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Carson College Annual Events Offer Industry Insights to Business Students and Communities

As an integral part of Washington’s research-oriented, land-grant institution, the Carson College of Business creates value for business and academic communities by hosting the annual Power Breakfast, Business Technology Symposium, and Walton Lecture events, along with industry speakers throughout the year. In 2022, a mix of globally competitive business leaders and entrepreneurs shared their professional insights through Carson College panels and lectures.

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Lind Olafsdottir Prepares for a Wine Career with WSU/César Ritz Education

For Lind Olafsdottir, the decision to pursue the WSU/César Ritz Colleges Switzerland joint bachelor’s degree was a natural fit for her long-time interest in food and beverage. Olafsdottir grew up in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, and a prime tourist destination. She entered the hospitality industry at 17 when she got a job at Apotek, a popular restaurant known for its mix of Icelandic and European cuisine and award-winning cocktails.

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WSU/César Ritz Colleges Grad Sarah Alwasil Parlays Hospitality Training toward Public Policy

Before her family moved to Switzerland, Sarah Alwasil grew up living in hotels across Europe and Asia while her father worked as a Saudi Arabian diplomat to the United Nations. The constant shifting of her environment may have contributed to her indecisive personality (self-described), but it also developed her confidence and interest in trying new things.

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Michelle Kelly Earns WSU Alumna Woman of Distinction Award

WSU MBA graduate Michelle Kelly has a new accolade to add to her growing list of accomplishments: the Washington State University Alumna Woman of Distinction Award. She was one of six women recognized at WSU’s Women of Distinction ceremony April 19, 2022, for contributing to the personal and professional success of women, creating positive social change, and increasing equity on their campus and in their communities. Kelly shares the story of her professional path since leaving the military and becoming WSU's ROTC military science instructor and the owner of Michelle's Closet, a consignment clothing store in downtown Pullman.

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Granger Cobb Institute Taps Murry Mercier for Inaugural Senior Living Lecture

Murry Mercier, senior living industry market leader for PointClickCare, a leading cloud-based healthcare software provider for acute care and senior care industries, gave the inaugural senior living lecture during Hospitality Week 2022. Mercier, who often went to work with his grandmother who looked after him while she managed a nursing home, shared insights on how he developed a deep regard for seniors and established a successful career in the senior living industry.

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Nine Carson Faculty Recognized for Promotion/Tenure

Washington State University recently recognized nine Carson College of Business faculty who received promotion and/or tenure.

“Congratulations to Jesus, Joe, Chris, Xinghua, Alex, Ron, Jenni, Soobin, and Ben! These colleagues represent excellence across all Carson College of Business locations,” says Chip Hunter, Carson College dean. “I encourage you to read more about their individual experiences."

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Joe Gladstone Drives Native and Indigenous Identity in Management Sector

As one of six Native American business management professors in the United States who study the intersection of Indigenous cultures and business education, Joe Gladstone says Washington’s rich tribal population was a major selling point when he was considering moving back to his home state. As a new career-track assistant professor of management at WSU Everett, he’s looking forward to building the campus's management program. His focus areas include organization behavior, enterprise development, business and society, and management ethics.

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