Entrepreneur Julia Collins Speaks at Villanova MCBA Conference

2CNncFF1mjyK-NM7S8yb_hpAY51Lsi_l8iGPMP2EdKoThe Multicultural Business Association held its 3rd annual Career Conference on November 11th. Prior year conferences have given students the opportunity to interact and network with recruiters from the top firms on campus in a smaller and more personal setting than standard career fairs. The theme of this year’s conference was “Go Beyond the Status Quo.” Aside from the opportunity to stand out amongst recruiters, attendants were encouraged to pursue career paths that were both unique and diverse.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Julia Collins, managing partner at Mexicue restaurants and an accomplished restaurant developer and entrepreneur. As both a Harvard and Stanford graduate,  Julia centered her speech on the experiences in her career that could have pigeonholed her into a stable yet monotonous life, and how those experiences motivated her to seek new horizons. She touched on her lifelong passion for cuisine and how her experiences came full circle after she pursued a career in restaurant development. Julia encouraged the audience to not let the worries of becoming a successful professional overshadow their true passions, as she has proven that the two can coexist in perfect harmony.

The conference had over 35 students in attendance as well as representatives from over 10 companies from a broad range of industries. Following dinner and the keynote speech, a mini career fair was held where students and company representatives were able to build and strengthen their relationships. ICE’s director II Luscri provided the opening remarks and the conference was proudly sponsored by the Center for Global Leadership and the Center for Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE).  Corporate sponsors included PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Bloomberg and Johnson & Johnson.