School of Business Students Participate in Annual Buy-Side Event

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SIBC Buy-Side Event

On April 22, 10 School of Business students participated in the annual Student International Business Council (SIBC) Buy-Side event alongside students from Notre Dame University and Benedictine College. 

The event teaches students the methodology for choosing to invest in sound companies. This year’s prompt, developed by USD supporter and founder of the SIBC Frank Potenziani, was to choose three companies that are doing well financially (i.e., are good financial investments) and that are also socially responsible (i.e., having a social or environmental impact, treating employees well, etc.) and that will still have impact 10 years from now. At least one of the companies had to be small/private and operating 'outside the box.' The USD students chose Sprouts, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Classy.

The event was preceded by a reception at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station.

"Our students worked very hard this semester--first researching and analyzing the companies and then writing and practicing their presentation skills," says Stephen Conroy, associate dean of undergraduate programs and professor of economics. "Buy-Side has helped them to hone their skills while at the same time forging strong, lifetime relationships. From what we know about research in experiential learning, this type of real-world exercise is likely to be remembered--even long after they have graduated from USD. Indeed, SIBC promotes life-long friendships and networking opportunities that are currently being promoted by the IBC Alumni Network which brings together SIBC alumni from the three universities. What an incredible experience!"

In Fall 2017, the SIBC at USD will celebrate it's 15th anniversary. The SIBC is a privately-endowed, student-led organization dedicated to peace through commerce. Focused on leadership, international business and responsible business conduct, the long-term goal of the council is to develop business professionals who play a fundamental role in peace around the world. SIBC completes several projects every year in collaboration with business leaders in the San Diego area and other parts of the world, giving students real world experience using commerce to facilitate positive change. Through the SIBC, students also have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States to attend leadership conferences and complete internships.


Amy Schmitz
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