The Robins School of Business hosted its landmark professional skill-building program Q Camp, named for alumnus and key University donor Paul Queally B’86, on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29 at the Westin Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  
Q Camp History
Q  Camp was established in 2009 as a response to the growing sentiment that business school students need to refine their soft skills; like networking and interpersonal communication, to ensure success in navigating the job and internship market.  
“A lot of times, students think that the technical skills are what’s going to matter most.   They will matter. It’s a given that students enter their profession with a good, solid foundation in their technical skills, but sometimes they forget that they need to be able to have all of those soft skills to really be successful,” Dean Nancy Bagranoff said.
The conference is open to all sophomore business majors and minors (and junior business majors and minors on a space available basis).  Shelley Burns, Director of Career Programs in the Robins School of Business, facilitates the event and devotes her time to recruiting alumni and corporate partners to participate in the weekend-long business skills camp.
Dean Bagranoff, key business faculty members, corporate recruiters and alumni all pitch-in by facilitating general and breakout sessions, filling tables at two dinners and participating in networking sessions.  The program is designed to be a precursor to the internship selection process for sophomores and to provide a timeline to help underclassmen land their dream internship or externship.
Program Milestones
In 2009, Q Camp had 30 student participants and that number shot up to 64 sophomores who attended the overnight event in 2010.  Previously held at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel in Glen Allen, Virginia, Q Camp was moved to the Westin Hotel this year to accommodate the 84 participating sophomores and juniors.  According to Burns, 55 students were placed on a wait list this year.  
“The number of students that participated this year was more than twice the number that attended with me [in 2009], which I also think enhanced the experience for the students,” said Jessica Bailey, Robins School senior and Q Camp ambassador.
In addition to the program’s popularity rising among students, the number of faculty that attended the event has tripled over the last three years.  This year, twenty faculty members participated in Saturday night’s networking session and subsequent etiquette dinner.
The Format
On Friday, students checked into the Westin Hotel and were welcomed by Dean Bagranoff in a message explaining why Q Camp is vital to success in the job market.  
“I think that Q Camp is such a great privilege for students…..READ MORE.

The Robins School of Business hosted its landmark professional skill-building program Q Camp, named for alumnus and key University donor Paul Queally B’86, on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29 at the Westin Hotel in Richmond.  

Q Camp History

Q  Camp was established in 2009 as a response to the growing sentiment that business school students need to refine their soft skills; like networking and interpersonal communication, to ensure success in navigating the job and internship market.  

“A lot of times, students think that technical skills are what’s going to matter most.   They will matter. It’s a given that students enter their profession with a good, solid foundation in their technical skills, but sometimes they forget that they need to be able to have all of those soft skills to really be successful,” Dean Nancy Bagranoff said.

The conference is open to all sophomore business majors and minors (and junior business majors and minors on a space-available basis).  Shelley Burns, Director of Career Programs in the Robins School of Business, facilitates the event and devotes her time to recruiting alumni and corporate partners to participate in the weekend-long business skills camp.

Dean Bagranoff, key business faculty members, corporate recruiters and alumni all pitch-in by facilitating general and breakout sessions, filling tables at two dinners and participating in networking sessions.  The program is designed to be a precursor to the internship selection process for sophomores and to provide a timeline to help underclassmen land their dream internship or externship.

Program Milestones

In 2009, Q Camp had 30 student participants and that number shot up to 64 sophomores who attended the overnight event in 2010.  Previously held at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel in Glen Allen, Virginia, Q Camp was moved to the Westin Hotel this year to accommodate the 84 participating sophomores and juniors.  According to Burns, 55 students were placed on a wait list this year.  

“The number of students that participated this year was more than twice the number that attended with me [in 2009], which I also think enhanced the experience for the students,” said Jessica Bailey, Robins School senior and Q Camp ambassador.

In addition to the program’s popularity rising among students, the number of faculty that attended the event has tripled over the last three years.  This year, twenty faculty members participated in Saturday night’s networking session and subsequent etiquette dinner.

The Format

On Friday, students checked into the Westin Hotel and were welcomed by Dean Bagranoff in a message explaining why Q Camp is vital to success in the job market.  

“I think that Q Camp is such a great privilege for students...READ MORE.