UT sales school to help 3M interns build teamwork through Ability Center projects

April 9, 2013 | Events, UToday, Business and Innovation
By Bob Mackowiak

The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation in partnership with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo are hosting 3M Frontline sales interns in a team-building event Wednesday, April 10.

“As a Frontline Partner School with 3M, the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales is assisting 40 students from across the country — including five from our sales program — who have been hired as interns at 3M,” said Deirdre Jones, associate director of the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales. “The purpose is to generate team building and excitement for these new 3M interns so they bond with each other before they formally begin their summer internship assignments.”

The interns will work to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships based on common understanding, communication and trust through team discussions.

The process will build more than teamwork, as the interns will collaborate on two permanent additions at the Ability Center of Greater Toledo: a meditation labyrinth, shown to significantly reduce stress, and a memorial garden.

“The Ability Center was chosen because we wanted the team-building portion to have a community, philanthropic component to it,” Jones added.

“Partnering with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo is an ideal team project for our incoming team of interns. The act of giving back is an inherent part of 3M’s culture,” said Candace Mailand, 3M sales innovation manager.

“At 3M, we have a long-standing tradition of employee involvement that touches communities and natural resources around the world. Employees and retirees participate in 75 percent of 3M giving through matching programs and service on advisory committees, nonprofits and community projects,” Mailand said. “What better way for the students to begin understanding our culture at 3M than by getting involved with such a worthwhile organization as the Ability Center, which is focused on providing services to those living with disabilities in the Toledo community.” 

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