CEOs to visit Shepherd for Q&A panel held by Multicultural Affairs

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The event will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Center on Feb. 19 (photo taken by Bianca Ison)

Shepherd University’s office of multicultural affairs is planning an event for Feb. 19th that will connect students at Shepherd with business leaders of local businesses from around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Local business leaders will participate in a panel discussion in an attempt to help students look for jobs and find work. Thomas Pope is the vice president of marketing and sales at Intrepid Builders in Martinsburg and will be one of the panel speakers.

“One piece of advice I would give to anyone starting out is to surround yourself with people who will help you succeed,” Pope said. “My biggest benefit when I was starting out was surrounding myself with the right kind of people.”

Sergio Arce Hochkofler is a first-year student at Shepherd University and is planning the question-and-answer panel.

“The talk session is designed to be student led discussion,” Hochkofler said. “Students will seek not only information on their chosen field, but also voice their ideas on the matter.”

The upcoming event is the first step in a plan to create a student-mentor program at Shepherd.

The conference will be 6:30 p.m. in room 164 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History. The event is open to Shepherd students with a valid Ramblr.