Business and policy leaders looking for answers in the transformed world of social media need research that balances academic rigor with relevance, the Academy of Management’s new president-elect told participants Aug. 3, 2014, during the group’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.
No Role Model, No Excuse
A business mentor would have been helpful for Cara Weikel, MBA ’12, during her high school or undergraduate studies.
“My skills and my interests were well-aligned with business,” she said. “I just had no idea. Business just was not on the radar because I had no role models at all in business.”
Instead, she gravitated toward something familiar, working for three years as a middle school chemistry teacher before realizing she might have an
Manager Learns to Blend Multiple Roles
Sherika Shaw Ekpo, MBA ’09, made her time count at Smith.
International Perspective Shapes Gender Discussions
Chinese expatriate Stella Liu, MS ’13, had the full support of her parents when she arrived in the United States to study business at the Smith School.
“My parents seldom hinder my decisions,” she said. “There was no one standing in my
Insights from a Shared Cup of Coffee
Brenda Freeman, MBA ’92, arrived at Pepsi as a young professional with marriage and children still in her future. Like many businesswomen, she wondered how these personal decisions would affect her career.
One woman who seemed to have the answers was Pepsi’s chief operating officer, a mother of three. “How did she do it?” Freeman asked herself.
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