Ernst and Young Spotlight: Building a Better Working World

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Meet Ernst and Young (EY), a global professional services firm that provides advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services to their clients in a wide variety of markets. We are also very proud and humbled to share that they are one of the sponsors of Collegiate Women In Business (CWIB)! Among the 260,000 employees worldwide, there is a culture of high performing teams who bring diverse perspectives together, to work towards their motto of  “building a better working world.” We spoke with CWIB member, Shannon Keye, and campus recruiter, Wes Barrow to find out how Ernst and Young builds a better working world while simultaneously supporting women in business.

One way that EY is building a better working world is with “big initiatives of going digital, trying to push engagement teams to use digital platforms for everything that they do. This builds a better working world because the services they provide help their clients to help others,” says Shannon Keye, who has accepted a full-time offer after completing two internships with the firm. “[The company] is forward thinking and wants to beat the rat race to digital ties.” EY also aims to support “high performing teams with diverse mindsets by sourcing [diverse] talent through our campus recruiting and helping candidates that historically haven’t been in the candidate pipeline. [For example], EY hires people with autism in Philadelphia,” according to Wes Barrow.

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“Being able to give back to the community in a variety of ways,” is one of Wes’s favorite parts about the company culture at EY. “[Ernst and Young] is big into community service through internal programs called Connect Day where we shut the firm down and go out and serve the local community entirely for one business day. We also have a program called College Map where we go to underserved high schools and talk about career progression and transitioning into the workforce out of high school or into college pursuit.”

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When it comes to women at Ernst and Young, there are multiple resources to guarantee that they get the support they need to succeed. One of those resources is the Professional Networks, which are “organizations within the firm that give you the opportunity to meet people of any level. You can ask them for help and lean on them if you need to,” says Shannon. “You can network with other employees that you share a culture, race, or gender with, such as other African Americans or women.” Wes participates in a “working parent network because I’ve got [two sons and a daughter]. I’m able to connect with other parents about going from the younger to teenage years. We’re all about connecting and incorporating values.” EY also aims to support women within the firm and in business in general through “conferences geared towards the increase [of[ women  [in certain fields] such as the Women in Technology Conference that we use as a recruiting tool, and also looking at all aspects of the firm to make sure we have a good gender balance.” According to general data, Wes says that more than fifty percent of hires are women!

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Both Shannon Keye and Wes Barrow agree that the opportunities and relationships built are their favorite aspects of working for Ernst and Young. Shannon “really likes the mentorship program, where you’re given a peer advisor, and a counselor who is more experienced. I would IM them all the time to ask any questions I had, and they were so helpful. It was really nice to be able to lean on them.” The diversity that Ernst and Young has to offer was another important aspect that attracted Shannon. “I saw diversity, people of color and women in leadership positions.” For Wes, one of the best aspects are “the relationships that are built both internally and externally. [Also,] the professional development opportunities you get are outstanding. We are a people culture; we are only as good as the people that we have and they’re only going to be good if we continue to create opportunities for everyone at all levels.”

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At a firm like Ernst and Young that focuses on bringing strengths and weaknesses together through building a better working world, serving the community, and supporting every kind of employee with the resources they need to succeed, you are sure to achieve your personal and professional goals! Collegiate Women In Business is so fortunate to have had the support and mentorship of Ernst and Young over the years. If you’re interested in this firm, keep an eye out for future events we have with them or reach out to members who have worked/work there!

 

By: Abby Perkins 

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Deloitte: Mentor Spotlight

Collegiate Women in Business (CWIB) would not be the organization it is today without the amazing support we get from companies year in and year out! In today’s article, we will be highlighting Deloitte. Not only does Deloitte support CWIB, but they are also the number one recruiter of students at Virginia Tech. Let’s dive in and get an inside look at what Deloitte is all about!

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Two of CWIB’s founders, Shannon Cabrey and Catie Kidwell, have been working at Deloitte since graduating in 2016. Photo credit: Shannon Cabrey

To get started, CWIB reached out to Marilyn Aliaga and asked her about the company culture of Deloitte and the different programs offered to personnel.

  1. What is your role, and how did you find yourself at Deloitte Global?

“I am currently a Senior Business Program Specialist at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“Deloitte Global”) and support the Deloitte Global Talent Acquisition team, specializing in Strategy and Operations. Prior to joining Deloitte Global, I worked at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where I supported the Human Capital Consulting practice and spent a couple of years in the Deloitte & Touche LLP Technology Risk Advisory practice as well. I actually interned with Deloitte & Touche during the summer following my junior year at VT and have been with one Deloitte entity or another ever since!”

