December 06, 2017

March 19, 2017

March 09, 2017

Relay for Life

Interested in Relay For Life? Join the NSO Team!!
Friday, March 24, 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. @ the Wildcat Center
To join our team here’s how:
1) Click on the link:…
2) Create an account
3) Click “Join This Team” and choose the NSO team.
If you have questions, contact NSO members or the team captain Shaina Flanagan through email.

March 04, 2017

IMPACT Conference

By Samantha Riley '17

The Community Action Association recently had the opportunity to attend IMPACT, a national conference on service, in St. Louis, Missouri. The four attendees, consisting of Samantha Riley, Shaina Flanagan, Wendy Menchu-Lopez and Briana Holley, along with the CAA advisor Meagan Pepper, began their journey late in the day on Thursday, February 16th.

Over the course of the trip, the group was able to participate in a wide variety of sessions. There were general workshops like Students Leading Students: Effectively Managing & Engaging Peer Volunteers, To Service and Beyond! Creating Meaningful Service Experiences with Pre and Post Service Workshops and Knowing Your Impact: Tools for Creating and Assessing Intentional Community Engagement. Also offered, were workshops that covered more specific topics of interest like Human Rights: from Education to Action and Eat for Good: Creating a better global food system for all. No area in regard to service was left undiscussed by the end of the three days.

During the lunch period on the first and second day was the Opportunities Fair. The exhibitors provided information about their nonprofit or organization to eager individuals hoping to discover future career options or partnerships for their clubs. On Friday, keynote speaker Congressman Richard Gephardt addressed the conference about his personal experience with service and on Saturday, the group was able to listen to panelists share their advice on subjects such as Reflection and The Power of Words, before it was opened to the floor for questions. For the Technology and Marketing within Service panel, Samantha was on the other side, contributing input as a panelist.

By the end, IMPACT had inspired the group to take action and do their part to change the world. Each person had their own unique experiences while at the conference, yet the goal of bringing back and applying the knowledge gained to better the Johnson & Wales community was a universal one for all.

February 04, 2017

Check it Out!

Check out Drew DuBoff '19! His first article as a social media correspondent for DECA Direct was just posted. Follow the link to see how your chapter can benefit from a noteworthy newsletter.

Interested in Judging for FBLA?

ATTENTION!!! Judges and Volunteers are needed for FBLA’S Annual State Leadership Conference on March 1 at the Johnson & Wales University in the Academic Center, Harborside Campus located in Cranston!! Judges are needed from 8:30 to 12:30 and 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Continental and Lunch is provided, so dont worry about being hungry. Responsibilities of this position include judging and monitoring the events.Business Attire is the dress for the day. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at!

JA in a Day

By Andrew Donnelly ‘18

On December 16, Johnson & Wales NSO was represented by 14 students at Saylesville elementary school in Lincoln, Rhode Island for our annual JA in a Day program. JA in a Day is a program started by Junior Achievement in which college students or industry professionals go out to a school for a day and teach children lessons concerning business and financial literacy. This is a program that our students have participated in for several years in conjunction with Junior Achievement Rhode Island.

JA in a Day is a program that is designed to connect the business world to the world of elementary school students. Through this program, the college students who participate learn several key lessons, including community engagement and the value of integrative learning. By volunteering to participate in JA in a Day, our students learned the importance of giving back to the community they live in. Our students also learned how important it is that our youth receive an education through integrative learning.

Brand Summit

By Deleita Gyasi ‘18

In early December, I had the pleasure of attending the Brand Summit at the Aurora. This
event consisted of five panelists, Seth Price (VP at Placester) Roni Kabessa (Founder / CEO of DCI), Alec Beckett (Creative Partner at Nail) Gaemer Gutierrez (Creative Director) & Lori Kettle (Owner of PVDonuts) and JWU alumnus. Besides enjoying free drinks and pizza, I took a lot of beneficial advice from the panel.

Branding is the representation and perception of a product or an individual, whether he or she be an entrepreneur, creator, or professional. What I learned was branding yourself or product is a way to make you stand out; as Alec Beckett, Creative partner at Nail, said, "who cares?" What makes a product or individual so special? What makes it different than others? Why does it stand out in comparison to the top selling competition?

