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2017 Honors Program Spring Banquet

On May 15, the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program hosted its 19th annual spring banquet at the Ford Alumni Center. Students, their families, and faculty members gathered together to celebrate and recognize the 2015-2017 cohort and their completion of the Honors Program curriculum and resulting graduation from the program.

Keynote speaker Jonathan Evans began the evening by sharing his experiences as co-founder and CEO of Skyward IO, a Verizon company. Skyward is a revolutionary drone operations company that Evans started during his time in the Oregon MBA program in 2012. Since then, Skyward has grown tremendously and recently merged with Verizon. Evans shared inspiring stories from his company as well as important lessons that he learned through his business experience. As Evans discussed making it through Skyward’s most challenging years, he emphasized the importance of persevering and maintaining core values. By sharing his story, Evans hoped to spark students’ curiosity to explore new things—after all, that’s how Skyward began years ago.

Sahar Petri, the 2016 Leadership Award recipient, announced two award winners. First, Julie Meunier of the 2016-2018 cohort received the 2017 Leadership Award. Meunier is highly involved in the Lundquist College of Business, notably working as a Duck Guide and as a member of the Oregon Consulting Group. Next, Doug Wilson was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Award. Wilson taught the honors capstone course, BA 453H, in which teams of students worked on projects with the City of Albany.

Next, Amanda Gonzales led a look back on the 2017 Honors Program alternative break trip to Guatemala. Gonzales took time to thank the generous sponsors, donors, and all of the other individuals who made it possible for 11 students to travel with Where There Be Dragons, an experiential learning organization, this past spring break.

Honors Program director Deb Bauer followed Gonzales to present the final award of the night, the 2017 Student Achievement Award. This award is given to the graduating member with the highest GPA. This year’s recipient was Jack Miller. Bauer also recognized members of the student management board for their hard work and contribution to the program’s success this past year.

Graduating senior Ben Tesluk ended the night with a speech reflecting on the 2015-2017 cohort’s time in the Honors Program. He emphasized his appreciation for his cohort, whose members are now close friends, and for the opportunities the program provided. Tesluk also thanked Bauer for her enormous contributions to the program over the years, as she is finishing her final year as program director. Bauer received a standing ovation from banquet attendees as Tesluk presented her with a thank you gift from the graduating class.

The evening was full of inspiration and recognition of notable people involved in the Honors Program. The banquet marked 35 students’ successful completion of the program, a significant challenge and honor worthy of celebration.

Story by Carolyn Graeper ’18. Graeper is a business administration major with a minor in art. She will spend this summer working before traveling to Denmark to participate in a fall semester exchange program at Copenhagen Business School. Graeper will graduate in spring 2018.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

2017 Honors Program Spring Site Visit to Nike

In May, members of the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program were invited to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon for a campus tour and panel discussion with long-time Nike employees.

The tour included visits to numerous buildings dedicated to the different departments that make up the Nike brand. Some notable buildings included the Michael Jordan building and Prefontaine Hall. It was amusing to hear about Nike’s humble beginnings making sales out of the back of a van in Eugene. The storytellersmdash;as Nike fondly calls their guides—gave students insight into how the campus and numerous intramural clubs, courts, fields, and gardens all contribute to Nike’s incredible business culture. The stories of sports legends like Mia Hamm and Jerry Rice demonstrated Nike’s culture of treating its sponsored athletes as part of the team.

Students explored the many food options available during their lunch break, during which they shared what they had enjoyed most about the tour and what they had learned about Nike’s history. Nike’s cafeteria space provides employees with a place to come together and interact over lunch, creating an exciting and vibrant atmosphere.

After lunch, students attended a panel discussion comprised of Nike employees, the majority of whom were part of the golf division. The panelists included Aaron Heiser, David Pearce, Collette Hemmings, Jarod Courtney, and moderator Heather Broderick. Each panelist shared the story of their career paths and the challenges that they faced along the way. Many of the panelists had experienced career journeys best described as nomadic, experiencing Nike’s global reach by landing positions in the U.K., Europe, and Asia. Another aspect of Nike life the group discussed was how interconnected the business culture is to their everyday activities.

