Seven years ago, the first cohort of Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) scholars first arrived on campus as high schoolers, just beginning their journey with WSB. They spent a portion of their summers taking business courses, exploring career pathways, and gaining leadership skills. They also participated in corporate visits, community development, and a healthy dose of summer fun in Madison.
Now, this inaugural group of BEL scholars are newly minted WSB alumni, having graduated in May eager to start their careers and apply all they’ve learned. With job placements ranging from BP to Spaulding Ridge, these young professionals are ready to make their mark on the world—taking with them the spirit of all they experienced as BEL scholars and Business Badgers.
The donor-funded BEL Program is a college preparatory program for students from diverse backgrounds that have strong academic records and leadership skills.
Corporate visits enable BEL students to envision the kind of companies they see themselves working for someday.
It’s not all work with no play. BEL students experience life in Madison, including a visit to the Madison Mallards baseball game.
Matteo Bruce (BBA ’22) signs the Google wall at the company’s Chicago headquarters.
Outdoor activities, such as a rope and obstacle course, help BEL students build teamwork and trust.
These BEL scholars are among the newest members of the Business Badger alumni network. Congrats to the Class of 2022!