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Why All Majors Need This Graduate Degree

November 1, 2018

In a world where your career path can span multiple job functions and take on new industries, having the tools that make you agile can be invaluable. Regardless of your current specialty or degree achievements, business school can help specialize your skills, accelerate your career, and enable job flexibility.

Discover the value of graduate business school and how the real-world experiences and engaging leadership opportunities help prepare you for success—no matter where your journey takes you.

Get the Skills that Matter

When it comes to succeeding in the workplace, and in your career at large, you’ll need a delicate balance of hard and soft skills. Sure, when you’re applying for a job, it’s your talents and qualifications that help your resume stand out. But when it comes to the interview, and beyond, it’s equally as important that you can effectively communicate and collaborate with your colleagues.

Did you know that, on average, employers value communication skills over managerial, quantitative, and technical skills?  With b-school, you’ll not only deepen your expertise but also refine the personal attributes that lead to long-term career success.

Climb the Leadership Ladder

Once you’ve landed your dream job, climbing the proverbial ladder can be slow, frustrating, and unpredictable. Regardless of your expertise, it can be difficult to forge ahead and carve a pathway to leadership. Eighty-seven percent of b-school grads believe the skills they developed in b-school moved them further along in their career. And 86 percent say their program prepared them for leadership positions. 

A b-school degree offers a broad mixture of skills and abilities—from leadership to complex problem-solving—and the comprehensive curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects, including real-life case studies and consultancy projects that propel students down a path to leadership.

Shift Your Career Path

With today’s level of innovation, new industries and career opportunities are emerging at a staggering rate. Some jobs are becoming obsolete and others are evolving to keep pace with progress. As personal preferences shift and family considerations arise, there are many reasons you might decide to leave your job or switch careers. Having tools that make you flexible can be vital to ensuring you find professional fulfillment.

B-school is an attractive path for students who want the flexibility to change jobs or industries. With a degree that expands on knowledge, and exposes you to new disciplines, you’ll have the tools you need to take on new territories.

Maximize Your ROI

A graduate business degree increases not only your employability, but your earning potential too. With a specialized master’s degree, your median salary is likely to start $10,000 over that which you’d earn with a bachelor’s degree alone; an MBA can earn you a $50,000 bump.  When you consider the wide variety of graduate business schools and programs, examine your return on investment.

Ask yourself: what is required from you and what will you gain from this decision? Make sure your decision helps set you up for future financial success and that you’ll be able to recoup your investment.

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How I Landed At IBM

By Sophia Caputo

October 11, 2018

Sometimes you really ought to look before you leap. 

Other times, though, you just need to do the leaping before the looking. And that’s exactly what I did this past April when I was presented with the opportunity to work for IBM as a Financial Analyst Co-op.

It was mid April, a week or two after spring break, when I got an email from the career relations liaison at my school notifying me that IBM had an open co-op position for the June – January cycle, and that the dean of the business honors program had referred me (and three of my classmates) for the position. I responded within the minute saying that I was most definitely very interested and excited about the 6 month, full time, paid co-op at IBM (as one does when there is only one available position and four individuals emailed about that position). And about 5 minutes later I realized that it was a paid, full time, 6 month commitment – so naturally I started to freak out a bit. Still, my name was sent in to the hiring manager for the entire finance organization at IBM, I filled out an application (as a formality), and my interview was scheduled within a few days.

I’m sure some of you have been there – at your current place of work, smack dab in the middle of application season, which means interviews, which means scheduling phone and video interviews on your lunch break. Yup, I did that too. I was sitting in my horribly bare cubicle that seemed huge because of the lack of decoration when I talked to my now manager for about 40 minutes. Prior to my interview, I hopped on the phone with a friend and mentor of mine who went through the same co-op program I was interviewing for, and had received a full time offer upon graduation (he’s working at IBM now). 

When you’re interviewing for a company, it is always a good idea to prepare. Learn about the company, what they’re selling, what the culture is described as, what they describe their culture as; understand the company and their values. Speaking with someone who understands from first hand experience is the best way to prepare, in my opinion. 

We talked about how IBM is in the cognitive era, how they are more of a software company now, and how they are continuously striving to adapt and stay relevant. I was able to use this information during my interview which helped in the sense I already had some understanding of what my manager was talking about. I also had the opportunity to discuss some of the classes I took, one of which was Emotional Intelligence – the cool part was that IBM just started Emotional Intelligence education sessions for their finance managers.

