Kansas City Welcomes Neeley Students

KC 1Twelve Neeley students attended corporate site visits and met with TCU alumni, parents and other business professionals to build their network and hear firsthand why Kansas City is a great place to consider when starting their career.

They met with 28 business professionals –from first-year employees to senior executives – at Deloitte, Cerner, VML, American Century Investments, Perceptive Software, JE Dunn Construction and Google Fiber. 

“Because there were only 12 of us, we had a more personable experience while visiting these corporations,” Daniel Castaneda, pre-business major, said. “This allowed for great face time with various greats of the industry. We were able to meet people that I never believed I would have the opportunity to meet, much less have a chance to ask questions and learn from their experiences.”

Young TCU alumni participated in a panel at JE Dunn over lunch to talk about what it is like to be a young professional living in Kansas City.   

“The Kansas City TCU network was a tremendous asset to the Alcon Career Center and the Neeley Professional Development Center in planning this trip,” Meg Lehman, national employment recruiter for the Alcon Career Center, said.  

The trip also included an entrepreneurship panel featuring Danny O’Neill, “bean baron” of The Roasterie, a specialty coffee-roasting company, and Rick Burgess, vice president of sales and business development for Marathon Solutions. Facilitated by Dean Homer Erekson, the networking event drew 43 people.

“The balance and variety of individuals who spoke to the students and the industries covered made it a robust experience for students to learn about opportunities available, cultures of various companies and industries represented in Kansas City,” Lehman said.    

KC 3“TCU business school students are looking for jobs that will allow them to create and break boundaries, and that’s not something you see in every business school grad. As a businesswoman in KC and a grad of TCU, it is so impressive and inspiring to see students who are willing to take a chance to move to a new city,” said Ashley Wilson, client executive at Cerner Corporation.