more valuable than ever. Typically, BRD conducts economic impact studies and research for businesses, governments and nonprofi ts, but within the fi rst few months of the pandemic, the BRD Executive Director Brian Lewandowski and Faculty Director Rich Wobbekind gave over 30 COVID-related economic presentations, primarily in Colorado. Tax revenue forecasting also became a focus of their work, as funds from sales taxes took a dramatic dip along with consumer spending during the lockdown. The Business Research Division is currently assisting multiple municipalities and public entities with revenue projections.
Redefining Career Success During a Pandemic
Leeds’ Office of Career Strategy shifted into high gear to help 2020 graduates facing the extremely volatile job market. In April, they collaborated with alumni and business partners to launch a mentorship program called Adopt a Business Buff to help graduating students find work. The Wall Street Journal featured the program, which garnered interest from large and small companies alike.
The career strategy team also supported current students with a Micro-Internship program, which allows them to build skills and explore careers through short-term, paid professional projects. They partnered with CU Boulder on the fi rst all-campus virtual micro internship fair, hosted a variety of virtual events, and held more than 550 online industry coaching appointments.