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Western & Southern Financial Group
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Business Week has long been part of the Haile College of Business and our strong desire to create linkages between students and the business community we serve. The annual event exposes students to valuable, cutting-edge business-centered presentations from experienced professionals and provides students with networking opportunities with local employers.


This year, the event will take place on September 27-30 with two keynotes, thirty breakout sessions, 90+ hiring employers, a luncheon celebration, and more! On Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29 all College of Business classes will be canceled to allow students to participate in the two-day business-centered conference.

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Keynote Speakers
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Thriving in the Midst of Adversity
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Building a Winning Team

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
9:00AM - 10:15AM | SU Ballroom

➤ Derek Fields, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rehrig Pacific Company
➤ Andrá Ward, President & Chief Culture & Transformation Officer, The KahfreWard Corporation


Derek Fields learned many lessons during his time on Northern Kentucky University’s basketball court. The 1990 graduate of NKU’s radio, television, and film program is still motivating his team and teaching them the strategies of success. But these days it’s far beyond the three-point line. Today, Fields serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Rehrig Pacific Company. Throughout his 20 years of experience, he has focused on directing sales, strategic brand development, driving revenue and increasing market share for leading global consumer and entertainment brands such as Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Disney Consumer Products, Sara Lee Corporation, Inc and Kraft Foods, Inc. But his experience on the court and status as a member of NKU’s Basketball Hall of Fame has never left him. Fields teaches his team to play fast, play fair, and always work for something better—inside and outside the office. He has his coaching hat on no matter where he goes.

Andrá R. Ward is the President, Chief Cultural & Transformation Officer and founding principal of The KhafreWard Corporation which is focused on human resource management and talent development. Ward is a highly regarded panelist, speaker, and master facilitator and executive coach. His global impact and travels span across the United States and twenty-two other countries. Ward is an alumnus of Northern Kentucky University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Radio, Television & Film. Governor Beshear appointed Ward to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents on July 26, 2013, where he currently serves as the chairman. Ward actively mentors NKU students and several young professionals in business and industry. He is passionate about his mentoring relationships and considers working with students to be the highlight of his NKU service. 

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Leading Through Crisis
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Leveraging Partnership: Economic Development & Building a Stronger NKY Experience

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:15PM - 1:30PM | SU Ballroom

➤ Julie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO, meetNKY Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau
➤ Brent Cooper, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
➤ Justin Otto, Economic and Community Development Director, Campbell County Fiscal Court
➤ Christine Russell, Vice President of Strategy, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED


Almost every day in Northern Kentucky there are exciting announcements of positive business growth from the Amazon hub at CVG, to new companies locating in the region and unprecedented enhancement of current facilities. There is a lot of work and
partnership that goes into making these announcements happen. A special panel of Economic Development partners (Julie Kirkpatrick, Brent Cooper, Justin Otto and Christine Russell) (Julie Kirkpatrick, Brent Cooper, Justin Otto and Christine Russel) will discuss how these deals come together and in particular focus on the renaissance of the Newport Levee as a catalyst for even more development. We will learn a little bit about the macro level of Economic Development along with the micro and how they all align for success.

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Schedule
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Monday, September 27, 2021

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

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Sponsorship

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Business Week exposes over 2,700 students to valuable, cutting-edge business-centered presentations from experienced professionals and provides networking opportunities with local employers. Proceeds generated from sponsorship will help cover expenses for this event, bringing quality learning and networking experiences to our students.

Contact Elizabeth Berk at georgee1@nku.edu or (859) 572-5839 with any questions or to secure sponsorship today.

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Presenting Sponsor

$5,000
1 available
  • Company introduction during keynote session
  • Company table (8 tickets) for Alumni Awards & Recognition
  • Logo featured on cover of program
  • Full-page ad in the program
  • Logo included on back of the program
  • Logo on all additional promotional materials
  • Sponor of "Student Snack Cart" during the two-day conference
  • Sponsor of "Back to Business Luncheon" on Thursday, Sept. 30
  • 2 E-blast about company to 2,700+ enrolled College of Business students
  • 2 social media mentions on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Networking/exposure to College of Business students
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Supporting Sponsor

$2,500
4 available
  • Company table (8 tickets) for Alumni Awards & Recognition
  • Half-page ad in the program
  • Logo included on back of the program
  • Logo on all additional promotional materials
  • 1 E-blast about company to 2,700+ enrolled College of Business students
  • 1 social media mention on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Networking/exposure to College of Business students
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Partner Sponsor

$1,000
8 available
  • Logo included on back of the program
  • Logo on all additional promotional materials
  • 1 social media mention on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Networking/exposure to College of Business students
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A La Cart Options

$500+
choose your opportunity
  • Logo on all  promotional mterials ($500)
  • 1 E-blast about company to 2,700+ enrolled College of Business students ($500)
  • Discuss other sponsorship opportunities!
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Contact Us

Have questions about Business Week?

Jenny Gardner | Program Director | gardnerj@nku.edu
Allison Buchanan | Marketing Manager | buchanana4@nku.edu
Elizabeth Berk | Sponsorship | georgee1@nku.edu