Maryville College junior Peter Coats, an international business student, was one of only 150 students from around the world invited to attend the 34th Annual Business Today International Conference, held in New York City. The conference is an opportunity for students to learn, network, and collaborate with some of the brightest students and business leaders in the world, including 60 CEOs and other executives from companies like Prudential, Avon, Universal Studios, Mitsubishi, American Airlines, the Associated Press, and Godiva Chocolatier.
Business Today was founded by Steve Forbes in 1968 at Princeton University as a non-profit student organization committed to encouraging debate and dialogue between college students and business leaders. The organization supports conference seminars, a magazine and an online journal, all of which are run by Princeton students. Over 1,100 college and university students from 17 countries applied to attend this year’s conference.
Coats was selected in part because of his community service experience. “Amit Mukherjee, the director of the conference, told me, ‘Peter, it was your community service’,” he reports. “Being a Bonner Scholar, I do a lot more service than the average student, so it was interesting to learn that it gave me an edge over a lot of other applicants.”
As a Bonner Scholar, Coats receives a scholarship to attend Maryville College in exchange for completing about 600 hours of volunteer work during the school year and summer.
Coats is currently applying for an internship at business consulting and venture capitalist firms, including Bain and Company and Council Ventures.