The interview felt more like a conversation, and by the end of it I was pretty sold on the idea of joining the IBM family. Now, I just had to convince my family.

You see, I live about 40 minutes north of New York City. For a good 18 years before that, I lived in Central California (and if any internships ask, that is my permanent address and yes I would appreciate a relocation stipend); that’s still where my parents and younger siblings live. Also, I still hadn’t even finished my first year of college when I got that email – I came in a year ahead of the game (thank you AP credits). The cherry on top was I had an offer for another internship that would have me part time in D.C., and part time back in my home town. My parents preferred the idea of me coming home for a bit, but after a bit of coaxing and convincing (and realizing I wasn’t just chasing a paycheck), they were fully supportive. 

Now, 4 months in, my day to day is very different than most co-ops. Although I’m a financial analyst, I’m not forecasting or budgeting. Currently, my team is working on a project to restructure the way in which attract talent and recruit on college campuses – and I’m actually getting to take the lead on it. We’re running a design thinking workshop which involves bringing in IBMers with anywhere from two weeks to forty years in order to get fresh points of view and perspectives to help us brain storm innovative ways to attract talent; this is just one instance where I’ve gotten exposure to higher ups within the company. I also organize various social and professional events for new higher and co-ops, including round tables with executives (SVPs, Directors, and CFOs). As the co-op on the Finance & Operations team, one of my other responsibilities include running Slack education sessions for various teams within Finance. 

IBM was not a part of my plan, but I am so grateful that it has opened my eyes to the world of corporate finance and exposed me to a positive culture that I value and could see myself at in the future. Because of the my attitude and my work ethic throughout my first year of school, I was recognized as a strong candidate for an amazing opportunity – no matter what you’re doing, people will take notice if you’re working hard and striving for success. Wherever you end up, there are ways to add value to a company and take ownership of the work you’re doing; IBM has truly given me that opportunity…and landing at this company was not part of my initial plan. 

As you continue on your path, don’t be afraid to sometimes leap before looking. You might not know where you’re going to land, and you very well might get spooked…but if you’re willing to leap, it will be worth it. 

Sophia Caputo packed her bags and moved from California to New York to study Business Finance at Mercy College, where she will be graduating in May of 2020. She aspires to gain a wide array of experiences in finance, in both the corporate finance and banking world, while pursuing opportunities to give back to the theater community, which has impacted her life since it first became her passion in her childhood.

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My Side Hustle Story: From Dining Hall Worker to Online Entrepreneur

By Alejandra Carriazo

September 18, 2018

It was nearing the end of another 5-hour shift at the dining hall, and the clock ticked eleven. I stood polishing up the last of the fine silverware from one of our house dinners, making conversation with one of my coworkers about our papers due the next day. With sleepy smiles and goodbyes we hung up our hats, closed up shop, and walked back to our apartments. I liked my coworkers and I knew my work was valuable, but as I dragged my tired feet along under the midnight sky and rubbed my aching shoulders, I wondered somewhere if there was something more stimulating (and less exhausting) I could do as a part time job.

I stifled this hope for a while – pickings were slim, and what could I do as a college sophomore with no experience except minimum wage work? But one day after another long shift, as I noted some store returns I had to make at a faraway mall, I thought: “I know a lot about clothes. What if I can sell this is at a profit?”

So I made a bet with myself: I’m going to sell these clothes I bought on sale for a bit of profit. If I do, my entrepreneurial dream has a chance.

Within a week I had found buyers for all of the things I had purchased, and what’s more, I made more in profit than I would have in that week’s shift of work. This work was fun, less tiring, and exciting, and I found myself thinking about potential investments while serving food the next week, eager for the next challenge.

For the next few months, I experimented with selling different clothing brands, and got a feel for the markets by talking to buyers on different selling platforms (Poshmark, Mercari, Depop, eBay and Vinted), learning about each selling platform’s buying audience, and tracking selling trends online. I set up an Excel spreadsheet to calculate my profit margins and the time it took to time to sell each item, and slowly,  I was learning. I zeroed in on a few brands that I knew a lot about – Anthropologie, Free People, and Wildfox – and cycled some others in and out.

