Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Two Indiana University Kokomo students are among 30 future business professionals chosen to attend a prestigious summit during spring break.

Katie Wilkinson and Sarah McClurgKatie Wilkinson and Sarah McClurgSarah McClurg and Katie Wilkinson, both seniors, will meet with top business leaders from companies including Kraft Foods, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens, during the Enactus 2013 Partner Summit March 11 and 12 in Northfield, Ill.

Jason VanAlstine, Enactus faculty advisor, said their selection is an honor for McClurg, Wilkinson, and the entire IU Kokomo team.

"Only 30 students were picked to attend this event nationwide," he said. "I think it says a great deal about our team's reputation that we had two selected. This is due in large part to the hard work that all of our students do in the community, with Katie and Sarah being among the best of those students."

McClurg said the companies represented are partners with Enactus, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurism to improve the quality of life and standard for living for people in need.

"Because we are two of the top 30 students chosen for this summit, there is a good chance these executives could consider us for jobs," McClurg said. "They know because we've been leaders in Enactus, we have project management experience. This is another step in professional development, and an opportunity to network with top business leaders."

Wilkinson said the leaders represent companies that have hired Enactus students in the past, and the summit is an experience to meet and talk with them in a small group, rather than in a large forum.

"Having that face time could make all the difference if we seek jobs with those companies," she said.

VanAlstine nominated the two for their consistent leadership in Enactus.

"Sarah will present at competition for the third time this year, and is a project manager," he said. "Katie is our director of recruitment, and under her direction, our active team membership has grown considerably. Both bring enthusiasm to their jobs, and I am happy to see their effort lead directly to personal awards like being invited to this event."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.