Ever since I was 3 feet tall, I was trying to sell things and turn a profit. My mother used to go to craft shows, and she would let me sit at her booth and sell little bead key chains and “rexlaces.” My siblings and I started selling jars of homemade pumpkin butter. I would set up lemonade and brownie stands at the end of our horseshoe street, and try to leverage my ginger cuteness to increase sales. In high school, the cuteness faded, and I had to really work hard to get the neighbors to let me mow and landscape their lawns. Hard work and all, I loved doing business, and I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
On Sept. 11, the MBA Programs Office at Mays Business School will hold its first seminar in a series known as the “Women’s Leadership Initiative.” More than ever, women today are a driving force, changing the face of business, government and society. However, there are still challenges to overcome. To help address these challenges, the MBA Programs Office will have a series of women-only seminars and networking events to connect leaders and equip them with the tools for continued success.
After spending an eventful, memorable and bizarre week in Moscow, we headed for St. Petersburg for yet again another eventful, memorable, and bizarre week. Taking a boat cruise of the town, dancing with a creepy dressed-up Ben Franklin look-a-like, watching Matt Gee put on a black tar face mask that the ladies got from a beauty store without hesitation, being asked to moon walk for a video by a random tourist in Catherine’s Palace, whooping in front of the Peterhof Palace, and seeing a four-hour opera were all highlights of the week. However, my favorite part of the week was seeing St. Petersburg in the eyes of another Aggie, Maria Smolenskaya.
Our ethics class recently had the pleasure of hearing from Francine McKenna, a freelance writer who calls herself an “accounting watchdog” and has written for publications such as Forbes, the Financial Times and American Banker, among others. With around-the-clock news alerts set up on her phone to inform her of major newsbreaks in the accounting world, McKenna is constantly seeking the inside scoop on the Big 4 public accounting firms. As a former employee of both KPMG and PwC, she has personal experiences to bring to the table to help prepare us if we choose to start our careers in public accounting.
Cancun, Cabo, Gulf Shores and Panama City Beach—these are some of the top Spring Break destinations for college students. However, for the third year in a row, I found my suitcase filled with heavy overcoats, sweaters, gloves, scarfs, long pants and dress shirts. I was once again headed to New York City with the Mays Business Fellows Program.
My name is Shelby Potz-Nielsen and I am a senior finance major from Lake Kiowa, Texas. I recently declared a minor in Human Resource Development and am also working toward the Certificate in International Business. Before going on the Mays Exchange this past fall, I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of travelers so have been to Central America (Costa Rica, Belize, Caribbean) South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile), Australia, Asia (South Korea) and Europe (Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic).
In October, 40 Mays Business Honors students traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn more about how business is conducted in our nation’s capital. The group was able to also spend time learning about the different branches of government and the history of the U.S.
I tell people that Texas A&M is where I learned about community, honor, service and being a part of something greater than yourself. I remember when I moved to London, many of my classmates asked me about the unusually large, shiny gold ring that I wore.
My journey at Mays has come full circle. After beginning as a graduate student here more than four years ago, I am back as an employee – and I feel as if I’ve come home.
When I chose the slogan for the re-conceptualized Mays Communication Lab, I could only guess at its aptness for the college. “Strengthen Your Professional Voice” was designed to send a clear message that every student will soon be a professional, and that every student can proactively develop the strength of his or her communication. My recent conversations with faculty illuminate this belief as an underlying philosophy to writing and speaking instruction in Mays Business School.