Each panelist discussed the Nike company value that spoke to them most and that they keep in the back of their mind to help guide their way through decisions and challenges. During the Q&A portion, the panelists were candidly open and honest about their experiences. From the closure of the golf equipment sector to the struggles of following your career in unfamiliar places, their stories resonated with students on both a mental and emotional level.

To conclude the day, Honors Program students received access to the Nike company store, where they had the opportunity to purchase merchandise and further mingle with their peers. All students left full of insightmdash;many left with bags full of Nike gear as well.

Story by Liam Jacobs and Nick Miller, 2016-2018 Honors Program cohort members. Jacobs is a business administration major, concentrating in sports business with a minor in economics. He will spend this next school year as a marketing and promotions intern for UO Athletics, and graduates in spring ‘18. Miller is a business administration major with a concentration in finance. He is also pursuing a second major in economics. This summer he will hold a position as a summer analyst at Ascent Private Capital Management, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, in San Francisco. Miller will graduate in spring ‘19.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Students Travel to Guatemala

The Lundquist College Business Honors Program took its sixth annual alternative break trip to Guatemala during the week of spring break in late March 2017. The program partnered with Where There be Dragons, an experiential learning-based organization, to expose students to cross-cultural education, global citizenship, and opportunities for individual growth. Eleven students from the program—led by Honors Program director, Deb Bauer—participated in the trip and engaged in extending their learning outside of the classroom.

The group travelled to Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site, as well as various communities around Lake Atítlan, where the group was able to experience local Guatemalan culture. For four nights of the trip, students stayed with host families in San Lucas Toliman. Living with host families proved to be a very challenging, but also a rewarding experience for all. Many students didn’t speak Spanish, but learned to communicate in other ways and made meaningful connections with their host families by cooking together, playing games with their host siblings, or spending time together in the evenings.

The group spent their days visiting various organizations and individuals in the community where they learned about traditional Mayan culture, Guatemalan history, sustainable agriculture practices, and the current social, political, and economic challenges that the people of Guatemala are facing.

The group spent a number of days with the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching local Guatemalans how to incorporate sustainable agricultural practices and traditional Mayan agriculture techniques into their daily lives. IMAP serves communities around Lake Atitlan and is dedicated to promoting food sovereignty, community development, and the preservation of local biodiversity and ancestral knowledge. With IMAP, the group learned about Mayan cosmovision and engaged in hands-on projects, including introducing new plants into a community garden.

Overall, the trip was a great success, allowing students to interact with local Guatemalans and learn about a new culture. Expanding our knowledge of the world around us is an invaluable lesson that the future business leaders in the Honors Program were able to experience.

Story by Amanda Gonzales ’17. Gonzales is an accounting major minoring in Spanish. She will spend this summer working as an audit intern with Deloitte in their Portland office. Gonzales will graduate in the fall of 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

A Breakdown of WIB’s Bay Area Site Visit

A Quick Overview

While thousands of UO students completed their finals and promptly rushed home for the holidays, 15 eager Women in Business (WIB) members opted for a little adventure instead. These students packed their bags – with business casual attire, of course – and embarked on an eye-opening journey throughout the Bay Area where they were able to explore a variety career opportunities available to women today.

Thanks to LinkedIn, some very supportive UO alumni, and our dedicated executive board the 15 of us were able to participate in employee-run discussion panels and in tours of companies ranging from Pinterest to Google to AKQA and more. Over the course of five days, we got to connect with women from a variety of careers and educational backgrounds who were more than happy to answer questions and share their wisdom and experiences with us. Our group learned about the myriad of jobs in data analysis, finance, creative directing, risk mitigation, and business management while, at the same time, learning about presentation and negotiation skills that aid in landing those jobs.

