Hosted four times a year, Industry Roundtables bring the GWSB community together, catalyzing mentoring relationships between our graduate students and industry professionals. Through these events, students gain industry insights from experts in their fields to better prepare them for their careers and build their professional networks. GWSB alumni and other friends of GWSB that participate in this event are afforded the opportunity to get to know and make an impact on the next generation of business leaders.
Each industry roundtable event consists of four steps:
The Match - Small groups of GWSB graduate students are paired with discussion leaders from among the alumni, corporate partners, and other business and policy professionals who have volunteered to participate in our industry roundtable events.
The Preparation - Each discussion leader provides three questions about their industry and/or organization that they would like students to research or think about before the event so they can prepare talking points. Students also receive a photo and bio of their assigned discussion leader.
The Event - Students meet with their assigned discussion leader in small groups, and discussion leaders facilitate a 45-60 minute conversation among the group, starting with the three assigned discussion questions. A plenary debrief session follows the small group discussions. On-campus Industry Roundtables are also preceded by a networking mixer, allowing students, discussion leaders, and GWSB faculty and staff to meet one another in an informal setting.
The Follow-Up - All participants attending the Industry Roundtables receive a brief summary of the event and emails for discussion leaders who are open to additional conversations beyond the event.