Business degree students in the Leadership and Management course at Globe University-Appleton were given the opportunity to listen in as three local professionals shared their stories of success through goal development and perseverance.
To begin the project, students selected three career fields they were interested in after graduation. Business Program Chair Alisa DiSalvo knew that the impact of each story provided the student a real world approach to establishing a career, overcoming obstacles, and being open to change and challenges.
“After each presentation and open question session, the students discussed the impact of what was heard and related the new information to their path,” DiSalvo said. “The result is each speaker, even though potentially not in the area of the students’ interest, was able to connect and impact the thought process of all students in resume building, leadership approach, goal development and personal factors.”
The three local professionals were able to share inspiring stories with the students:
Ann Stawski, author and former vice president of marketing for Oshkosh Truck, shared her story of how she grew her business career in marketing post-graduation. She shared insights into how to gain experience, prepare a portfolio, manage as a woman in a male dominated industry, and job advancement.
“Ann provided outstanding advice to students on steps to get started on now prior to graduation, and tips for networking,” DiSalvo added.
Kimberley Stevens, campus director of Globe University-Appleton, shared her story of starting a family, building a career, and the importance of balance. Her journey personally and professionally resonated with the students and instilled encouragement to continue moving forward in all endeavors. Kim’s exceptional work ethic and ability to relate to professionals and students exemplified qualities a leader should possess.
Kathy Flores, diversity coordinator for the City of Appleton, shared her journey of finding her passion personally and professionally. Kathy’s exceptional journey was not an easy path, but one created through perseverance.
As a leader in Appleton, Kathy is continually working with culturally diverse groups, charities, and local government to support growing cultural awareness in the community. Her journey resonated with our students on how no matter how the cards fall, you are in charge of your destiny. Perseverance and passion carry you through all aspects of your life and lead you to find your authentic true self.