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B-CU College of Business and Entrepreneurship Attend the 10th Annual Key Bank Leadership Symposium


Bethune-Cookman University Junior and Senior Accounting majors, Ashley Ingram and Nealyn Lea, were selected to take part in the 10th Annual Key Bank Leadership Symposium, an intensive three-day camp on leadership, product innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking. The conference also focused on other core aspects within the accounting and engineering fields. The conference was hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and featured over 35 Universities and 49 students who participated. Through hard work, both students received first and second place for this year’s case study competition for their research entitled, “What is Water Worth? Nestle Walks a Fine Line.” Bethune-Cookman University was the only school represented on both winning teams. Participating college and universities included:

  • Claflin University
  • North Carolina A&T
  • Central State University
  • Kent State University
  • UCLA
  • The Ohio State University
  • Michigan State University

and many more.

Ingram placed second in the competition. “My experience at the conference was great! I had the opportunity to work with students from UCLA, Central State, University of Cincinnati, and University of Buffalo. One thing that I gained out of the symposium, was to never underestimate yourself, you never know what you’re capable of until you are put to the test,” she added.

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship are set to present a case study to the National Association of Insurance Agents in Atlanta, Georgia, against the University of Georgia, Florida A&M University, and Southern University. A third case study team that is ranked 3rd will present virtually to Hewlett Packard executives and corporate leaders.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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