  1. Deloitte’s stated purpose is “to make an impact that matters.” How has a company culture been fostered where people feel like they matter?

“Personally, during my second year with Deloitte & Touche LLP, my colleague and I had an idea for an event that involved asking some our lead female partners to share their backgrounds/stories with younger female practitioners to elaborate on how they got to where they are in their careers. We had the opportunity to pitch the idea to one of our female partner sponsors and soon enough we made the “Letters to My Younger Self” Washington, D.C. event a reality – we had ~75 of our Greater Washington Area practitioners join and hear four female partners read personal letters that they wrote to themselves, where they detailed their setbacks, achievements, and overall advice. It is an awesome feeling to be at an organization where I was able to experience first-hand the investment and support from our leaders, to offer practitioners at every level.”

  1. Can you touch on Deloitte’s Leadership Development programs and how you have grown as a leader during your time with Deloitte?

“During my first year at Deloitte & Touche LLP, I looked up to my older team members for guidance and help, but very quickly learned that I was expected to teach and guide interns and younger staff as I progressed in my career. My team leaders have continuously provided me with opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone through leading client meetings and managing workstreams, but they’ve always been there to support me whenever I’ve needed the help or honest feedback.”

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CWIB member, Sara Khorramshahgol, interned at Deloitte this past summer!  Photo credit: Sara Khorramshahgol

Next, we asked Kristy Laughlin to speak on her role at Deloitte & Touche LLP and how the company practices corporate social responsibility.

  1. What is your role within the company and how did you find yourself at Deloitte?

“I am a Senior Manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice out of the Arlington, Virginia office. I found myself at Deloitte as a student at Virginia Tech, much like how many of you may find your first job!  I was an Executive Officer of Pamplin’s “Information Systems Society” at the time, and we invited employers to speak to our student members once a month in Pamplin to explain the various career paths available.  Deloitte came to present to us one month and I was instantly drawn to the culture and people within the organization, as well as the leadership opportunities available. I was selected to attend the Deloitte National Leadership Conference that summer and learned more about Deloitte and what types of services Deloitte provides to clients.  The following summer, I participated in the internship program and then started full time after graduating from Virginia Tech.”

  1. The Chief Inclusion Officer speaks of “tone at the top” and how important setting an example from higher leadership is when fostering an inclusive work environment. Have you felt or seen the effects of this trickle-down method?

“As a Senior Manager, I have witnessed Deloitte leadership emphasizing how critical it is for us to foster team environments where everyone on the team feels that they can connect, belong, and grow. I’ve seen the effects of this when I am in meetings with Deloitte leaders, and they make sure to call on everyone at the table to share their thoughts during meetings, regardless of their career level or background, and treat them with the same degree of respect.”

  1. Corporate Citizenship is important to your company – what opportunities have you been presented with to give back?

“This started for me on day one at Deloitte, when I was at the Deloitte National Leadership Conference as a sophomore at Virginia Tech.  During the conference, we dedicated an afternoon to working at a local food bank where 500 Deloitte leadership participants like myself volunteered in packing food kits for families in need.  As an intern and throughout my career as a full-time employee, I have participated in Deloitte’s annual “Impact Day” where all Deloitte people spend a full day away from the office and out in the community helping others.

Deloitte has also supported me giving back as a Board Member at Virginia Tech, serving as the Vice Chair of the Pamplin Recent Alumni Board (RAB) and as a member of the Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) Emerging Leaders Board (ELB).”

Virginia Tech students are incredibly lucky to have a successful and passionate alumni network that is willing to share their stories with us. We would like to thank Deloitte for its continued support of CWIB and our mission of empowering, preparing, and connecting our members. A special thank you to Marilyn and Kristy for taking the time to share their experiences with us!

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CWIB’s Chief Technology Officer, Kinsey Donovan, also interned with Deloitte this summer. Here is a picture of her at Impact Day. Photo credit: Kinsey Donovan

About Deloitte

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients. In the United States, Deloitte refers to one or more of the US member firms of DTTL, their related entities that operate using the “Deloitte” name in the United States and their respective affiliates. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. Please see http://www.deloitte.com/about to learn more about our global network of member firms.

This publication contains general information only and Deloitte is not, by means of this publication rendering accounting, business, financial, investment, legal, tax, or other professional advice or services. This publication is not a substitute for such professional advice or services, nor should it be used as a basis for any decision or action that may affect your business. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult a qualified professional advisor.

