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KeyBank, COBE Bring Marcus Buckingham, International Headliner Speaker, to Campus

The COBE Speaker Series is a signature achievement between the College of Business and Economics, students and the business community. For three years, the college has partnered with sponsor Key Bank to attract interesting speakers across a range of industries to share ideas and information that are shaping the business and economic landscape we share.

On March 31, we welcome Marcus Buckingham to Boise. Based on extensive research, Buckingham makes the point that “companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth.”

Not familiar with Marcus Buckingham? View a video clip here.

This event, for advanced and special student groups and Treasure Valley business leaders, will be an exclusive opportunity to engage with one of the most prominent thought leaders shaping the way we approach leadership, management and teams.

Event is full. We may have over-flow seating. If you are interested in attending, please call or email Heather Allan at or (208) 426-3110.

Hong Kong Economic Commissioner Presents “Hong Kong: Where China and Global Advantages Converge”

By: Sean Luster, Graduate Assistant —

image Hong Kong Economic Commissioner Leung and Jack Marr at Boise State

Commissioner Leung and Associate Professor Jack Marr

Clement C. M. Leung, the Hong Kong economic commissioner to the United States, visited COBE and gave a presentation on Hong Kong’s advantages, opportunities and upcoming challenges. Hong Kong is a capitalist region with strong ties to China, but serves as a major financial hub in the world economy. Leung used the event, “Hong Kong: Where China and Global Advantages Converge,” to provide information about Hong Kong’s outlook to an audience students, faculty, staff, and community members.

image Hong Kong presentation at Boise StateHong Kong’s economy is 93 percent service driven, and its tourism plays a major factor. Over 58 million people visit Hong Kong each year to enjoy attractions for families, sporting events and more. Hong Kong is also seeing a rise in start-ups and innovation, leading to more business ventures taking place in the region. Many opportunities are arising in Hong Kong and Leung hopes more countries will take advantage of them.

image Boise State students at event about Hong Kong During Q&A, audience members asked questions ranging from trade, to human rights, to future relations with China. Leung happily answered these questions with examples and his thoughts based on his years of experience working with Hong Kong. Leung encourages anyone interested in further involvement with Hong Kong to reach out to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices in Washington D.C., New York or San Francisco.

Students, Faculty to Perform Market Analysis in Puerto Rico

Mark Buchanan, international business program director Boise State University

Mark Buchanan

Eight Boise State students, along with Mark Buchanan, director of the International Business Program, and two members of the Idaho Bean Commission have their bags packed and are set to fly more than 3,000 miles to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Global Scholars Program.

The Global Scholars Program, now in it’s third year, is a competitive program within the College of Business and Economics that partners a team of students with an Idaho business to perform market analysis and establish international relations on behalf of the Idaho organization. In 2014 the Global Scholars Program worked with Semilla Nueva, a nonprofit working on economic development in Guatemala. Last year and this year the team is working with the Idaho Bean Commission to explore export opportunities for Idaho Blue Tag seed beans in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

One of the students selected to be part of the Global Scholars Program, Rylee Lewis, said the team has been working hard this semester researching everything from bean disease and breeding and international trade regulations to Puerto Rico’s economy and culture.

Boise State Global Scholar 2016

The 2015 Global Scholars Program in Costa Rica

While the students have worked hard determining supply chain networks and identifying people to meet with, Buchanan said the most rewarding part is getting there and having students participate in real-world business meetings and on-site visits concerning a product that they know inside and out.

“Puzzle pieces fit together and the lights go on as their academic knowledge comes to life,” he said.

After the team returns from Puerto Rico, they will present their findings during the Idaho Undergraduate Research Conference and to the Idaho Bean Commission. Then, the commission will use the students’ market analysis to determine if Puerto Rico is a viable market for Idaho bean seeds. If it is, they’ll use the international connections, forged by Boise State students, to begin negotiations.

Nancy Napier’s Blog: When Things Go Wrong, Make Them Right

In a recent blog post for the Idaho Statesman, Nancy Napier,  Distinguished Professor, emphasizes the importance of making amends. After an unfortunate turn of events, Napier’s passport was destroyed while in the possession of FedEx. While people can’t always prevent accidents from happening, FedEx should have taken the proper steps to resolve the issues as soon as they realized that there was a problem. It all comes down to a simple rule of business and life: when things go wrong, make them right.

Learn more about this Nancy’s experience.

John Bernado Leading Sustainability Discussion at Hackfort

image John Bernardo, COBE Executive in Residence Boise StateJohn Bernado, COBE executive in residence and adjunct faculty, will be leading the discussions on sustainability and corporate responsibility at Hackfort at Trailhead on March 26. Bernardo is the sustainability strategist for Idaho Power Company. He identifies and implements sustainability initiatives into the company culture, oversees reporting to national, international and investment-based organizations, promotes CSR (corporate social responsibility) internally and externally, and manages the production of the annual sustainability report.

Other discussions at Hackfort will be lead by Cherie Buckner-Webb on diversity, Nate Hoffman will discuss city data and Anne Allen will be talking about women and minorities in business and the tech industry.

The aim of the event is to give community members a chance to speak to with leaders, give leaders a chance to listen to the community, share perspectives and experiences, and make connections. And, perhaps “hack” some solutions that haven’t been considered.

Born from Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort convenes the brightest from Boise tech community with world-class innovators through panel discussions, workshops and TED-style talks that explore the intersection of technology with education, civic life and the arts. Showcasing emerging national and local tech talent and creativity, Hackfort rallies Boise’s developers and its creative community to inspire and be inspired, collaborating in an entrepreneurial spirit toward building a better Boise.

COBE Students Win Financial Competition – Third Year in a Row

Ashleigh Andereson, Jessica Bottelberghe, Nam Do, Steven Gabrielsen, and Erin Ward.

Ashleigh Anderson, Erin Ward, Jessica Bottelberghe, Nam Do and Steven Gabrielsen

For the third year in a row Boise State students won the regional competition of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s Global Investment Research Challenge (GIRC). The GIRC is an annual competition that provides university students with an opportunity to perform a comprehensive financial analysis and valuation of a publicly traded company. The students present their research to a panel of CFA judges. The Boise State team worked on Micron Technology. The team members were Ashleigh Anderson, Erin Ward, Jessica Bottelberghe, Nam Do and Steven Gabrielsen. The annual competition includes teams from BYU-Idaho, Idaho State University, College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University.

Boise State’s victory will see the team travel to the Americas competition to be held in Chicago during April. Indicative of the prestige of the program, CFA Institute will pay airfare, three nights in the Hilton Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago, food and all ancillary expenses for the teams and their faculty mentors.


Nancy Napier honored by Idaho Business Review

On February 25, Idaho Business Review honored it’s list of Idaho’s 50 Women of the Year at a dinner and awards gala. Among these women is Nancy Napier, a distinguished professor at the College of Business and Economics. Napier has been with Boise State for more than 30 years. She has served as the director for the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, co-creator and host of Idaho Business Matters on Boise State Public Radio, professor  and program director for international business, executive director of the Global Business Consortium, and director of Boise State’s Vietnam MBA Program.

The award recipients were chosen based on their professional achievements, leadership, community service and more.

Read more about this prestigious award in the Idaho Business Review.