Compare it to JWU’s version of Shark Tank, SharkFest. Imagine being both the contestant and the judge: it is imperative to criticize thoroughly, but know that through that, growth is attained. Many classic brands, including Coca Cola, Nike, and McDonalds, have to continue to brand themselves to stay competitive in an always changing business environment. Smart advertising can persuade the consumer to buy from one as opposed to the other.

Doing something out of the ordinary is always important to gain a bigger demographic. Remember Mike and Ike in 2012? Everyone started freaking because they were breaking up due to creative differences, but were they really? As soon as consumers saw that one name scratched out and the other drew attention. When Twix told us to pick a side, that had never been done before, especially since there is no difference between the two. Twix has been my favorite chocolate bar since ...EVER! So I should know if there is a change, but there was not. CVS stopped selling cigarettes and REI closed on Black Friday.

These companies broke the rules to stand out, creatively branding themselves. Risky changes are involved to keep a brand on top. This seminar taught me a lot about what I want to as a Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing major, because there is so much to do within the fashion industry it's hard to pick a job but this summit is leading me in the right direction. Wherever there's a brand summit in the future or workshop, I caution you to take full advantage. There are business people who pay advisors to help them with their companies, and this brand summit was of no charge to anyone. We're all still finding ourselves and what companies and jobs we want, take advantage of every opportunity and take control of your future.

January 31, 2017

Speaker Spotlight 2017 Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference - Sierra Barter

Join us for speaker Sierra Barter

Making Social Media Work For You: You are already using social—you’re tweeting, snapping and Instagramming everything in your life. In this session, you will learn now to make social media work for you and how to leverage these channels in an authentic way to connect with mentors, employers and more.

Sierra Barter is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Lady Project and the Social Media Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University. Ms. Barter serves on the Board of Directors for The Lady Project as board chair, mentor with Year Up, adviser to the Millennial Professional Group, a TEDxProvidence speaker and volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, fostering rescue dogs. She has previously served on boards for Girls on the Run RI, Summit Neighborhood Association and StyleWeek Northeast.

Sierra Barter has been honored as one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch", listed as Rhode Island Monthly's "Most Powerful Women" and the YWCA "Woman of Achievement in 2014, one of Glamour's 'Hometown Heroes" in 2015 and as "Leading Women" by Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. In 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Jorge Elorza to serve on the City of Providence's "Millennial Task Force."

A Wisconsin native, Ms. Barter moved to Providence in 2005 to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated in 2009 with her BS in Marketing & Advertising Communications. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Johnson & Wales University.

Sierra lives on the East Side of Providence with her two dogs, Lucy & Dee Dee and enjoys practicing yoga, a good craft beer and eating Mexican food whenever possible.

Speaker Spotlight 2017 Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference - Dr. Heather Cosmini

Join us for speaker Dr. Heather Cosmini

Dr. Heather Cosmini, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will provide a presentation that will help students identify and understand personality traits from the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Dr. Cosmini will also discuss how such traits affect individuals in the workplace.

January 26, 2017

2017 Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference - Speakers Spotlight

Have you registered for this yet? What are you waiting for? The deadline to register is Friday, 1/27. You can register at the NSO Office and pay online. For more information call 401-598-2345.

The Bridge Center invites all NSO members to participate in this program.

January 08, 2017

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Endicott College Conference

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

            On December 3rd, Joseph Esposito, Drew DuBoff, Parthenia Giannopoulos, and Andrew Donnelly went to Endicott College along with Sandra Cardoza, one of our advisors, for a DECA practice conference. JWU and Endicott College students forged bonds through DECA and networking, culminating in a successful event.
            The small nature of the conference fostered relationships between the judges and the competitors. Following all roleplays, judges provided one-on-one feedback to the students on how they could better their performance. Additionally, the exams were handed back with correct answers marked to facilitate improvement.
            The small number of participants, due to this being the first year Endicott College opened up the practice conference to other schools, actually was a positive. A speaker from the school’s internship coordinating office spoke about branding and students created contraptions from a mystery bag of products.
            This was a great opportunity for NSO competitors as we prepare for the Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference on February 10th.