with two other students. They will compete in Edmonton, where they will have three hours to prepare a case and only five minutes to present the business product they come up with. There is then a 15-minute question period and three minutes to close everything up. While the teams have already been decided for this year, try outs will be in the spring for the next year’s academic teams. The other teams will hold tryouts in September of next year. The UVic team will also be raising money for charity leading up to the competition, so look out for them around campus.
Natasha hopes to continue putting on events that can help make the business program more memorable here at UVic. She wants to help students have a good time while still learning and making connections during their time here. If you ever see her on campus don’t hesitate to say hi!