Most importantly, I spent the time to handwrite thank you cards and package all my sales in neat, pretty wrapping paper. I shipped within a day and maintained prompt communication. After all, my customers were the heart of everything, and I wanted to show my appreciation and love for them.

And they appreciated me back – before long, I was making my salary for a month at the dining hall in a third of the time.

One fateful night about three months into my new venture, I woke up at about 4am and couldn’t sleep. Half-awake, I checked the sites I frequented for buying on my phone, and saw it: a rare printed hoodie in pristine condition everyone had been looking for on Poshmark from a 2011 limited edition collection, that someone had priced for $30. I bought it immediately – I knew this was going to be big.

And I was right. When it finally arrived neatly packaged to my dorm room, I spent half an hour taking pictures to get just the right lighting, and posted it excitedly. No one had sold this in recent history, so I thought, “I’m going to put some outrageous price on this just to see how people respond.” I priced it for $300. No one would buy it for that price. I would accept my best offer.

Or so I thought.

Four hours after I posted it, I was leaving a class and my phone vibrated. It had just sold for $300.

I stood there for a moment, struggling to process that not only I had just sold an item for ten times more than what I paid for it, but that I had made more than my month’s salary – a month of long, achy night shifts – in the half hour it had taken me to buy and post something.

It was decided. I gave in my two weeks’ notice to the dining hall manager when I came in for my next shift and decided to focus more on my side hustle. Over the next year, I played around with different styles and brands and scaled up my buying – at one point, I had 1,000 items listed online and was shipping out about 10 items a week.

I’m no Sophia Amoruso, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes – buying unpopular items that end up sitting, unclaimed and lonely, in a storage box – but I also had a lot of successes that kept me pushing forward. To date, I’ve made about $15,000 in aggregate income, and about half of that is profit. Not bad for a few hours a week.

The autonomy of running and managing my own online shop, even if it was just a side hustle, was incredibly liberating and exciting. I still sell on a low-key basis (I’ve mostly stopped to focus more on school and my summer internships), and still, two and a half years in, I’m learning more every day about how to sell, how to communicate with customers, and how to balance profits and expenses.

The best part? It was so much fun! I love clothes – you’d be hard pressed to find someone who loves them more than I do. I used to think that was a vice, but I’ve turned it into an asset. Anyone with a niche amount of knowledge has knowledge that can set them apart from others, and this creates value.

Do you know a lot about video games? Trading cards? Sneakers? Vinyl records? Chances are you know more than the next person, and if you want to you can turn any knowledge you thought was useless trivia into profit. You just have to learn to see it.

I’m Alejandra Carriazo, a History major at Cornell University set to graduate in the spring of 2019. My dream job would definitely be working in creative marketing and e-commerce in a company where I’m able to experiment with a lot of different projects!

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What Does it Mean to “Lean In?”

By Aury Cifuentes

March 29, 2018

Leaning In has been a phrase used for a while in which there is suggested power dynamic to a woman’s role in the firm. Our Women in Business organization at TCNJ did a series of articles for Women’s History Month and there are various implications to what this phrase can mean in a collegiate setting. 

Last semester, Women in Business introduced “Lean In Bingo” as one of our icebreaker activities, but the takeaways were greater than simply networking. The bingo board was available online as a supplement for those familiar with Sheryl Sandberg’s book and her concept of creating mentorship “circles” for women and allies. During the activity, some of the squares were intentionally a bit more difficult but for a good reason. Squares such as “is looking for a leadership opportunity” or “knows how to write code” were among other quirkier ones such as “is a twin.” This simple game had research behind practically every topic on the board, and some of the statistics were truly eye-opening. 

For example, HBR explored how women tend to only apply for jobs in which they meet 100% percent of the qualifications while their male counterparts apply even when they just reach 60%. Thus the leadership square highlighted this disparity and the differences in approaching an application whether for a job, internship, or internal position. Further, the coding square represented the lack of women represented in the tech sector. The other day, Sandberg replied to a Quora question via her official account that she does not know how to code, but she is learning just like many women out there. Although non-profits like Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code are targeting the youngest demographics, in general, there can be benefits to anyone at any age that is willing to learn something new.

