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ProAssurance C-Suite Guest Explains the Power of a Simple Mission Statement to Strategy Students

Students of business strategy learn that a strategic plan must include a mission statement that clearly describes what the business does.

CEO Describes How He Created an Organization to Boost College Students’ Empathy

Stephen Black, founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Impact America, was the guest CEO at the combined undergraduate business capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite,” on November 15, 2016.

Collat Student Entrepreneur: Jordan Ricks, Mixed Reality Football

Jordan Ricks has been playing football since he was 5. He suffered his first injury at 12 when he broke his left femur, the longest and strongest bone in the human body. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to break it, and recovery is often difficult, lasting four to six months. Jordan’s right femur grew to compensate for his injury, causing a height imbalance. “I’m 6’2 on my right leg and 6’1 on my left,” he jokes.

Jordan used his childhood football experience as the catalyst for a business idea. He recently launched a business that analyzes movements of football players to yield biofeedback on how to train effectively and safely.

Blazer Innovation Challenge Student Winners Announced in “Shark Tank”-Style Competition

University of Alabama at Birmingham students with innovative business ideas won up to $5,000 to help get their concepts off the ground in a competition held at the Innovation Depot this week.

The UAB Innovation Lab (iLab) and Collat School of Business launched the Blazer Innovation Challenge, sponsored by IBERIABANK, earlier this fall to encourage UAB students to develop new solutions to product, service or process challenges.

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