Dear Business School alumni and friends,
David Heisler, BSBA ’17, BSAN Chair
Some of my greatest experiences as a student at CU Denver came from opportunities afforded to me at the Business School. I developed my leadership abilities as a Chair in the Business Student Ambassador Committee, finished in the top 30 out of 500 international teams in the CME Commodities Trading Challenge, and learned from some of the most passionate professors on our campus. Read more
For many years, corporate sustainability meant reducing a carbon footprint or switching to green packaging. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement has forced businesses to reassess their practices and beliefs—both environmentally and socially. John Bryd, CU Denver Business School instructor, has made it his goal to help broaden students’ definition of sustainability.
Business School senior instructor John Byrd hikes Knife Ridge.
“For so long, we’ve thought of sustainability largely in terms of the environment, but I think companies are going to start thinking much more carefully about the social aspects—workplace issues, equality, discrimination,” said Byrd, PhD. Read more
Quinn Lee is a long-time advocate for representation in the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to working full-time in procurement for Whole Foods Market, Quinn formed an organization devoted to elevating underrepresented voices in the Denver performing arts scene. When Quinn decided to build their organization to have a larger impact, they wanted to develop business skills before diving in head first. Read more
Woody Eckard has always held a certain fascination with college athletics. As an economics professor at the Business School, Dr. Eckard has conducted several studies on the NCAA throughout his career, the first being published in 1998. He enjoys sports and has always wanted to examine the economics of college sports to help solve the issues the athletes, teams, and leagues are facing. Read more
Finding her Way from Medicine to International Business
Rachel Hoffer never anticipated that she would end up studying business. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish at CU Denver. She went on to study to be a nurse practitioner, and she always thought healthcare and medicine were her calling. However, she found herself considering making a change. Read more
Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver is undoubtably one of the most unique cities in America. It was founded in 1858 and had already become Colorado’s socioeconomic center by 1880. Like many major cities and urban areas in the U.S., Denver has seen an increase in panhandling. Francisco Conejo, PhD, Senior Marketing Instructor/Researcher at the Business School, explored the fundamental causes behind the emergence of panhandling in Denver.
Francisco Conejo, PhD
He recently published a paper in the A-ranked Journal of Macromarketing which explored poverty and panhandling in developing markets. Read more
Will Riegel, 2019-20 One Year MBA student, reflects on his time in the program and motivations in furthering his education.
Taking His Business Education to the Next Level
In the years following his undergraduate degree in communications, Will worked for several companies in Washington State and New York City, including a Fortune 500 company, startups, and an ad agency. Read more