Twenty Missouri Southern State University students who have studied abroad or are majoring in Spanish will attend a special “executive luncheon” at Con-way Truckload in Joplin on Friday, May 3.

The students will take a tour of the company and learn about employment prospects in the various Con-way Truckload departments. Con-way is a $5.6 billion freight transportation and logistics services company with a major office in Joplin.

“Con-way Truckload is thrilled to partner with MSSU’s international program and support future business leaders,” said Katlin Owens, internal communications coordinator. “We value international expertise and are excited to provide industry insight through the executive luncheon.”

The “executive luncheon” concept was initiated by MSSU’s International Mission Advisory Board last year as a way to honor students who had studied abroad and to showcase them to potential employers in the area. Leggett & Platt, Inc. hosted the first such luncheon in May 2012.

“Companies that are highly engaged in international business endeavors are always searching for employees who have traveled abroad, understand cultural differences, and speak a foreign language,” said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. “We salute Con-way Truckload for sponsoring the second annual luncheon, as it’s vital that we match our students with as many potential employers as possible.”

J. Alan Brady, Con-way recruiting manager, said the company is looking to give insights to MSSU students and to demonstrate all the different opportunities available to them.

“When students have a demonstrated flexibility within language, within different cultures, and within business they have had to adapt to find success,” Brady said. “It is the same experience that Con-way Truckload seeks when looking at talent and it is a large piece of what drives the company forward.”