Business Day 2017: Innovation Through Technology

The Colorado State University College of Business celebrates April 13 as Business Day. In its 39th year, the annual event brings business leaders to campus for both formal and informal interaction with students, faculty and the entire campus community. This year’s presentations will be on the theme of Innovation Through Technology. With numerous emerging trends within the market tied to technology, topics are highly relevant to CSU students and the campus community.

Business Day is a one-day event featuring keynote speakers, an alumni panel, workshops and concludes with a reception for continued networking opportunities.

Technology for the next five years – ones to watch

Business Day begins at 9 a.m. with a keynote address from Cathy Morris, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Arrow Electronics. Morris will present “Technology for the Next Five Years” from 9-10 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater. With nearly 30 years of experience in computer products and electronic components distribution, Morris has held a number of senior leadership roles at Arrow. Morris has been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Diversity Council and CRN magazine, naming Morris as one of the most powerful women in the technology industry.

The journey from concept to guest experience

Robert Urwiler, executive vice president and chief information officer of Vail Resorts, will present “The Journey from Concept to Guest Experience” from 10:15-11:10 a.m. at the Lory Student Center Theater. Vail Resorts is a leading international ski resort operator, managing thirteen ski resorts and related businesses in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world in 2016. Urwiler has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience in the application of innovative information technology across several industries.

Think it, do it: The evolution of ‘on demand’ technology

Angelina Howard, a CSU College of Business alumna and Supply Chain Manager II at Amazon, will present “Think it, Do it: The Evolution of ‘On Demand’ Technology” from 2-2:55 p.m. at the Lory Student Theater. Howard graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration from CSU, concentrating in corporate finance with a certificate in supply chain management. She started with Amazon

in their Retail Undergraduate Program (RUP) and is now a Retail Supply Chain Manager II in Consumer Electronics. In her current role, she leads Inbound and SIOC (Ship In Own Container) initiatives for the division. In addition to her work at Amazon, she helped start an organization called The Socialites Seattle which is an organization that creates events at venues that support people from diverse backgrounds that allow people to connect and network while also giving back to the community.

Cathy Morris


Robert Urwiler


Angelina Howard

Alumni panel and breakout sessions

In addition to speakers throughout the day, an alumni panel and breakout sessions will be held. The Alumni Panel will be held from 11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m. in the Bohemian Auditorium in Rockwell Hall on campus.

Breakout sessions will be held from 3:10-4:10 p.m. at Rockwell Hall on campus.

Sessions include:

  • Launching a Startup Fresh Out of School: Things We Wish We Knew – CEO and Co-Founders of Vidi VR Brian Herrera and Stan Sedberry;
  • Your Fitbit as a witness – Joy Woller, lawyer with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie;
  • and, High-end Laptop and Desktop Teardown – AJ Christon, Hewlett Packard product manager and CSU College of Business alumnus.

The complete schedule of events can be found here.

Events are free but tickets are required for keynote presentations

The events throughout the day are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for keynote presentations. Tickets are available online at or at the Lory Student Center information desk.

Business Day is created and organized entirely by student leaders in the College of Business.