Three Lindenwood University-Belleville students have been accepted to participate in the prestigious St. Louis Regional Business Council’s mentoring program.
The students, junior Taylor Harris and seniors Amber Repke and Chloe Valentine, are a great fit for the opportunity, according to Dr. Chris Gourdine, Lindenwood Belleville Business and Entrepreneurship Division Chair.
“The three people who were selected are very ambitious, assertive, and bright go-getters who will do very well,” said Gourdine. “This program has really high standards for acceptance, including a required grade point average of 3.8 and up, so these are highly impressive students. They realize what a great chance this is for them.”
Students selected by the program will be paired with local business leaders who will share what they’ve learned over the course of their career and help guide their protégés to success.
“I’m extremely honored to have been picked for this,” said Valentine, a marketing major from Smithton. “My hope is to get more knowledge about business. I just want to learn everything I can. This could definitely be a great start to my career.”
Gourdine said it’s noteworthy that all three Lindenwood Belleville students selected for the program are women.
“Not too long ago, only about 2 percent of the C.E.O.s of American corporations were women,” Gourdine said. “Over the past few years, that number has gone up to five percent. That’s a significant difference, but, obviously, there is still a long way to go.”
In 2000, the Regional Business Council was launched with 50 mid-cap business executives, the first effort in the St. Louis region to bring together the leaders of mid-cap companies, according to the organization’s website. In recent years, the St. Louis region’s business community has seen an increase in highly successful mid-cap companies that employ a large percentage of the region’s workforce. Thus, this coalition is essential to enhancing the well-being and vitality of the region.
These companies that are generous with their time and resources include civic and philanthropic involvement among their corporate priorities. Together, they seek to leverage their corporate involvement and investment.
The collective effort of RBC members is dramatically expanding the breadth and depth of involvement and investment in the community, according to the organization’s website