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SIFE Team Attends Its First National Competition
The Barney School team earned a spot in the national competition by winning the regional championship in April.
Margery Steinberg, associate professor of marketing and faculty advisor to the SIFE team, said the Barney students made an “outstanding presentation” at the recent national competition, and learned a great deal about SIFE. The presentation focused on the team’s work with small business owners in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood, Vernon’s Rockville business district, and Simsbury’s downtown business district. Several team members will participate in SIFE again in the coming year.
The students who participated in the national SIFE competition are: Jessica Pirolo, Kathleen Yantosca, Maureen Fulton, Kelly Walsh, Robert Golden, J.R. Lindquist, and Pipat Pinyawat. Steinberg and David Desplaces, assistant professor of management, are the team’s faculty advisers.
SIFE is a global nonprofit organization that offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. SIFE teaches important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics. Each year, SIFE competitions are held worldwide, drawing together thousands of students and business leaders.