Ultimately, “Leaning in” can mean something different for everyone. To some, it involves redefining and challenging certain internal biases of yourself and others. While the unlearning and re-wiring can be difficult, it is unique for every individual too. We run the risk of not achieving our full potential if we are not regularly evaluating our strengths and weaknesses while remaining proactive even in the face of adversity. All of this is exhausting work and can carry an even more substantial burden on people of color who deal with additional systematic stressors throughout their lives. 

When negativity takes over, it seems like there appears to be little to no change in society, school, or the workplace but in reality, change is happening. That change will not only shape history but also inspire others to keep fighting the good fight regardless of the seemingly glacial pace. This change can be in the context of gender equality, environmental initiatives, or even the next unknown movement on the brink of being a national success; the fact that it is a different focus for everyone diversifies our chances of making progress toward the greater good.

Similar to the gradual preparation in studying for a big exam, while an all-nighter might seem lucrative when the alternatives to studying are much more appealing just because it works for a classmate does not guarantee similar results on your test day. It is important to realize that college is a time to find your learning curve and maximize your time relative to what you believe in, whether or not you agree with the message behind Sandberg’s movement.

Even though “Leaning In” is rarely talked about explicitly during lecture, various organizations on campus are hubs of not only social change but also professional development for those interested in turning the conversation into action. I encourage you to not only find that organization but also find your unique contribution as a member, alum, or naturally curious individual and share it with someone. Lastly, inclusion, whether on a collegiate, corporate, social, or political scale, can be created when everyone can promote equality at any level they can influence.

Aury Cifuentes is a very bubbly senior at The College of New Jersey. As an Economics major with a concentration in Social Justice she is happily working on a capstone project, internship, and thesis this year. When she isn’t studying, Aury is actively participating in the community through the Bonner Service program and working closely with her E-Board as president of Women in Business this year.

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Tips for Networking

By Megha Karthikeyan

March 27, 2018

Business students have heard the buzz word “networking” plenty of times, but many don’t realize the significant role it plays in recruiting and getting internships. Big banks like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, and Barclays travel to college campuses all over the country and the world and host information sessions, coffee chats, and even mock interviews. Many have “discovery days” where students can visit the offices and attend workshops with recruiters. A lot of this information is given at networking events, making them very important. It can be confusing to figure out what events to go to since college students are very busy, but if you have the time, it is beneficial to attend as many events as possible. There are ways to maximize your time at networking events which I’ve broken down below. 

Information Sessions

Information sessions can be hectic because there can be tons of students with a few recruiters. Usually recruiters will have a panel or presentation that discusses the company and different job functions with people giving their personal anecdotes of how they got to the company and why it was the best fit for them. This is the time to write down the names of the people whom you’re interested in talking to, along with some basic content that they said. If there are multiple panelists, it can get confusing to figure out which person said what, so bringing a notebook can be very helpful. 

After the presentation ends, recruiters will often talk about “discovery days” or conference programs they have that will give you greater exposure to the company. These require applications, so paying attention to deadlines and requirements is important. The recruiters may end by going over internship timelines along with how the selection process works, and then open the floor for questions. Although it is important to ask questions, in crowded events like information sessions, you may not be able to get your question in. Don’t worry if this happens! At the end of these events, there will be time to speak individually with recruiters or at least get into smaller groups to ask your questions.

When this happens, it can be stressful because everyone is vying for the attention of the recruiters and it can seem competitive. Be patient, listen to others, and feel free to chip in to any conversations others are having while being respectful and not interruptive. If you can get a few minutes of one-on-one time with a recruiter, use that time to ask any specific questions or introduce yourself. Start up a conversation to connect yourself with the recruiter, and at the end, ask for their business card. 

The key part of getting the business card is using it. Make sure to thank the recruiters you spoke with and even refer to specific points in your conversation, so they remember who you were amongst the many students that came. 

Coffee Chats

Coffee chats are by far my favorite form of networking. They are usually one-on-one with a recruiter or an analyst and you can gain so much information from a short, 20-minute conversation. When companies come to campuses, they will have sign ups for coffee chats, so sign up as soon as possible. They often have a finite number of time slots, so getting yourself time with a recruiter is important. 