Hearing dozens of success stories from women who live in one of the most male-centric areas in the U.S. was a very empowering experience. Although Silicon Valley is widely known for under-representing women and for fostering a sexist culture, women continue to push back against the discrimination and bias that persists in the workplace today. The general consensus from the women panelists was that when trying to overcoming gender bias, the most appropriate way to fight back is by working hard, being professional, and knowing your own worth.

The trip highlighted the necessity for women to encourage and support one another. That’s what WIB is all about!

 

Taking It Day By Day

Sunday, December 11

After landing in San Jose and getting settled into our hotel the previous night, we resolved to spend our only “free” day exploring the big, bad city of San Francisco. We spent the first part of our day walking along the Golden Gate Bridge, checking out the scenery, and taking an unspeakable amount of pictures.

You know, typical tourist stuff.

Then we decided to head to Mission Dolores Basilica – the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco – where one of WIB’s very own executive board members, Giselle Andrade, spent her childhood. Our group gained new insight into the history and culture of San Francisco as we took a guided tour of the church and cemetery. After one too many ghost stories, we decided it was time to move on to the next item on the agenda.

We hopped on BART and headed to Union Station later that afternoon for a little bit of shopping. The plaza was filled with great smells, beautiful architecture, and a swarming crowd of people enjoying themselves. After splitting up for a few hours, our group met back up in front of Macy’s 80 foot tall Christmas tree. We snapped a few group photos and, with that, concluded our first day of the Bay Area site visit!

Monday, December 12

The first company visit took place at Pinterest’s headquarters in San Francisco. We were invited by UO alumni Amy Gilmer who has been working as a creative strategist for Pinterest for a little under a year. After helping ourselves to a catered breakfast – which is only one of three free meals that employees are provided daily – we sat down with Amy and three of her colleagues to discuss what it’s like to work at Pinterest.

The rapidly growing web and mobile application company values creativity, diversity, innovation, and teamwork. The women unanimously agreed on the staff and company culture being their favorite part of the job. They also mentioned plenty of opportunities for growth within the company as well as opportunities for internal job changes and travel. What’s not to love?

Naturally, the next question must be: How exactly does one land a job at Pinterest? The panelists attributed their career success to the power of networking, relevant work experience, and higher education. All of the women we spoke to had completed either a bachelor’s or master’s degree and all but one had been backed by a recommendation from within the company. After imparting a few more words of wisdom and giving us a quick tour of their beautiful workspace, the kind panelists headed back to work and we set off for our next adventure.

After a 15 minute walk, our group arrived at the headquarters of an international ideas innovation company named AKQA. WIB was invited by UO alumni and former WIB member Catlin Bowers who manages a four-person team that works on a variety of projects for different companies and firms.

The panel of female employees included a creative director, a contract writer, an experiential data analyst, a design strategist, and a recruiter who all earned their positions through higher education and related experience. These women have worked to create iconic experiences and products for big name brands like Nike, Apple, and Visa. And although the panelists only comprised a tiny fraction of AKQA’s 2,000 employees they managed to give us valuable insight on what it’s like to work for a giant media firm.

Tuesday, December 14

Our first stop of the day was in Levi’s Plaza which houses the headquarters of multi-billion dollar company Levi Straus & Co. Our group was invited by UO alumni Rosita Rerat who works as a marketing manager in the San Francisco office. On the panel was Rosita and four of her female colleagues who work in a variety of departments from finance, operations, and risk mitigation to creative services and ecommerce. To help us determine if we were interested in a certain career field, they each went in depth about what their individual job entails and then ran through a typical day on the job.

When asked about their favorite part of working at LS&C, the women acknowledged that the positive company culture is a big part of what keeps them around. The company’s values encourage social and environmental responsibility and also promote open access to superiors including their very own CEO! Of course, there are other perks that keeps LS&C’s turnover rate relatively low including the opportunity for growth and development within the company as well as for new experiences through travel. Unfortunately we were not able to tour the corporate office, however the panel discussion had more than made up for it!

