2018 Family Weekend

Pathways to Business
Alan B. Miller Hall

About The Event

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business invites all students and their families to participate in the "Pathways to Business" Open House during Family Weekend. Please join us in Alan B. Miller Hall on Saturday, September 29th for an informational session for freshman and sophomore students and their families who are interested in learning more about the business school. Current business school students and their families should plan on attending our afternoon programs that will provide opportunities to network with fellow families, attend lectures with current faculty members, and hear from Dean Larry Pulley.


Check-in and continental breakfast
Welcome & General Session - Everything you need to know about the Raymond A. Mason School of Business
Our graduates are leading Fortune 500 companies, launching game-changing startups, and tackling some of the most pressing business challenges. At the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, we provide our graduates with the tools, perspective, and network that will launch them into a rewarding career. To learn more, please plan to attend this general session where we will introduce new and existing undergraduate business school programs - including the PLUS 1 degree programs that allow undergraduate degree candidates to earn a Master's degree by adding 1 more year.

* This session is recommended for Freshman & Sophomore families.
Check-in for the afternoon sessions
Mason School Classroom Sessions - Choose from three sessions designed to engage participants in cutting-edge conversations highlighting recent changes at the business school and next steps to navigating a career in business.

How are Big Data and Artificial Intelligence disrupting industry and creating new jobs?
We live in an age of disruption with industries constantly changing. Over the next decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data, will lead this disruption through system transformation. As old systems collapse, businesses will begin to embrace optimization and reinvent inefficient business processes, products, and services, while making things better, faster, and cheaper. Join our panel for a discussion on how Big Data and AI will change every industry. Come learn about how the William & Mary School of Business is preparing students of all majors to embrace this growing need for quantitative skills in an expanding job market.

Building & Working Your Network
How many times have you heard, "build your network," as if it's obvious and easy to do? While this advice is worthwhile, it isn't an overnight project. Networking takes time and creativity to develop relationships that will provide both personal and professional benefits. Come learn how to engage and tap into the incredible resources that exist within our Business School community.

Back to the Classroom: Design thinking as a tool for career exploration
Design Thinking is a process and mindset that is used by organizations of all types to identify and solve complex and ambiguous problems. While typically taught in business schools as an approach to help companies improve their innovation capacity, Design Thinking can also be applied in other ways. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basic framework of Design Thinking, and then - through a series of exercises - apply design thinking to help you understand how to systematically approach the challenge of exploring career options. Come ready to participate!

* The afternoon sessions are recommended for families of current Mason School students.
Raymond A. Mason School of Business Tailgate
Socialize and network with our Business School community while hearing from Dean Larry Pulley and others whose vision and energy have propelled us to a place of prominence in the 21st century.