Business Administration


Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez '15

Student Profile

Leo Martinez ’15

Choosing Illinois Wesleyan: From the passionate professors and supportive coaches to the students and friendly custodians, everyone here is somebody. IWU was exactly what I needed: great people and a great campus.

Within the business major, what drew you to the concentration in management? I’ve been able to apply the skills I’ve learned to several business environments, from small start-ups to a Fortune 500 company.

Favorite class: Actually, two.  “Introduction to Religious Thought” with Professor Robert Erlewine. I’ve never seen a professor so passionate and intense, especially at 8 o’clock in the morning. The other is “Seminar in Management/Trial Class” with Professor Rob Kearney. We pick a real-life case that has been filed in court but not yet decided. We break into groups representing the plaintiffs and defendants, take the whole semester to go through the motions a real lawyer would, and present the case in court in front of a real judge at the end of the semester. Some students take it to help them decide if law school is for them, or not.

Work world: I had three internships as a student. The first one, with JCPenney, showed me the ins and outs of managing a retail store. The second was here on campus for a business venture that was started by two other IWU students. I got to see how a small business gets off the ground. The third was as an Enterprise Technology Services intern for Progressive Insurance in Colorado. I definitely recommend people intern for Fortune 500 companies; it’s a great experience.

After graduation: Progressive offered me a full-time position. I’ll move to Colorado Springs and work as a systems engineer for Progressive Insurance. I also plan to get my MBA after I work for a while. 

Business majors Lorry Prophete and Michael Goldstein, both Class of 2013, talk about their May Term travel experiences in India and China.

Student Organizations

Students in the Department of Business Administration have a wide range of opportunities to undertake learning and leadership roles, both in and out of the classroom. The leaders of each organization are primarily responsible for planning a variety of activities for its members and the IWU community as a whole.

The members and entire IWU community benefit from informational speakers, panel discussions, and trips to various corporations and firms. 

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