Deloitte shall not be responsible for any loss sustained by any person who relies on this publication.

 

By: Cara Yates 

Do’s and Don’ts of a Virtual Interview

As technology evolves and becomes more functional, more and more companies are beginning to use it as a way to interview prospective employees and to save money. A couple of significant advantages of going virtual is that they can save on both the travel costs and time spent sending employees to college campuses and other recruitment locations. If you have a virtual interview in the near future, here are a few do’s and don’ts to think about for a successful experience!

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Caption: Keep in mind that your interview is not going into a black hole once it leaves your computer screen. If you move on to the next step of the hiring process, you will likely meet with the same people who watched your interview. Try to put your best self forward and display your personality in your video! Photo credit: Your Career Intel

1.DO Be Extra Prepared

Unlike an in-person interview, virtual interviews require you to prepare not only yourself but your technology and your environment. If you have roommates, it’s important to make sure they are aware of where and when you will be during this interview so they do not interrupt you. Further, it’s important to consider the network you will be doing the interview on. For phone interviews, a landline is the most reliable method. For virtual or Skype interviews, having a strong internet connection can be the most important. For instance, you may think going to the library and reserving a private room may be a good idea, but when there are a lot of people in the same location, the network connection may be slow or pause. In addition, it’s important to prepare your space. A clumsy background can be distracting to the viewer, but a clean stark white may also seem too formal. Try to find a balance of neutral and clean to complement your interview.

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Caption: Virtual interviews come in many different forms! If an employer tells you there is a virtual interview, it’s important to clarify the form of the interview and the specific details! Photo credit: INC

2.DON’T Write Out Answers

It can be helpful to have your resume on hand during an interview, or a few notes on a flashcard. However, there is a difference between referencing notes and writing out word-for-word answers to common interview questions. Of course, it is still a good preparation technique to practice answering common interview questions, but reading them off a paper during your interview is not a good idea. Not only will you look unprepared and unconfident, but reading off a script will also blatantly affect how the interviewer perceives you and your professionalism. For a successful interview, be confident, trust yourself, and speak naturally.

3.Do Dress (Half) The Part

Although you won’t be meeting anyone in person, dressing professionally and making sure you appear polished and neat is important. In fact, it’s even more important to dress the part for a virtual interview because, without your physical presence, the interviewer can only get a sense of who you are and if you are a good candidate through two ways. The first is what you say, and the second is what they see. If they see that you look professional, it shows you care about this opportunity. One tip is to make sure that you test your location and webcam in advance. The lighting in the room and the view from your webcam all affect how you look. Plus, if you test and know that only your upper body will show, you can stay in your sweatpants and just dress your top half!

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Caption: To avoid being caught off guard during the interview, or having to improvise when your technology or plan doesn’t work, make sure you prepare ahead of time! Photo credit: EZ Talks

4. DON’T Be Shy

You may be confused about how the virtual interview process works for your specific situation or you may simply be unsure about how to ask questions. Some companies, such as EY, use virtual interviews through pre-recorded videos on a platform which allows you to practice before you submit your final attempt. Others expect to call you on Skype or over the phone and interview you in real time. Prior to your interview, you should confirm the details and the procedure for the virtual interview in order to avoid any complications. During your interview, it’s important to speak up and ask questions about what the next step will be and when you should hear back. Being proactive will help you in the long run!  

5. DO Practice Before 

You may have experience with interviews and feel like you don’t need to practice for this one. However, it is important to practice every time, especially for virtual interviews. You may feel uncomfortable speaking in front of a webcam or on a Skype call, or you may not know how to speak on the phone without being able to see the person you are talking to. By practicing beforehand, you can see how you look and find areas to improve on when you are speaking. Another important step is to have someone else watch your recorded practice interview. This is useful because they may notice something about you from their perspective which can help you improve. A key tip for webcam or Skype interviews is to practice looking at the webcam and away from your image on the screen. Although it may be hard to not focus on how you look, it’s essential to show that you are paying attention to the interviewer and not something else.

 

A virtual interview can be daunting at first, but learning how to prepare for it can make a career-changing difference! These interviews will become more and more common as technological innovations increase, and knowing how to approach them will only help. CWIB hosts many interview preparation workshops with companies which can be very helpful for learning about a specific company’s process. Make sure to take advantage of these workshops to keep learning about interview skills!

 

By: Lina al Taii

Networking on a Daily Basis

Learn why it’s important to network with peers and professors!

