November 30, 2012
CEDAR HILL, Texas – “If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there,” said Robert Kiyosaki, author of the well-known Rich Dad Poor Dad series of motivational books.
This is one approach to networking which is particularly applicable to current students and soon-to-be graduates. Last Wednesday 30 Northwood undergraduate students attended Success North Dallas (SND), a monthly networking breakfast founded by Northwood Texas Board of Governor, Bill Wallace.
Hosted each month at the Prestonwood Country Club, SND is a society built upon the give-first mentality and heavily emphasizes the importance of professional mentoring for university students. The group has grown from seven members 24 years ago to 250 plus providing Dallas professionals and students the opportunity to network, listen to inspiring messages from business leaders and share insight and ideas with one another.
Due to the power of networking at SND, 60 companies were founded, 33 members are now published authors, more than 1,000 jobs have been filled, nonprofits have been founded and a TV series has been launched.
In an effort to expose Northwood students to networking events such as this, Entrepreneurship Chair, Professor Ron Sekerak, invited his class and other students ranging from freshmen to senior levels to attend the meeting. Prior to the presentation, attendees are invited to network and converse with one another over breakfast and coffee, giving the students in particular a great chance to begin establishing relationships with prominent business professionals.
This month’s speaker was Chris Exline, the CEO of Home Essentials, the world’s largest furniture leasing company, with operations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His story of how a simple idea sparked a global business phenomenon was inspiring. In addition to sharing a global business perspective and leadership experiences during periods of success and failure, Exline provided the audience with tools he considers to be crucial for successful leadership. In addition, when asked what practical advice he could give the Northwood students, he encouraged them to (1) study a lot and study hard; (2) be open to opportunities; and (3) if you have an idea, work with a mentor to write up a business plan and strike while the iron is hot.
Northwood junior Brandon Mason, an Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management major, found the event to be “…an amazing experience. It was incredible to be in the presence of so many highly respected and successful people. I look forward to further connecting with those I exchanged business card with.”
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