UWG Student Among Elite Group Invited to New York

Monday, February 18, 2013

Brittany Thompson, the Enactus president at UWG and a senior student majoring in business management, was one of 30 students invited to the 2013 Enactus United States Partner Summit in New York City. Thompson was selected to attend the Summit, held at the Time-Life Building, from hundreds of applicants nationwide.UWG’s Brittany Thompson Meets Walmart President Mike Moore

The Enactus United States Partner Summit aims to bring together students, Enactus business partners and staff leadership for strategic discussion and networking. This year’s summit included over 50 U.S. executives from top fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, Unilever and The Hershey Company.

Thompson met with Mike Moore, the Executive Vice President and President of Walmart Central, Walmart U.S., and the chairman of the Enactus U.S. National Advisory Board. Moore shared insights with Thompson regarding the significance of leadership experience in today’s job market and global business in general.

“The summit was an invaluable and remarkable experience,” said Thompson. “I had access to a vast amount of networking opportunities at a highly professional level.”

The executives conducted forums with students on topics such as the value of leadership experience among college students, the need for individual and community empowerment, and the importance of avoiding self-limitations in the attainment of personal and professional goals. The students had the opportunity to interact with the executives in round table discussions and received significant professional input on their respective schools’ Enactus projects while also building strong career networks.

“Brittany’s selection for the Enactus Summit demonstrates her leadership skills and potential for continued success,” said Dr. Faye S. McIntyre, Dean of the Richards College of Business. “We are proud of her accomplishments and those of the Enactus team. They are truly the leaders of tomorrow.”

Enactus, formerly called SIFE, is an international non-profit student organization that encourages and mobilizes university students to positively impact communities while becoming socially responsible leaders. In addition to contributing thousands of community service hours over the years, the UWG Enactus team has also received several awards including regional wins and invitations to compete nationally in 2009 and 2011. The team has competed in the regional competition every year since its inception in 2007 when the team was named “Rookie of the Year.”

“We are fortunate to have students like Brittany at UWG,” said Monica Smith, UWG Enactus advisor. “I am very proud of this Enactus team and the impact that they are making in society.”

Although it is housed within the Richards College of Business, the Enactus team at UWG is open to all students interested in developing ways to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. "Anyone can join us,” said Thompson. “If one person can be positively affected by Enactus, then we are doing our job."

For Brittany, attending the Enactus Summit marked her first trip to New York City. She was able to experience the vibrant city and its diverse culture while taking time to visit sights such as Times Square, the Good Morning America studios and the David Letterman show studio.

For more information about the Enactus team at UWG, please contact Monica Smith at monicas@westga.edu or visit the website at http://www.westga.edu/enactus/index.php.