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As the new semester begins, it’s important to start strong and use new classes as an opportunity to meet people and make connections. Networking is a skill that’s important to use not only in clubs and professional organizations but as well as in your daily life. You never know when someone who may seem like just a normal acquaintance can become the source of good opportunities in your future. For example, the person you are sitting next to in your class might seem like another ordinary college student like you, but by taking a chance to talk to them and make a connection with them, you are opening yourself up to opportunities that may arise from your friendship with them!

Networking is a broad term that may refer to many different ways of connecting with people. The way most people think of it is in its formal sense, such as meeting older professionals at career fairs or networking events. While those are very important places to network, starting simple with the people surrounding you can be great practice because they are easily accessible and there is usually less pressure.

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Use this guide to networking to make lasting connections with those you meet! Photo credit: EarnMyDegree

Networking on a daily basis is much easier than it sounds. The most important thing to remember is to be friendly and talk about what you have in common with the other person(s). Common ground is always a great way to form a lasting connection with others because it allows you to get to know other people. It’s also important to not only talk to people with the sole intention of making a connection but to talk to them and get to know them with respect. This applies to both networking on a daily basis as well as networking at professional events with companies. Once you find a mutual topic that you two can talk about, it’ll be easier to digress into other topics (like future job opportunities, perhaps!)

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CWIB goes on several treks on the east coast that allow members to network with countless professionals!. Locations of treks include New York, Washington D.C., and Nashville. Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business

One great networking opportunity for anyone in CWIB is to simply reach out and connect with upperclassmen in CWIB. Though it may be daunting, remember that they were in your place and can help you! “During my sophomore year, I had a coffee chat with one of the co-founders to ask for advice on how to land an internship. I didn’t just walk out of that meeting with tips on how to get an internship, but I also formed a relationship with her,” senior Heather Sangalang shared. “The following year, she reached out to me and told me about an internship opportunity with the firm she works at now, and if I did not make that connection the previous year, I may not have this job opportunity! I am where I am now because of making this connection.” This goes to show that getting to know your peers is not only great because you get to gain a new friend, but also because it’s wonderful to enter the professional work-world with connections.

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Some CWIB leaders attended a Pamplin networking event and mingled with other Pamplin faculty and alumni! Photo credit: Pamplin College of Business

Aside from getting to know your peers and forming professional connections with them, it is also a good idea to talk to your professors and get to know them. The best way to form a connection with a professor in your field is just to introduce yourself, visit during office hours, and get to know them! Many times, you may learn a lot about the field or career you want to enter by speaking with your professors. In my case, when I spoke to my Economics professor, I got the opportunity to participate in economics experiments and studies, and get paid for doing so! Networking also applies to club or organization sponsors, advisors, and other professional people you may be in contact with. If you make the effort to get to know them, you can learn a lot about how they got to where they were, and the different routes you can take in your career. This is also a valuable part of networking, and a fantastic incentive to step out of your comfort zone and talk to others.

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Monthly meetings are attended by several of members, so chat to one (or two, or three!). Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business

Ultimately, the choice to speak up and meet people or sit back and observe quietly is your own. Remember, networking in college before entering the professional world doesn’t have to begin at job fairs or organizations. Taking the first step to start in your classes on a daily basis will prepare you for the professional world and give you the opportunity to practice with your peers. Collegiate Women in Business events are great places to practice your networking! The next monthly meeting is on February 6th, so we encourage you to approach someone you don’t already know and start up a conversation! See you all there!

 

By: Lina al Taii

 

 

Mary Barra: Driving the Auto Industry into the Future

Mary T. Barra is making history as the first female CEO in the automobile industry. She has brough great success to GM in her lifelong career there.

Mary T. Barra believes the auto industry will change dramatically in the next five to ten years and aims to be a driving force in that change as Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Motors (GM) Company. Barra envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so we can pass down a healthier planet to future generations; and zero congestion, so the precious commodity of time doesn’t have to be wasted sitting in traffic according to the GM Website. Holding the position of General Motors CEO since January 15th, 2014, Barra is the first female CEO of a major global automaker. Barra is focused on strengthening GM’s core car, truck, and crossover business while leading a mobility transformation in our society through innovations like electric cars, autonomous driving (self-driving cars) and car sharing. Barra aims to put the customer at the center of everything the company does. She is truly leading transformations in the auto-industry and shaping the future for women in business!

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Detroit, MI – May 9, 2018 – Mary Barra stands for a portrait at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Barra is the Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company. She has held the CEO position since January 15, 2014, and she is the first female CEO of a major global automaker.

