Altria presenting to MSU students.

Altria Representative presents to MSU students at MBS Leadership Retreat

As the leaves turn the crisp colors of fall, an MSU charter bus drives out of Bogue Circle with a group of future business leaders. The 17th Annual Multicultural Business Students’ (MBS) Leadership Retreat has begun, giving students a chance to learn and grow.

“You get to know your peers and people in business. In a smaller setting, you are able to talk to the recruiters because you are not in as big of a group as the regular meetings, “said Joy Whetstone, a human resources sophomore who attended the retreat in 2014.

This year five corporations will be spending time with students on November 5-7 at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station in Augusta, MI. The companies are Altria, Apple, General Motors, Google and Fiat Chrysler. The companies will be presenting on Interviewing, Working in Teams, and Public Speaking.

“The MBS Leadership Retreat provides a select 50 students the opportunity to network and establish relationships with five Fortune 500 companies in a more intimate and relaxed setting than a typical general membership meeting,” Nick Johnson, MBS President said.

Students from all four Multicultural Business Programs’ organizations attend the retreat, giving participants the chance to build a network of peers. “The ability to bond and form a team really allowed each person to become a leader in their own special way,” said Vivek Iyer, a supply chain management senior.

Cultural awareness is another goal of the Leadership Retreat. The diverse members share their cultural experiences and educate their peers on how different cultures view the same topic.

“Our goal is to broaden the horizons of our membership by sharing and discussing topics based on culture to provide members a variety of different perspectives,” said Johnson.