I recommend bringing a copy of your resume to the coffee chat. Since this isn’t a formal interview, you can often ask the recruiter or analyst to look over your resume and ask them for any improvements or tips. It will show them that you are prepared and give you valuable insight. Since coffee chats are so personal, it is crucial that you come with questions in mind. From personal experience, these chats are driven by you, not the recruiter. They won’t have a presentation or elaborate talking points, so it is expected that you come up with good questions for them to answer. They can range from logistics questions about the application to division specific questions about company roles. 

Because this is a one-on-one conversation, making a good impression and building your connection with the recruiter is important. They will be more likely to remember you since you did a coffee chat than someone they met at an information session. However, this will only happen if you keep in touch with them after the coffee chat. Getting their business card, asking questions and getting them to put you in contact with other analysts is a good way to maximize your coffee chat connection. 

Mock Interviews/Prep

Some firms will offer interview prep sessions or even mock interviewers with recruiters. These are useful to go to because you get more insight into what interviews will be like and you get a chance to practice. If you’ve been to the information session, attended a coffee chat, and then attend the mock interview, you will be showing a greater interest in the company. Even though it is a practice interview, it is important to have some preparation done beforehand. You aren’t expected to ace the mock interview or be an expert, but showing that you are trying your best on the mock interview will send the signal that you are prepared and care about getting the internship. Some people are afraid of doing mock interviews because analysts or recruiters from the company are interviewing them and they don’t want to mess up, but these interviews are the time to get feedback and tips for improvement. As long as you try your best and seem prepared, you will come out with stronger interview skills and a greater connection with the recruiters. 

Megha Karthikeyan is from Vienna, Virginia and attends the University of Virginia. She intends to double major in Economics and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce with finance and information technology concentrations. Megha will graduate from UVA in 2020. She hopes to work in the finance industry as a finance or risk analyst, but is also looking at working in investment banking.

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Internship Dos and Don’ts

By Casey Tsamis

March 15, 2018

Internships can be the greatest experience of your life and expose you to some amazing experiences in the real world. It’s great to have at least one internship before graduating, and
even better if you’ve had a couple more. Here is a full list of do’s and don’ts, from starting an internship to finishing it.

Do: Apply to a bunch

You have nothing to lose by applying to several internships. It’s good practice to send out a résumé and cover letter anyway.

Don’t: Try to get a paid internship as your first one

Look for experience first before money. That experience will eventually lead you to paid internships, and you’ll thank yourself for taking an unpaid internship.

Do: Ask questions during the interview

Ask what a typical day is like or what the dress code is. You want to seem interested in the job and ask important questions to your future supervisor. No question is a dumb question, either.

Don’t: Expect a virtual internship to be easy

Just because you can work remotely from your laptop doesn’t mean it will be an easy job. Make sure you give 100 percent to this and really plan your day to working on your assignments for the week.

Do: Tell your supervisor if you can’t get to something right away

If you received three different tasks you have to finish before lunch, and a different department asks for your help, it’s okay to tell them that you’re working on a couple other things, but can do it right after lunch. It’s better to communicate with people instead of promising something that you’re not sure will be done.

Don’t: Show up late

Especially in small offices, everyone will be able to tell if you come in late. If you know you’ll be a couple minutes behind, send an email and let them know you’ll be there as soon as possible.

Do: Stay connected once the internship is over

Keep in touch with people from the office once the internship ends, because you can use them as a reference once you start applying for jobs.

Don’t: Leave the internship without a thank you note

Buy a card for your supervisor and leave them a handwritten message on the card thanking them for their time and the wonderful experience you had. Also feel free to throw in a small gift if you’d like.

Casey Tsamis is a senior journalism student at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is a Division III athlete as well as the Vice President of her sorority, Xi Gamma Nu. Casey spends her free time exploring the latest fashion and beauty trends, and her dream job is to work at Too Faced.

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Job Opportunities in Business that are Different from Investment Banking

By Megha Karthikeyan

March 8, 2018

There are many lines of work one can do in business, but the most popular job that people go into is investment banking. Banking can be a very intense job and people often think that it is the only job when going into the finance industry. There are many different opportunities to work in business that aren’t just investment banking like finance, risk, compliance, and operations. 

Finance

Finance can often be split into treasury and tax subdivisions in many companies. Treasury involves analyzing the company’s finances and looking at how the company is doing in terms of debt, equity, and general financial health. It is a very important job because they regulate the company’s budget and collaborate with other divisions. The tax subdivision makes sure that the company is following tax regulation and analyzes the profit and losses of the company. They are responsible for making sure the financial statements that are prepared are up to par for external and internal purposes. 