Before becoming CEO, Barra was no rookie to working at GM, having worked there for 37 years! She served the company in many prior roles, such as Executive VP of Global Product Development, VP of Global Human Resources, VP of Global Manufacturing Engineering, and Plant Manager of Detroit Hamtramck Assembly. In fact, Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. Her true introduction to the automobile industry dates back to when she was an 18-year-old electrical engineering student whose job was to inspect fender panels and car hoods to pay her college tuition! After Barra graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1985, she attended Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship and received her MBA in 1990.

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Mary Barra has been with GM since the beginning of her career and now she has reached the top. Photo credit: Forbes

When it came to the race for GM’s CEO position in 2014, Barra was up against three men who held executive positions within the company and were seen as strong contenders for the role. According to Forbes, it has been said that Barra has accomplished more in three years than most CEOs do in 30 years. Barra’s personality is described as quiet and her leadership style is described as team-building and consensus-seeking centered, yet concise and decisive when it comes to making decisions, according to a New York Times article.

Barra has made decisions that other GM leaders never dared, like pushing to deliver the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the industry’s first affordable, long-range electric car, in record time, beating automakers like Tesla, according to Forbes. The record earnings of GM, driven by lower costs and higher prices on strong-selling vehicles, over the past three years since Barra has been CEO prove how effective her leadership has been to the company. When asked if she had any interest in switching careers, Barra responded, “I am 150% committed to General Motors. This is an incredibly exciting time because not only do I believe we are putting the best vehicles on the road that we have been in my career here, but when I look at the opportunities we have with autonomous (vehicles), with electrification, with connectivity, I’m very passionate about it…,” according to Forbes.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 16: Editor-in-Chief of WIRED Scott Dadich speaks with Chairman and CEO of GM Mary Barra on stage during the 2016 Wired Business Conference on June 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired)

Barra’s role as CEO of GM makes a statement in a world where just over 20 of the Fortune 500’s chief executives are women, according to the New York Times. Given the male-dominated culture of the auto industry and GM’s historical importance to the U.S. economy, the feat is even more notable. In 2017, Barra was listed number two in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women and number 5 on Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

In addition to her role at GM, Barra also serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and the Detroit Economic Club. She is also married with two children.

Barra’s leadership of GM is breaking down barriers for women in the auto-industry and driving innovations for positive change!

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Barra wears many hats, from GM CEO to a mother of two. Photo credit: Business Wire

By: Allison DeSantis

Happy Thanksgiving from CWIB!

Hello CWIB! We hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and a relaxing break. College can definitely be a very stressful time, especially as finals start to loom closer and closer. Amongst all the chaos, this is a great opportunity to take a step back and be thankful for all that we have. It is hard to believe that, not too long ago, there were no organizations like Collegiate Women in Business whose sole purpose was to empower, prepare, and connect young women so that they can establish a framework for a successful future. To honor this, we decided to interview a few of our members to get their take on why they are thankful for CWIB!

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Collegiate Women in Business is so fortunate to have so many talented and passionate members. The organization is what it is because of all of you! Photo credit: N/A. 

Isabel Barker is a freshman who is currently business undecided. When asked why she is thankful for CWIB, she stated, “It [CWIB] gives me the opportunity to meet other girls interested in business fields as well as prepares me for what’s to come after college! It has been really beneficial also because the speakers help to put the information I’m learning in my classes into context, allowing me to visualize the possibilities of different career paths.”

Another determined freshman, Kate Skowronek, had a similar answer. “I’m thankful for CWIB because it has given me the opportunity to meet motivated women that are always willing to give advice and share their experiences.” One thing that motivates the CWIB leadership team is hearing that the events we put on are helping our members. We look forward to our next set of guest speakers next semester and how they will make an impact on the young women in our organization.

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Guest speakers offer our members real-life perspectives on being a woman in business. Photo credit: Alexis Edwards

Caroline Sisson is a senior majoring in human development. She said, “I am thankful for CWIB because of the amazing opportunities to network and learn more about how to be a successful businesswoman. Especially not being a business major, the workshops and meetings provided me with information and support to confidently pursue my career goals.” It is amazing to see how Collegiate Women in Business is able to equip women with the tools they need to be successful, even if they are not business majors.

Caroline Macri is a freshman majoring in BIT. One of the main things we promote in CWIB is women helping women. Caroline notices this and said “I’m thankful for CWIB because it has afforded me the opportunity to meet other women in business who have perspective on real-world challenges. CWIB also benefits young women by giving us an established network of support.”

