Today’s world is in need of a new type of leader. For those who will take the lead in solving the problems of society, it is paramount that they receive training that is relevant to who they are and the type of environment in which they will do business. Leadership training is often done in a vacuum, where one hears about what leaders should do and how leaders should act. But it is seldom done in a real-world setting with real-life experiences.
The College of Business at Concordia University Texas and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans believe that leadership training can and should be different. By partnering together, real world experiences can be learned alongside classroom theory. By having students learn from top-notch business people and then letting them practice learned skills in a complex and fast-paced culture, an environment can be provided where leaders are built to face the challenges of the future. This is what the Thrivent Scholar’s Program at Concordia University Texas can provide.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a Fortune 500 financial services firm, has teamed up with Concordia’s College of Business to offer the first Thrivent Scholar’s Program. This program takes ten students and helps them learn on-the-job-skills while also preparing them for leadership in today’s society. This year, the Thrivent Scholars were given a choice of where to visit to learn about aspects of business, marketing, finance, etc. They chose New York City. A few places they visited were: KPMG, one of the big four accounting firms; Bloomberg, a premiere site for business and financial market news; American Express, the Serve Card's primary location; and Stifel, a full service brokerage and investment banking firm. Participants will also be considered for internships with Thrivent and be eligible to attend leadership conferences.
Meet the 2014 Thrivent Scholars:
Thrivent Scholars in New York City
Front Row: (Left to Right) Adam Whitlock, Amanda Hurvitz, Ben Schmale, Tim Black, Dr. Lynette Gillis (Dean of the College of Business)
Back Row: (Left to Right) Nehemiah Zapata, John Watson, Colin Allison, Sairam Pathi, Katelin Faithfull
Scholars of 2013
Front Row: (Left to Right) Alexis Carrillo, Brooke Blanton, Alissa Johnson, Alison Pringle, Freddy Carrillo, Amanda Bode
Back Row: (Left to Right) Jason Clifford, Don Christian, CEO, Jordan Dedear
Scholars of 2012
Kayla Burch, Dale Lynn, Bianca Martinez, Heath Padget, Brent Schaekel, Ryan Ullman, Jessica Vandyke, Blair Allen
Scholars of 2011
Adam Case, Leo Vivas, Brittany Clanton, Jonathan Brown, Deborah Hille, Malori Carley, Jose Elizondo, Kalynn White