Concordia University Wisconsin will soon present three opportunities for students throughout Wisconsin and in neighboring states to network with notable hospitality and sport business professionals, including an exclusive chance for face time with two iconic Milwaukee organizations.

The first of the three opportunities is the annual Sport and Hospitality Networking Roundtable event, presented by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. It will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 on Concordia’s Mequon campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The Roundtable will bring in nearly 70 experts who represent more than 50 notable organizations throughout Wisconsin, including the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, Summerfest, and the NCAA. Throughout the evening, industry experts will be situated at individual tables and meeting rooms throughout the first two floors of Concordia’s School of Pharmacy, allowing students to freely peruse and connect with a large variety of potential employers.

Click here to see a growing list of the Roundtable’s industry participants.

The following day, students can extend their networking with two notable Milwaukee organizations. From 8-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, students can choose to attend one of two breakfast events with either Marcus Hotels & Resorts or the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Marcus Hotels & Resorts event offers students interested in hospitality, tourism, event management, and food and beverage the chance to network with Marcus corporate representatives, participate in a panel discussion, learn about available positions within Marcus Hotels & Resorts, and take a tour of Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

“The hospitality industry provides a vibrant job market for those who are looking for interesting and challenging opportunities,” said Matt Martin, director of talent acquisition for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “These networking events will expose the next generation of Milwaukee’s workforce to the wide variety of careers available in the industry. We commend all partners for taking the time to help us meet the challenges of tomorrow by inspiring students today.”

The Milwaukee Bucks event will give students interested in sport business the chance to network with representatives of the Milwaukee Bucks, learn more about the invitation-only Bucks Sales Academy, and take a tour of Fiserv Forum.

New this year, Concordia is also giving students who attend the Roundtable event the chance to further connect with industry experts through the “Match Day” program. Those who impress at the Roundtable could be selected to participate in an exclusive, one-day corporate immersion with one of Concordia’s participating organizations.

Concordia is the sole university in Wisconsin to host a networking event devoted entirely to sport and hospitality. CUW offers two separate undergraduate degree programs in Hospitality and Event Management, as well as Sport and Entertainment Business. The university’s MBA program—the largest in the state of Wisconsin and the official “Preferred MBA Program of the Green Bay Packers”—also includes a track in Sport and Entertainment Business.

“With all of the attention paid to the Brewers’ success, the Fiserv Forum, the 2017 U.S. Open, and, of course, the Packers, local interest has never been higher in the business of sport, and our hospitality industry benefits from our state’s sport industry as well,” said Dan Underberg, chair and director of Concordia’s Sport and Hospitality Business department. “Our hope with these opportunities is to start to build a talent pipeline that can be mutually beneficial for businesses and students alike. We’re proud of the fact that we’re the only university in the state to host a networking event that’s solely dedicated to sport and hospitality.”

All events are open to students pursuing a degree in a relevant field. Registration is free but required. Those interested in the Networking Roundtable can register here. Those interested in the breakfast events can register here.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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