Commencement 2019

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Virginia Wesleyan College’s student-led Business Conference—branded the Marlin Prestige—will take place Nov. 16-20, inviting students and community members to participate in workshops, presentations and interactive panels that embrace the fall 2015 theme, "Learning and Earning Your Career." The bi-annual 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. The conference will feature a variety of guest speakers, among them Lynn Clements, executive director of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (by invite only); Jason Barnes, owner of Chick-fil-A at Haygood Shopping Center; and Jesse Morton, chief operating officer for McPhillips, Roberts & Deans in Norfolk. Virginia Wesleyan College President Scott D. Miller, who is widely regarded as one of the most active social media presidents in the country, will present a workshop titled “The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media” on Friday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Daily activities will also include the popular "Shark Tank" presentations as well as interactive alumni and faculty career panels. "Our goal is to offer workshops to students and working professionals that are geared toward the skills they need to achieve success in their chosen career fields," says Virginia Wesleyan junior Adam Byrd, chief executive officer of the Marlin Prestige. Conference activities are free and open to the public. For more information contact Kayla Brown, Virginia Wesleyan senior and chief marketing officer of the Marlin Prestige, at or 757.291.4280. For a complete schedule of events visit the Marlin Prestige website.