Recent graduate makes “The Opportunity Connection” at conference.

This summer, more than 2,500 professionals gathered at the 2010 Women in Business National Conference and Business Fair held in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the twenty student attendees from colleges across the country was Mitzue Stockdale (BBA ’10), representing Florida International University (FIU).

Hosted by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the event is designed for women who want to grow their companies by increasing their opportunity to connect with corporate America.

From left to right: Mitzue Stockdale and Linda Denny, WBENC president

“This was truly an incredible experience,” Stockdale said. “I gained new perspectives on what directions women in business can take at different junctures in both our education and career paths.”

According to Galen Kroeck, chair, Management and International Business Department, he and Joyce J. Elam, executive dean, College of Business Administration, felt Stockdale was the ideal candidate to join the other student attendees, all with entrepreneurial aspirations.

Conference highlighted opportunities for women in corporate America.

Apple Inc. Bank of America. Dell. The Home Depot. Johnson & Johnson. Omega World Travel. UPS. The list of conference sponsors and exhibitors reads like a who’s who of corporate America.

“I was teamed with two gentlemen from Apple who not only mentored me throughout the conference but also offered valuable advice and insights,” Stockdale said. “In addition, I had the chance to meet and talk one-on-one with other corporate executives.”

Mitzu Stockdale with Brian VanDerveer of Apple Inc.

She adds that the workshops taught her a great deal about the tools available for women who want to start their own businesses.

Closing speech delivered by FIU’s own.

Stockdale was selected by her student peers and other conference attendees to address a group of more than 1,500 at the conference’s closing-night tribute dinner.

“I was proud to represent FIU,” she said. “I spoke from the heart, expressing my belief that to be a successful business leader, you need to continue to be a student, finding answers to tough questions and seeking new experiences and opportunities at every turn.”

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