A short walk later our group reached San Francisco’s Financial District, the city’s main central business district which houses the headquarters of Wells Fargo. We were welcomed by a panel of 5 women who work in Wells Fargo’s financial and managerial departments. The panelists briefly described their responsibilities within the company and then focused the discussion on work life balance and sexism in the workplace.

The women were very honest with us, admitting that work isn’t always exciting and there are some days when they aren’t exactly thrilled to come in. But, they said, it’s okay to feel bored with your job sometimes! There is plenty of opportunity for excitement outside of the workplace. In regards to a question about dealing with sexism in a male-dominated environment, the panelists advised us to always be professional, to communicate frequently and clearly, and to work really hard. After wrapping up with the Wells Fargo employees, we visited the Fisherman’s Warf and the Ghirardelli chocolate factory before calling it a night.

Wednesday, December 15

We were fortunate enough to be able to squeeze in one last company visit before flying back to Eugene. WIB was invited to tour the Googleplex by UO alumni and former WIB member Kelly Weiss who manages a team of software engineers at Google. Kelly gave us a tour of the corporate office and its amenities which included gyms and restaurants that are free to employees. Afterwards, we sat down with Kelly and asked her questions about how she’d landed a job at Google, what she talked about in her interviews, what she majored in at UO, etc.

Kelly had worked as a manager at Frito Lay prior to landing a job at Google. She was fortunate to have a friend within the company because she was offered an interview through the recommendation. During her interview Kelly talked about experiences related to her marketing degree and also about her commitment to WIB as an executive board member. Sure enough, she got a call back a few days later! She mentioned that because Google does not pigeonhole their employees by forcing them into a job based solely on their degree, her career took an unanticipated but welcome turn. Instead of working in advertising like she’d imagined, Kelly’s job as a technical channels specialist is to discover software engineer superstars and untapped talent in hard-to-reach places. She absolutely loves her job and is grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that has such a vast and meaningful impact on the world. After spending the afternoon with us, Kelly had to get back to scouting the world for gifted individuals and us WIB girls had a plane to catch.

While waiting for departure our group talked about how beneficial this experience had been for us as women preparing ourselves for careers in business. The trip opened our eyes to jobs we’d never heard about and subsequently helped many of us narrow down our career interests. The site visit was also a great networking opportunity for those potentially interested in working for Pinterest, AKQA, Levi’s, Wells Fargo, or Google. One of the company’s even asked for our resumes and two offered internships!

I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my winter break than hanging out with my WIB family! Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable experience!

Written by UO Business

The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

2017 Honors Program Winter Site Visits

During winter term, the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program was fortunate enough to visit two wealth management firms in Portland, Oregon. Joining two other student groups—the UO Investment Group and the UO Financial Management Association—Honors Program members spoke with executives from Ferguson Wellman and Arnerich Massena to learn the ins and outs of what each company has to offer and the culture of each firm.

The first stop was Ferguson Wellman, located in the heart of downtown Portland. Students had the privilege of hearing from two executive vice presidents and UO alumni: Ralph Cole, executive vice president of research; and Josh Frankel, executive vice president for West Bearing Investments. Both discussed how the nature of their careers allow them to develop long, rewarding relationships with their clients. Cole and Frankel also gave great advice on how to reach dream careers by getting involved on campus and not being afraid to reach out for help.

Later in the day students headed over to the largest private wealth management company in the state of Oregon: Arnerich Massena. They were greeted by three staff members—Ryland Moore, Mr. Christopher Van Dyke, and Mr. Matt Bryant—who expressed their love for the company and conducted a question and answer discussion. Much of the company’s success is due to its strong values of always doing what is best for the customer and investing in firms that have the potential to not only yield economic success but also help the world around them.

All in all, the site visit attendees had a great time learning more about the financial industry and meeting incredible people who are so willing to help students on their journey to find their dream career.

