Summit Gives Students Statewide the Opportunity to Network with Global Businesses

Florida Student Summit on Global Business brings students and companies together for free, daylong event February 11 involving networking, mentoring, and guest speakers

TAMPA – Students from across the state will get the chance to network with some of the biggest players in the international business world during the Florida Student Summit on Global Business at the University of South Florida. The International Business Board, a business student organization, plans and leads the event which will feature more than 25 companies and organizations, such as Coca-Cola Beverages, JPMorgan Chase, and the U.S. State Department. The free, daylong event is sponsored in part by the USF Muma College of Business and several other companies, such as The Nielsen Company and The Tampa Port Authority.

"The purpose of the summit is to bring students together from across the state who have a common interest in global business," said Jamie Kenney, IBB president and a senior majoring in international business. "It's a great opportunity for students to network and be mentored by some of the top leaders in the global industry today."

The summit, which is in its second year, features lectures from Rick Gallegos, president and CEO of Rick J. Gallegos & Associates; Santosh Govindaraju, CEO of Paragon Capital Partners; Daniel F. Daniels, entrepreneur and CEO of Daniels Group Companies; Edgar Guzman, founder and attorney for Guzman Law Group; and Jennifer Williams, president and founder of

Space is limited, but the event, which is open and free to all college students statewide, is scheduled for Friday, February 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom on USF's Tampa campus. Click for more information.

Participating Companies and Organizations (with more to come):

  • Bank of America
  • Caribbean Chamber of Commerce
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Coca-Cola Beverages
  • Cott Corporation
  • Fast Lane Clothing Company
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Florida West Coast Board of Foreign Trade
  • French American Business Council
  • Gerdau Ameristeel
  • Jagged Peak
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • LarsonAllen
  • M&I Bank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • My Harvest Field, Finance and Insurance
  • The Nielsen Company
  • Peace Corps
  • Prudential
  • Small Business Development Center
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Tampa Bay International Business Council
  • Tampa Port Authority
  • Tech Data
  • Transitions Optical, Inc.
  • USF Study Abroad/Employer Relations
  • U.S. State Department
  • Walt Disney Company