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Collegiate Women in Business acts as a support system, allowing women to make mutually beneficial relationships with one another. Photo credit: Alexis Edwards

Not only does Collegiate Women in Business empower women to chase after their professional dreams, but it can also assist in making them a reality! Dania Rivas, a junior in BIT, was incredibly grateful for this. She said, “I was able to visit EY on the DC trek and I grew very interested in the company after attending the panel with women who work there. I was able to learn a lot about EY’s work-life balance and the dedication of the firm to its employees. They pushed me to apply to their externship which led me to an internship for next summer.” Make sure you keep an eye out for the treks coming up next semester, you never know what could happen!

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Our treks are not only a great way to network and make connections, but they are also a way to make lasting memories with new friends.  Photo credit: N/A

The individual women you meet through CWIB can also help change your life. Sara Khorramshahgol, a junior BIT major, reflected on when she first met one of the Co-CEOs of CWIB and the impact she made. “She asked me to speak at one of the meetings and even though I was a super shy freshman, she really boosted my self-confidence. That’s when I thought CWIB is like my girl tribe. Meeting her and other members in CWIB who are just as empowering is what I needed during my time at VT.”

It is amazing to see the positive impact Collegiate Women in Business has had on our members. From inspiring women to step out of their comfort zones, to even being a small part in helping our members secure their dream jobs, we continue to live out the mission our founders created back in 2014. As those final exams and projects come up, and your stress starts to be a little more than you can take, remember to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the wonderful opportunities Virginia Tech and CWIB has been able to give you!

 

 

Top 5 Must Have Business Apps

As college students, our phones can sometimes be more distracting than useful. However, if you have the right applications and use your phone to boost your productivity, there is a lot to gain! There are many apps which you can get to make better use of your phone time, like calendar and planner apps, time management apps, and stress-reducing apps. Let’s use our phones to get prepared for the business world. After all, a well-organized, well-informed, and relaxed employee has a better chance of being successful than one who isn’t any of these things! Start by downloading these 5 productivity apps today!

1.Full Contact | Contact Manager

If you’re a business student, you’re definitely going to receive a lot of business cards at various professional events. These can easily be lost in your bag or your car, so download Full Contact | Contact Manager because it allows you to easily transfer your business cards to your contacts book. By taking a photo of the business card, this app stores the information on the business card on your phone. It’s that easy! Contact Manager is also connected to LinkedIn, so that person’s LinkedIn profile will show up once you add it to your contacts. This can be useful for keeping track of who you met, and reconnecting with them!

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2. Flora

Time management is something that most business students are striving to improve upon, especially with your phone available at all times to distract you! To solve your concentration problem, get Flora. This app motivates you to stay off your phone. To stay focused, you set a timer and each timer comes with a plant! If you exit the app and use your phone, the plant dies. As you continue to use it, you can grow different plants and create a nice garden! You can also challenge your friends to do it with you, and the plant’s life depends on you and your friends’ concentration. If one person uses his/her phone, the plant dies for the whole group! This app takes concentration to the next level.

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3. LinkedIn

As a business student, having the LinkedIn app on your phone should be just as essential as having Instagram or Twitter. This app is useful for networking, which is a skill that you will develop throughout your time as a student before entering the business world. It’s convenient to have the app so when you meet someone you can find his/her LinkedIn account and avoid forgetting! In addition, LinkedIn’s news feed allows the user to click on news stories that contain important information about relevant business events and business tips. LinkedIn is a great resource for business students to use to be exposed to the business world wherever you are! Do you want more tips on how to use LinkedIn? Come to CWIB’s LinkedIn workshop on November 28!

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4. My Study Life

This is the organizational app of your dreams. Catered specifically to students, it organizes your classes, tasks, and exams. This app also sends you reminders to do your work so it isn’t just a planner or a calendar. The best part is that it syncs across all your devices so you can use it on any device at any time! You will never let a homework assignment or exam slip your mind again!

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5. Headspace

No matter how much work you have to do, every student needs some relaxation time. Meditation is a good way to refocus your mind and refresh your perspective. However, many people find it hard to keep their mind clear during meditation, so guided meditation is a great way to start. Headspace is a guided meditation app that motivates you to be mindful. This app features different themed sessions, like ones specifically for sleep, anxiety, stress, and focus. Maintaining a work-life balance is extremely important for your long-term success, so start now by taking a few minutes every day to recharge and energize your mind!

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