Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wake Forest Charlotte Center Grand Opening Celebration

Charlotte dignitaries joined Wake Forest leaders to cut the ribbon for the official grand opening of the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Uptown.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Marketing Summit Unveils 2012 Sponsors

The sponsors for the 22nd Annual Marketing Summit Case Competition have been announced!

Hanes Brands Inc. and BB&T Corp. will be our Graduate and Undergraduate case sponsors, respectively, in addition to a record of 14 other sponsoring companies throughout the event!

This year’s Summit will take place on Feb. 16-18, at the Wake Forest University Campus. A record $106,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winning teams, including a new MVP Award, to be given to an outstanding individual who particularly impresses this year’s judges!

2012 Additional Event Sponsors: Altria, Chick-Fil-A, Cheerwine, Embassy Suites, FedEx, Fleishman-Hillard, Frito-Lay, Marriott, Mullen, Inmar, SymphonyIRI, Sam’s Club, T.W. Garner Food Co., and the Scarritt Family.

MBA Competing Schools: Wake Forest University, Brigham Young University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Chicago, George Washington University, London Business School, University of Michigan; and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business (2011 winner).

Undergraduate Competing Schools: Wake Forest University, Brigham Young University, University of Maryland, Northeastern University (2011 winner), University of Pennsylvania, and the College of William & Mary.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wake Forest Charlotte Center Grand Opening

This is such an exciting time in the history of Wake Forest University. The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Wake Forest Charlotte Center in Uptown is Thursday, January 26 at 11 am.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are also invited to a special reception at 6:00 p.m. on the 26th in the new facility.

It's a beautiful place. We hope to see you there!

Whole Foods Market Co-CEO Walter Robb to Headline “Capitalism with a Conscience” Event

Wake Forest University Schools of Business will welcome Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc., to campus on Tuesday, January 31 to discuss “Capitalism with a Conscience.”

The event is part of the Broyhill Leading Out Loud Executive Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. Additional support and planning assistance has been provided by the Wake Forest Schools of Business Center for Retail Innovation, the Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Net Impact Chapter of Wake Forest University.

Robb’s presentation will outline the Whole Foods Market business model that embraces both profitability and social responsibility. He will then transition into a passionate conversation about the social responsibility role of business.

“Our aesthetics and core values have remained the same, and that’s one of the keys to our success. We set a lot of ideals for the company Whole Foods Market that other companies were adopted over the years. We put together a terrific group of people, and many of those have gone on to become great leaders in the company,” says Robb. “Our aesthetics and core values have remained the same. Combined with a willingness to work hard and try new ideas, the stores are growing organically.”

Ayn Rand objectivism supporter John Allison, Distinguished Professor of Practice and retired Chairman of BB&T, will join Robb in a panel discussion moderated by Aman Singh, Editorial Director of The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire, a provider of corporate responsibility (CSR) news and research.

“Capitalism with a Conscience: Reflections on the Whole Foods Market Journey” is Tuesday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center Auditorium, room 1312 on the Wake Forest University campus. The event is free and open to the public. Wake Forest students and alumni will have priority seating.

Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 operating the Mill Valley, California store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993 where he grew the region from two to 17 stores. He became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. Now as Co-CEO, Robb oversees six regions and is on the Whole Planet Foundation Board of Directors. An avid organic advocate, Robb is on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is also on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific and is the Board Chair for the Whole Kids Foundation.

Allison began his service with BB&T in 1971 and has managed a wide variety of responsibilities throughout the bank. He became president of BB&T in 1987 and was elected Chairman and CEO in July 1989. During Mr. Allison’s tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. In March 2009, he joined the faculty of Wake Forest University Schools of Business as Distinguished Professor of Practice.

Singh is Editorial Director of, a provider of corporate social responsibility news and research. She has written for The Wall Street Journal,, and, and also maintains her own blog, In Good Company: Singh on CSR, where she writes about CSR, sustainability, and corporate culture. Aman is the founder of advisory firm Singh Solutions and an adviser on CSR strategy and communications.