Virginia Wesleyan College’s student-led Business Conference—branded the Marlin Prestige—will take place April 18-22, inviting community members to participate in free workshops, presentations and interactive panels that embrace the spring 2016 theme, "Life Prep: What You Weren’t Taught in Class." The biannual conference is the culmination of months of hard work by students in the Virginia Wesleyan business course, "Principles of Management." Students coordinate all aspects of the event, exercising key management skills like product development, networking, and project and financial planning. "You can expect this semester's business conference to be fun, interactive, and informative," says Virginia Wesleyan junior Mario Thourogood, chief executive officer of the Marlin Prestige. “Practical skills are taking precedence—our aim is to equip our attendants with the necessary tools needed in everyday scenarios.” The conference will feature a variety of guest speakers, among them Dr. Carolyn Williams, retired teacher and library media specialist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (by invite only); Quentin Williams and Jan Marshall, agents with New York Life Insurance Company; and Raymond Sanders, executive vice president and chief operating officer/chief risk officer at Village Bank. Daily activities will once again include the popular "Shark Tank" presentations, which closely mirror the popular ABC television series, as well as interactive alumni and faculty career panels. Conference activities are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit the Marlin Prestige webpage.