Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heider College of Business transitioned the annual Business Symposium to a virtual event from Nov. 2-13.

The virtual format of the Business Symposium includes eight podcast episodes from the “Entrepreneurs on Fire” podcast, two live Q&A sessions and two networking events.

“Students can look forward to leadership tips, career advice and business trends from experienced professionals, all in a digestible podcast format that is easy to fit into a busy schedule,” Business Symposium adviser and assistant director of the business career programs Heather Doering said in an email.

“Entrepreneurs on Fire” was created and is hosted by John Lee Dumas, whose goal is to inspire young entrepreneurs to reach their goals and start on their own entrepreneurial journey.

Each of the eight podcast episodes will be released at 3:30 a.m. throughout the two-week period. 

This will allow students to listen in on the topics of the Business Symposium at their convenience. 

The live Q&A sessions will be with business professionals Derek Leathers and John Schlifske. The symposium’s networking events include a Resume Lab and Recruiter Panel.

“I am proud of the way our team has navigated such unprecedented times and am thrilled to announce our event on a national podcast: 'Entrepreneurs on Fire,'” Heider College 

of Business junior and Business Symposium coordinator Anna Hermelink said. “I am most looking forward to the impact these podcast episodes have on the Creighton student body and greater Omaha area.”

“The panelists and keynote speakers have valuable insight on a wide variety of topics such as global logistics, technology, networking and investing. I am eager to connect the dots of what I’ve been learning in my undergraduate studies with successful business professionals' experiences,” Hermelink said.

The Creighton Business Symposium has historically been one of the largest student-run business conferences in the country,” according to the Heider College of Business website.

There are usually over one thousand student and professional attendees.

“Attending the Business Symposium gave me leadership, resume and networking insights that I didn’t know that I could get,” sophomore in the Heider College of Business Mariana Inciarte-Balza said. “It’s amazing to know it’s completely run and led by students.”

More information and the full schedule for this event can be found at

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