First Presentations for First-Year Business Students
Every first-year student in Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School has to take “SBS-101: Business Foundations,” a course that introduces them to the important concepts of business — ones they'll use for the rest of their careers. The culmination of the course — and 20 percent of the grade — is a group presentation to live judges. This year the students took on Meta (formerly known as Facebook) for their final case. The groups tackled problems from ethics to leadership to losing younger demographics to cybersecurity to the company's role in the mental health crisis.
Over the course of three days in early December 2021, more than 300 students presented to 50 executives, many of whom are Business School alumni. George Moker, director of First-Year Programs, kicked off the Saturday event with the executives and reminded them that many of our first-year students were attending prom (or pandemic versions of prom) just six short months ago.
This project is the culmination of all that the students learn in Business Foundations, encompassing not only the content, but what they’ve learned about working in teams, presenting, and problem solving. Team L1 comprised five members of the Class of 2025: Edward Abouzeid, Evelyn Blecharczyk, Laysha Fournier, Jillian Isenstadt, and Catherine Madden. Here’s how the day went for them.