2018 One-Day Student-Centered Workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges Leading to Paid Internships
Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bakers Scholars Conference Room
Regents Hall 550, Georgetown University
This is the third year the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in partnership with the Italia Innovation Program, sponsored a full day student-centered workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges. This is an exciting program which brings to campus well-known and established Italian companies and serves as a bridge between business and academia. This year the two participating companies were Eni, S.p.A and Zordan, S.rl.sb.
Dr. Franco Peracchi, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Georgetown will provide students advice and guidance during the workshop.
The Workshop will serve as a bridge between business and academia and offers students a great opportunity to be intellectually engaged in finding solutions to challenges confronting the business world. We are limiting the number of participants to 50 students. Lunch will be served.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Italia Innovation Program, sponsored a One-Day Student Workshop on “Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges.” Mr. Gianni Di Giovanni, Chairman of Eni , S.p.A. Petroleum & Chairman of Eni USA and Mr. Maurizio Zordan, President and CEO of Zordan, S.rl.sb, presented the challenge to 36 Georgetown University students from the College, the School of Foreign Service, and the McDonough School of Business who participated in the event. Prof. Franco Peracchi from the Georgetown University Department of Economics served as mentor. Our students showed genuine interest in the project. Their superb performance, in the limited time they were assigned, and their impressive and professional presentations demonstrated their excellent analytical skills, innovative solutions, and team work. Given the high quality of the presentations selecting the winning teams was not an easy task, nonetheless, we were happy to provide such an extraordinary experience to our talented students.
Three winning teams were selected. Eni selected two teams and Zordan selected one team. Each member of the Eni winning team will receive a paid internship in their new office in Washington, DC. The Zordan team will spend 2 weeks in Valdagno, Italy visiting Zordan headquarters and 1 week in Michigan and Illinois at the Woodways Company. All expenses, including travel are included.
Special thanks to Mr. Gianni Di Giovanni, Mr. Maurizio Zordan, Dr. Franco Peracchi, and Dr. Donatella Melucci. Dr. Franco Peracchi, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Georgetown provided students advice and guidance during the workshop and Prof. Donatella Melucci from the Department of Italian who teaches a Business course also assisted students.
Zordan S.r.l.sb, founded in 1965 by Attilio Zordan, is a luxury family business that manufactures furnishings for the stores of the best-known brands and for private luxury homes. Zordan has built an international reputation as a partner for high-end interior design projects. Recently they purchased an American company Woodways, in Michigan to provide a better service to customers in the USA market.
Zordan presented a challenge related to “its activities in USA and its controlled Company in Michigan, Woodways.”
Team 1 Presentation
Team 2: Facing Change: American Market Presence and Woodways’ Expansion
Team 3: Business Challenge 2018 [Winning Team]
Team 4 Presentation
Italian Multinational Oil & Gas Company
Eni S.p.A., an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome with an office in Washington, DC is once again participating in the event. Eni has operations in 80 countries and is currently the world’s 6th most relevant oil and gas international company.
How new energy resources – like old ones – can influence the world’s industrial, economic and political structure.
Team 1: Countering Instability in Global Energy Markets [Winning Team]
Team 2: Mitigating the Effects of Oil Price Volatility
Team 3: A Tangible Solution to Mitigating Oil Price Volatility [Winning Team]
Team 4: A U.S. Government Approach
Team 5 Presentation