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Lauren Gabor and Will Wornom

Longwood University business students travel to China to experience multinational business firsthand

Two Longwood University College of Business and Economics students learned firsthand about multinational business when they traveled to China as the guests of a corporation headquartered in Richmond with operations in Ningbo, China.

MBA student Lauren Gabor and undergraduate business student Will Wornom spent 10 days in China last month at the invitation of Frank Qiu and Ting Xu, top executives at Evergreen Enterprises, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of decorative items for home and garden.

Qui, Evergreen's CEO, and Xu, the company's president, came to Longwood in fall 2010 as executives in residence at the College of Business and Economics; they decided to return the favor by inviting two business students to visit their operation in China. Gabor and Wornom were chosen for the trip based on essays they wrote in response to the presentation Qiu and Xu made at Longwood.

The highlight of the students' trip was a two-day stop in Ningbo, China, where the Evergreen Enterprises factory, showroom and campus are located. Gabor was inspired by the tour of the flag production factory, where she saw the processes of embroidery and print transfer.

"During the busy season, this group of over 800 employees comes together and seamlessly manufactures the product, moving it from one station to the next. It would be great to be part of a company whose culture, vision and strategy really motivates employees," said Gabor, adding that she's been looking for these qualities in the companies where she has applied in anticipation of receiving her MBA in July.

In addition to visiting Ningbo, the two students also explored Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing.

From this trip, the Gabor and Wornom developed a sense of what it means to operate one successful company in two such diverse countries. Both returned from China with an increased appreciation for and interest in pursuing global opportunities.

"You can absorb so much about the culture and people. It's really eye opening to experience different ways of living and the work ethic in other countries," said Gabor.

Wornom, an information systems and security major, wants to return to the region someday and would love to work in cyber security for a multinational corporation.

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