On Monday, March 29, 2010, the Bennett College SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team won the SIFE Regional Competition held in Charlotte, North Carolina. SIFE is a highly respected, global organization that connects the business world with higher academia by encouraging the personal and professional development of new leaders and equipping them with skills and intellect to improve the world.
Over the past nine months, the Bennett SIFE team, with direction from its Advisor, Business Professor Rhonda Butler, developed and implemented multiple projects to impact the community and empower people with enterprising skills in the areas of: Entrepreneurship, Market Economics, Success Skills, Financial Literacy, Environmental Sustainability and Business Ethics.
Some of the outstanding projects included a seminar on "Getting Out of the Student Debt Trap" at the National United Negro College Fund Conference in New Orleans, an "Estate Yourself: Will and Estate Planning" workshop for the community, a "Go Green College Campaign" to promote energy conservation on college campuses in Greensboro, and assistance in launching the highly successful Entrepreneurship Institute for Young Women held at Bennett College during the summer of 2009.
The Bennett SIFE team, like other SIFE teams from colleges and universities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky formally presented project highlights to a panel of prestigious corporate judges (many from Fortune 500 companies) at the Regional Competition.
Bennett's projects, impact, and professionalism impressed the judges, and the Bennett SIFE team emerged as a Regional Champion. As a result of this win, Bennett will advance to the National SIFE Competition to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 11–13.
DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti is a trustee at Bennett College for Women.