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Felician Business Symposium To Feature
Miss Universe Executive and
Jewelry Designer/Entrepreneur

Rutherford and Lodi, NJ — The Felician University School of Business is hosting its sixth annual Business Symposium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature two guest speakers: Shawn McClain from the Miss Universe organization and Nancy Schuring, jewelry designer and entrepreneur.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sammartino Hall on Felician’s Rutherford Campus, One Felician Way.

Shawn McClain, vice president of Marketing and Development at the Miss Universe Organization, will speak about “The Business of Miss Universe!” He will discuss the pageant business, the global challenges it faces, and the future of the business model.

Jewelry designer and owner of Devon Fine Jewelry, Nancy Schuring, will discuss “Gemstones and Entrepreneurship – Building of a Jewelry Business,” from start up to thriving business. She will also discuss her philanthropic efforts and the establishment of her charitable foundation.

In addition to the featured speakers, there will be a panel discussion on “Being Your Own Boss – the Rewards and Challenges.” Panelists include: Lt. Col. Aaron Leonard (US Army, ret.), Project Rebirth; Mike Goldman, author of “Performance Breakthrough”; Doug Negrin, president, Bct, Inc.; and Juan Fred, owner, Fish Tank Man LLC. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Professor Michael Omansky at 201-559-3311 or


About Felician University
With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan University founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters in 1942 to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition. Felician offers programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Teacher Education. The University was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of America’s Top Colleges and also listed among Money’s top 25 private colleges for merit aid.  For more information, visit