Join us LIVE on Monday, August 31, 2020!

Catch B2B Live or on Video

Either way, you can kick off your semester right and join the Bryan School for its 5th annual Back 2 Business event. Six live Zoom sessions will help you gain skills and strategies to succeed at the Bryan School and beyond. The sessions feature alumni, entrepreneurs, employers and your fellow students. Attendance to these sessions can earn you class credit* AND for every one you attend you get a chance to win one of three Apple AirPods in a raffle. Make your attendance count by logging into the live  Zoom sessions no later 10 minutes after the start time and stay till the end. If you can’t make the live zoom sessions visit the Canvas site Wednesday Sept. 2 to watch the recorded sessions by midnight Sunday Sept. 6. More details below.


Back 2 Business 2019

Featured Sessions 9 am - 4:30 pm

9-9:50 am
Fast Track Your Graduate Degree: How Bryan Undergrads Can Save Time, Money, and Avoid Taking the GRE/GMAT

Fast Track to a Grad Degree

Session Description:

Pursuing a graduate degree can be a major life decision. It involves preparing for the GRE/GMAT and completing one or two years of graduate coursework — not to mention a significant financial investment. In this session, you’ll learn about opportunities available exclusively to Bryan undergraduate students that can save them time, money, and waive the GRE/GMAT test requirement for a graduate degree program. You’ll also hear from current students who have taken advantage of these benefits and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

Session Presenters: Jennifer Kiger Chapman, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment, and DeVante’ Monds ’18, Graduate Recruitment Assistant


10-10:50 am
Internships for a Virtual World

Internships in a Virtual World

Session Description:

Internships are a valuable part of learning and career development! Skill building, team building, and networking are all critical to the internship experiences. Hear from some of your peers on how their 2020 internship moved forward and how they made the most of their opportunity.

Session Presenters: Tressy Luyindula & Lowe’s Companies Inc., John Lowes & Northwestern Mutual, and Linsey Wade & PwC
Session Moderator: Bramley Crisco, Employer and Corporate Relations


11 am-12:30 pm
Unlock Your Business Brain 2.0

Paul Marks

Session Description:

Paul Marks is back after his sold out Professional Development Week event created quite a buzz this past spring. If you missed him last time, DO NOT miss out THIS time! Learn how to harness hilarious improv skills to activate the creative side of your brain to build leadership qualities, develop an engaging presentation style, and discover the importance of body language and active listening for our new virtual world! Come prepared for this interactive Zoom session with your virtual game face (and webcam) on, plus paper and a pen to write with!

Session Presenters: Paul Marks of BetaTest Improv


1-1:50 pm
Tailor Your Career Path with ‘Stitched by Mitch’ Purgason

Mitch Purgason

Session Description:

Mitch Purgason has designed suits for high-profile clients like Mark Cuban, Christian McCaffrey, and Gary Vaynerchuk, to name a few. Hear how his entrepreneurial spirit led to success.

Session Presenters: Mitch Purgason of Stitched by Mitch


Student Organizations Round Up

Student Organizations

Session Description:

Are you excited to get involved with one of the many Bryan School student organizations, but you are not sure which one is the right fit for you? Come learn more about these organizations and their activities from a panel of student presidents, who are eager to welcome you aboard!

Session Presenters: Lasse Palomaki ’18, Undergraduate Professional Development Specialist


4:30-5:50 pm
Navigating Your Career Amidst Racial Injustice: a Conversation with the Bryan School Alumni Association

Alumni Association

Session Description:

Join your alumni association for a real, candid conversation with diverse alumni who have broken new ground and made headway in their careers since graduating from UNCG and the Bryan School.

Session Presenters: Deryle Daniels ’11
Roundtable Participants: Lawrence Watkins ’16, Tia Wiggins ’07, Erin Taylor ’19, Derek Moore ’14, Keylin Rivera ’13, Jasmine Beard ’10, Gene Mance ’18, Bonnie Landaverdy ’13


Earn a chance to WIN 1 of 3 Apple AirPods

The more sessions you get credit for attending the more entries into the raffle and the more points in Bryan Gold you get!


Make Your Attendance Count

  • Register ahead of time to get all the login information
  • Join the Zoom session no later 10 minutes after the start time
  • Stay till the end of the session


  • Watch the sessions on our canvas portal here by midnight Sunday September 6
  • The raffle drawings will occur on Monday September, 7 and winners will be notified via email where to pick up their prize.

Get Points for Bryan Gold 
Most sessions will have a QR code embedded in the slideshow, which can be scanned on your Suitable app to earn points. Other sessions will require a written reflection for points, which can be found in the “Activities” section on Bryan Gold.

For more information on Bryan Gold and how to activate/login to your account, please visit the Bryan Gold webpage.

*In the event that your instructor has offered credit for attendance to Back 2 Business your name will be sent to them in the list of attendees.


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