BRISTOL, Tenn. – As a part of its mission to equip its student-athletes with skills outside the classroom and playing field, King University hosted its inaugural Backpacks to Boardroom dinner to give participants the opportunity to practice networking skills in a formal business dinner setting.
The event was attended by about 20 students and a number of area King alumni. The evening began with a half-hour reception at Nicewonder Hall complete with hors d’oeuvres where students were given the opportunity to practice networking with businesspeople. The guests were then moved to a formal dinner where they could use the formal dinner etiquette training they received the night before.
At the business dinner, students were able to carry on the conversations they had begun with businesspeople at the reception and use the meal as an opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level.
“The ‘Backpacks to Boardroom’ event for our students was a wonderful opportunity to have King alumni and local business leaders interact and to help make the students feel comfortable in networking events and business dinners,” said Donna Felty, King’s Regional Director of Career Development. “We have hosted etiquette dinners for King students for several years, but this occasion included a required etiquette class on the evening prior to the reception and dinner. Involving our alumni and business leaders made the event a realistic social occasion for interaction and networking.”
King hopes to continue the event in the coming years to continue helping students learn to interact in a formal business environment.