On November 2, 2011, Angela Irvine, Director for Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs, and Prof. Melinda Micheletto of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting, accompanied eight AC/BU majors to the annual Key4Women Forum. The event is an important networking venue for the area’s female executives and entrepreneurs. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the contributions and achievements of the state’s leading female businesspeople. This year, the Forum honored Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, for her achievements as a woman in the business world. Ms. Powell’s comments focused on the topic of courage. The keynote speaker was Cindy Solomon, an internationally recognized speaker, writer, executive coach and consultant in the fields of customer service, customer loyalty, employee engagement and leadership. Ms. Solomon is the author of “Creating A Culture Of Courage: The Courage Challenge Workbook”.
Student feedback on the event was fantastic! Christine Trombley ’12 said “Cindy Solomon is an absolutely phenomenal speaker. I truly appreciated how she focused on all generations and how each group contributes to the work force.” Christine added that “it was a very empowering conference and I left wishing that all the strong women figures in my life could have attended!” Fellow BU senior Denise Belanger added that the Forum “… was an uplifting experience that not only led to some great conversations, it was inspirational and encouraging. I feel energized as I continue my job search rather than discouraged because as one career may seem to be closing, another opens up.” Andrea Park ’12 described Cindy Solomon as “…inspiring (and also hilarious)” and that the Forum was “a great experience.” AC/BU double major Lauren Southworth ’12 said she was “thankful to Saint Michael’s for this opportunity to hear first hand how these women navigate in the business world, and to have made some important networking contacts.”
Angela Irvine summarized the experience at the Forum by saying that this was the first time she had taken students to the event, which she has attended each year since 2005. In past years, she would attend with staff and/or faculty from the College. Angela wrote that “…having breakfast and participating in this event with students was very meaningful…The eight young women representing Saint Michael’s College truly reflect our future business leaders. I was very proud to be at the table with them.” Prof. Melinda Micheletto echoed those sentiments, saying she was “thrilled” to participate in it. She has already began working with Angela Irvine to attend next year’s Forum with some of our students.
Pictured left to right: Meghan Hayes ’12, Jacqueline O’Leary ’12, Christine Trombley ’12, Alexandra Tashjian ’12, Rachel Laufersweiler’12, keynote speaker Cindy Solomon, Denise Belanger ’12, Andrea Park’12, SMC Director for Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs Angela Irvine, Lauren Southworth ’12 and Prof. Melinda Micheletto.
The National Life Group, headquartered in Montpelier, VT, has been working closely with both the Department of Business Administration and Accounting and the Internship Office to recruit students into internships that can lead to full-time employment after graduation. NLG has developed an extensive range of internship areas, including finance, accounting, marketing, information technology, and actuary product development.
During the summer of 2011, four SMC students participated in the firm’s internship program, working in busines units ranging from Accounting to Audit/Risk Services to Product Development. Following up on the success of the summer program, NLG invited Saint Michael’s students to visit the company’s offices in Montpelier and meet with executives from various departments as a preview to an internship in either the spring or summer.
On October 26, Business & Accounting Department Chairman Robert Letovsky took five students to NLG, where they met with several NLG executives to discuss both internships and possible post-graduation opportunities.
Profs. Karen Popovich, Diane Lander and Robert Letovsky had their case study “Estonian Air’s Big Buy” published in the Winter 2011 edition of the Case Research Journal. The case describes the various aircraft options the airline’s senior managers had to evaluate as they planned a major fleet expansion, and guides students through a series of analytic techniques to show how aircraft acquisition decisions are made.
Lindsey graduated in 2009 with a double major in Business Administration and French. She is currently living in Pau, France (about two hours south of Bordeaux) and enrolled in an assistantship program through the French embassy. Lindsey works at a small high school in Nay (pronounced Nye), where she teaches high school students conversational English in small group settings (anywhere from 5 to 15 students). She reports that she is “… absolutely loving every minute! It’s great to be back in France .” [Lindsey studied abroad in Grenoble, France in her junior year]. She adds that “…I am thoroughly enjoying my time in the classroom; so much so, that I’m actually contemplating enrolling in the Saint Mike’s TESOL program!” Lindsey has maintained a blog of her experiences living and working in France, at lajoiedevivre87.wordpress.com.
Prof. Paul Olsen’s case study, “Controversial Burton Snowboards Spark Debate” appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of the Business Case Journal. The case describes the negative publicity generated by the designs Burton used on a new line of boards, and the ways the company reacted.
Over the past two years since graduating as Business major, Teddy has been living and working throughout New Zealand. She started traveling and landed a position as night manager and receptionist at a local hostel n the town of Wanaka, in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Teddy spent her first few months in the country working for the hostel, volunteering at local sporting events and “tiki” touring (cruising with no clear direction but purpose). In the winter (summer in North America), she began working at Treble Cone, Wanaka’s local ski field. In addition to working, Teddy was able to improve her skiing (she reports that Treble Cone is a real challenge) and “making powder turns with good mates.” This past winter (our summer), she returned to the ski center as assistant manager. Teddy also got involved in the mountain’s Ski Patrol, and has assisted in opening the chutes, setting up the groomers and sweeping the summit for the last skiers of the day. She has also received training in avalanche warning and reaction. Teddy is headed back to North America this month to start training and gaining certifications to be able to be on patrol for next season.
Not content to master the country’s mountains, Teddy has also experienced a wide range of other adventures, including learning to surf in the Catlins, at the bottom of New Zealand’s south island and the closest point to Antarctica; hiking up to the Rob Roy Glacier in the Matukituki Valley; and snorkling through the Blue Mao Mao cave, rated by the legendary French diver Jacques Cousteau as one of his all-time top ten dives. Teddy reports that “the best part about New Zealand are my mates, the people working to keep me coming back.” A wonderful custom which Teddy has been exposed to is the giving of Punamau (green stones) “when someone has touched your heart.” Teddy explains that according to the tradition, Punamau cannot be purchased for oneself , but rather can only be received as a gift. The recipient in turn must wear it before they pass it on. Teddy reports that “just yesterday I passed on my green stone which was given to me last year before I travelled back to America…. your best friends make your life a better one to be in and the green stone is a small way to show respect for their dedication. ”
This past October, Teddy accepted a position as the East Coast representative for Scott U.S.A, of Sun Valley, ID. Based in Burlington, VT, she will be responsible for the marketing of the brand’s running shoe and sports apparel lines.
Prof. Diane Lander’s paper, ” Real Options for Risk Management in Large Development Projects” has been accepted for publication in the journal Risk Management. The paper is co-authored with Prof. David N. Ford of Texas A&M University.
After graduating in May of 2009 with a double major in Accounting and American Studies, Steve eventually began working as a budget analyst for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. The Committee is responsible for creating the General Appropriations Act for the House, a budget which includes funding for all state programs in the Commonwealth. It also analyzes bills submitted by the House to determine the fiscal impact they may have. While at Ways and Means, Steve has been responsible for building appropriation recommendations for the Chairman of the Committee for all accounts of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Veterans Services and Soldiers’ Homes. Recently, Steve was promoted to the position of Revenue Director. In this new role, he will be monitoring revenue projections and analyzing how changes in those revenues impact state spending.