Students from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the Thomas H. Albinson II School of Business at West Virginia Wesleyan College are hosting two deliberative dialogues to discuss the role of business in communities. The first dialogue will be held on March 15th at 12:00 p.m. on the third floor of CJ Maggie’s restaurant, located on Main Street in Buckhannon. The second dialogue will be held on March 19th at 5:00 p.m. in Nellie Wilson Lounge in Benedum Hall on Wesleyan’s campus.
These dialogues, which are co-sponsored by Create Buckhannon and the Upshur County Chamber of Commerce, are intended to create discussion between community members, local businesses and MBA students to examine how businesses impact citizens, business owners and communities, overall. All people with an interest in the Buckhannon community are invited to participate in these dialogues, whether they come from a business background or not.
“The method of deliberative dialogue intentionally draws out conflicting viewpoints with the goal of understanding each other’s perspective, not to debate or win an argument,” said Dr. Susan Aloi, director of the School of Business. “Bringing MBA students who will be future business leaders together with local business people and community leaders allows various perspectives to be shared in a collaborative environment.”
All participants will have an equal chance to present their perspectives during the dialogue, regardless of their position. Both conversations will be facilitated by members of Wesleyan’s MBA Strategy Capstone class to ensure that all viewpoints are considered fairly and respectfully. These dialogues aim to provide a mutual learning opportunity which can lay the groundwork to create a stronger connection between business and community in Buckhannon, while providing insight to future business graduates on how they can impact the communities in which they live and work.
For additional information, contact Stephen Rogalski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who plan to attend one of the dialogues are asked to RSVP on the WVWC School of Business Facebook page or contact Luke Blake at email@example.com.