"Developing Distinguished Leaders for a Growing Economy" is the theme of Virginia Wesleyan's 2014 Fall Business Conference—dubbed “The Marlin Prestige”—occurring November 17-21 on the VWC campus. The weeklong event, organized by students in business professor Paul Ewell’s “Principles of Management” course, will feature a variety of speakers, panels, and interactive forums focusing on Virginia’s expanding economy and the cultivation of its young leaders. Among the events are the popular "Shark Tank" presentations and the Bob Marlin Consulting Competition; Special guest speakers will include Eric Nyman '94, senior vice president for global marketing at Hasbro; Lorna Gerome, director of human resources for Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools; and Thelma Drake, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit. "Our focus is to develop the distinguished leaders our economy needs," says Tianna Garland '16, executive vice president for the conference. "Our team made it a point to create events that not only inform guests about economic issues in Hampton Roads, but also that provide students with interactive networking opportunities." In keeping with the College’s liberal arts tradition, the business conference allows students to apply lessons from courses outside of business to aid in the communication skills and professionalism required for efficient teamwork. By coordinating all aspects of the conference, students exercise key management skills like product development, networking, and project and financial planning. Daily activities are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Ewell with the Department of Management/Business/Economics at 757.233.8810.