TNJN 360: DSLS Fall 2017 Networking Trip

October 26th-27th, Diversity Student Leaders Society traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio for their fall semester networking trip.

This organization caters to students of all majors and works to make diversity a priority in members’ everyday lives.

Justin Crawford, a senior and Co-President of DSLS gave a definition to what the organization deems as a networking trip.

The group stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel located on the same street that houses University of Cincinnati’s business area. Students got a chance to settle into their rooms, enjoy food from a local eatery and given free time to explore the city.

Students woke early to eat breakfast and read up on the places they would be touring for the following day. The group toured Gyro Advertising Agency where the president Trey Harness and Executive Creative Director Mike Tittel gave them a tour of the office and explained what their company does for its clients and its employees.

They also got a chance to tour the local television station WKRC-TV. Their escort Jennifer Hosty, a local sales manager at the station answered many questions about producing a news broadcast and even got the group inside the studio to watch as the noon newscast was being televised.

New to the group and networking trips, R.J. Clay, a sophomore majoring in sports management, had a lot to say about his first time traveling with DSLS and his takeaway from this trip.

Mrs. Wirth is a woman who is highly invested in exposing members of DSLS to diversity and issues that some have, are, and will face in their lifetimes. To promote this even further she makes it a priority to take the group to some cultural place every networking trip. After touring companies, the group ended their day at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. After giving the group a few hours to roam and take in the museum, Mrs. Wirth left her group, and a few people listening in, with some words of enlightenment before packing up and heading back to Tennessee.