Students converge for the future of business

Students converge for the future of business

by UA&P News Desk on September 19, 2011 - 12:59 pm

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer, by Maricris Irene Tamolang

“Driven to excel. Driven to lead. Driven to serve” has long been a part of Aboitiz Equity Ventures’ great vision to harness young student leaders of the future. Last Aug. 19, 90 of the country’s most promising youth gathered to attend the 6th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

Thirty-three participating universities and colleges all over the Philippines—18 from Luzon, nine from the Visayas, six from Mindanao—fielded outstanding junior and senior students, who flew into Cebu to join this year’s leadership summit, which had the  “Inspiring Leaders for a Better Future.”

The delegates went through a difficult selection process, which involved paper screening, panel interviews, and assessment of academic performances.

“It’s how you perform in the interview that gets you in,” explained Natasha Neri, Aboitiz talent retention manager. She revealed that as early as January, road shows and talks with members of the academe had started, as they called for applications before screening was done in April.

Neri added that during the selection process, they were keen on those who exhibited the company’s core values of passion, integrity, and determination. “We wanted to see their attitude, those who have a plan and sense of direction,” she said.

The students were asked a question that predetermined their entry into the summit: “What will you do if you made a mistake?”

Corporate HR manager Mia Zamora added that they wanted to impart to the students the value of  “working with the country in whatever way you can… in whatever area you belong.”

Young leaders

The delegates were divided into 10 groups with nine members each. Every group was given a particular business case study, in which the members were asked questions after they presented their business solutions.

The group which provided the most relevant solution was selected as the winner.

“I was reminded that a leader must have the passion, vision, and determination to empower people in the future,” declared entrepreneurship student Carlo Mari Kier, who scored highest in the screening process.

Kier is a dean’s lister and president of the student council in the University of the Cordilleras. The other top students who scored high in the selection process were psychology student and dean’s lister Jo Villaflores of the University of San Carlos, and cheerdance varsity and dean’s lister Rachelle Flores of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

“Be courageous enough but be wise enough to hear other people out,” said Villaflores of what she learned from the summit. “It’s not about you, but the people you’re working with.”

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