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Career & Leadership Development

Life on Tap: Entrepreneurship & Business

The fields of business and entrepreneurship are complex and constantly evolving. To succeed in them, one must understand not only the economics of how to run a business but also how to think creatively and communicate well with others. These soft skills are often the difference between a good businessman and a great one, making a liberal arts background essential for anyone interested in successfully being part of a business or running one.

As a result, Christendom graduates are often successful in these fields. Equipped with robust communication skills and creativity to spare, alumni stand out from their peers, becoming CEOs, opening successful companies, and much more.

At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, successful businessmen and entrepreneurs have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.

Watch these talks below.

Business Management

Alumnus Dan Beller (’12), Chief Operating Officer of EcoNize Closets, and alumnus Jackson Kulick (’09), joint CEO of Blue Ridge Graphics, spoke to students about how to succeed in business management.

Entrepreneurship

Alumnus Jeremy Minick (’16) is a philosophy major, and is the owner and founder of Enable Web Design, a marketing and design company. Lawrence Urgo (’16) is the founder of AllClaims Pro, LLC, a public adjusting company.

Catholic Leadership

Alumnus Gellert Dornay is the President & CEO of Axia Advantage Home Loans, after previously running Java Trading Co.

Non-Profit Business Administration

Alumnus Mark Rohlena (’00) is the executive vice president for Christendom College, but was the director of domestic social development at the USCCB at the time of this talk. A double major in history and political science and economics, Rohlena also previously worked as a successful lawyer and as the CEO of Catholic Charities in Colorado Springs.

Sales & Business Development

Alumnus Steven Storey (’00) majored in philosophy and has been involved in the business and sales industry since. He is the current Customer Service Executive at Microsoft, but when he delivered this talk, he was the Senior Customer Service Manager at Genesys.   Ben McMahon (’04) majored in philosophy and has been involved in many businesses since graduation, including real estate, sales, and entrepreneurship. History major Ryan Doughty (’10) is a business development manager at Cisco.

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