Risk

In some companies, risk is a part of finance while others have it as a separate division. In this division, you do a lot of risk modeling where you look at lending structures and measure liquidity and credit risk. A lot of the work in risk requires data analysis and research skills. Doing work in the risk division will give you a broader understanding of how the company runs and give you a chance to work with different people and on different projects. 

Compliance

Compliance often has risk modeling aspects to the job but also deals with regulations and the law. They make sure that the private wealth management, securities, investment banking, and other divisions are following SEC regulations and that there isn’t any insider trading going on. Compliance can have various jobs within it like anti-bribery units as well as teams assigned to look at cryptocurrency markets and cyber terrorism. It is a very broad division with many different job opportunities, so depending on what you are interested in, compliance could be a good option for you. 

Operations

Operations makes sure that day-to-day functions of the company run smoothly, so people in this division work with employees from many different lines of work. They focus on efficiency and streamline various business processes so that divisions can do their work. This job will be great if you want to have a wide variety of responsibilities from financial analysis to designing processes. 

These are just a few of the jobs that exist in the finance industry that aren’t investment banking. Although investment banking is a great opportunity to work on deals and learn more about mergers and acquisitions, there are also other amazing jobs out there that will let you work in the finance industry. 

Megha Karthikeyan is from Vienna, Virginia and attends the University of Virginia. She intends to double major in Economics and Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce with finance and information technology concentrations. Megha will graduate from UVA in 2020. She hopes to work in the finance industry as a finance or risk analyst, but is also looking at working in investment banking.

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Will Young College Women Have to Walk the Gender Tightrope?

By Eileen Zhou

February 27, 2018

In the professional fields of business, technology, healthcare, and education, women have made great strides in increasing their visibility and representation. But with each hard fought triumph comes another barrier to entry. Women in the corporate world and in college classrooms increasingly feel that they are walking the gender tightrope. 

So what exactly is this phenomenon? Well first, think about a time when you had to assume a leadership position and assert yourself. You most likely had to be strong, confident, and driven. That being said, women, in the process of gender socialization, are not taught or expected to be ambitious, assertive, or even the slightest bit aggressive. They are taught to be communal and caring, having the exceptional ability to read into micro expressions and accommodate others accordingly. As a result, when women take on leadership roles and exude characteristics that make up a great leader, they often act in direct violation with their generally accepted “roles.” And experience shows that this does not always sit well in the workplace. This “violation” can often paint women as rude, self-centered, and unsympathetic. 

Now that we have established this underlying phenomenon, what can women, especially young college women, do to navigate this seemingly impossible situation? 

Think critically about your qualities and contributions as a leader or team member

Identifying and addressing the gender tightrope does not inherently mean that all women must feel the need to be assertive and overtly powerful. It is instead important to assess your brand as an individual and the value proposition you offer to those you are working with. If you are a soft-spoken but analytical and considerate individual, those are equally important characteristics that make a great leader. Above else, feeling a sense of comfort with who you are and what you offer are essential to the framework of feminism. 

Rather than only learning how to walk the tightrope, engage in active dialogue about the double standard women face

While a highly progressive period is certainly upon us, the reality is that women function by very different standards still. Rather than teaching young women how to tread carefully so as to not step on toes, it is more important to ask the hard questions. Why do organizations feel that women only become suitable leaders when companies are sinking ships, a position that makes it impossible to succeed? Why is the act of anger expressed by women viewed so starkly different than when expressed by men? These are the conversations that are to be had in order to forge a better tomorrow for all individuals in the work place.

Try to avoid committing woman on woman hate

In a society where the workplace is still an uphill battle for women, the last thing we want is for women to be their own downfall. Rather than tearing other women down and feeling the need to vie for certain positions, we should instead build each other up and encourage women to take up leadership in any way that they can. Building success requires a mutual understanding of respect. 

Eileen Zhou is a Maryland native currently attending Cornell University. She is a sophomore in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management concentrating in finance and strategy. Through her major and campus involvements, Eileen has a keen interest in strategic thinking and a future in management consulting. Although business is her central passion, she tries to foster an eclectic and interdisciplinary approach to her coursework and career aspirations!

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