Story by Arianna Shapiro ’18. Shapiro is an accounting and economics double major. She will spend the summer in Tel Aviv, Israel, participating in a data analysis internship program for a start-up company. She will also participate in a number of accounting summer leadership programs. Shapiro will graduate in spring 2018.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

2017 Honors Alumni Networking Event

In January, the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program held its annual alumni networking event at the Portland White Stag building. This event offered students the opportunity to network in a professional environment, alumni the chance to reconnect with old colleagues and meet current Honors Program students, and a chance for everyone to see how the Honors Program is growing and developing.

This year the alumni networking event had five program alumni panelists: Corinne McWilliams, senior global demand planner at Nike; Ryan Dingler, digital product manager at Visa; Justin Christiansen, general manager for the Internet of Things market and channel sales at Intel; Ben Estes, product marketing manager at Apple; and Annie Klug, director of community programs for the Portland Trail Blazers. These individuals shared their experiences, reflected on their time at the Lundquist College and in the Honors Program, and provided insight to life post-graduation. The recurring theme of the discussion focused on the indirect paths each took to get to their current careers.

New Lundquist College of Business Dean Sarah Nutter was also in attendance. She spoke about her excitement to join the Lundquist College of Business, to work with faculty, staff, and students, and to continually improve both individual programs and the college as a whole.

The event was a successful night of opportunities for students to gain insight on defining their career goals and discovering how the Honors Program can help them achieve those goals. Connecting with the students that have come before us and are now Honors Program alumni gives students a solid foundation of support, inspiration, and motivation.

Story by Jessica Goss. Goss is a business administration major and economics minor. Goss is a member of the Oregon Consulting Group and will be graduating spring 2018.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

2017 Honors Program Fall Site Visits

On the chilly morning of November 4, a group of ten honors students piled into carpools and headed south for the first site visit of the 2016-2017 academic year. The first stop was Cottage Grove, Oregon to visit Aprovecho, a non-profit organization with a mission of “living, learning, organizing, and educating to inspire a sustainable culture.” While there students toured the heart of the 40-acre grounds with the center’s permaculture program director and land steward, Abel Kloster. The group visited and learned about the meaning of the gardens, orchards, water catchment systems, homes, classrooms, and strawbale dormitory. Aprovecho hosts programs related to permaculture, building and design, green technologies, and community education. The visit was a fun experience for students to learn about non-profit business as well as witness the collaboration between business and community.

The second stop was Hop Valley Brewing, located near downtown Eugene. While touring the facility, students learned about the day-to-day operations of the entire brewing operation. The tour included weaving through giant tanks, hoses, and conveyor belts to experience the creation process from hop to bottle. Additionally, Hop Valley’s acquisition by MillerCoors was a point of interest that students asked questions about. Following the tour the group claimed a table in the tasting room and shared a large lunch while discussing the day’s events.

The day started on a cold, but beautiful mountain and ended in a cozy brewhouse. Students were exposed to a meaningful non-profit, learned about supply chain operations, and had the opportunity to engage with amazing local businesspeople and their peers. The honors site visits are not just about questions and tours—they’re about the people who make communities thrive and inspire everyone to succeed.

Joslyn Bryant is currently a sophomore double majoring in business administration and romance languages and minoring in food studies. She studied abroad her freshman year in Italy, and plans to study abroad again this summer in Greece in a food studies program. Bryant will graduate in spring 2019.

Written by UO Business

The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

University of Oregon CCFSA Profile – Nishan Senthirajah

Originally from Tualatin, Oregon, Nishan Senthirajah is a junior majoring in finance with a minor in economics at the University of Oregon. He is in the Honors Business program and is also the consumer goods sector leader analyst for the University of Oregon’s Investment Group (UOIG). He was the president of the Financial Management Association (FMA) this past year and will be interning as an investment KeyBanc Capital Market analyst this summer. Here is what he has to say about his experiences in the Lundquist College of Business thus far:

Can you tell me a little bit more about UO’s Investment Group? (UOIG)
NS: I’m a senior analyst within the University of Oregon’s Investment Group, which is a student-led organization within the Lundquist College of Business that actively manages more than one million dollars in endowment funds. It’s comprised of student analysts as well as six students on the management team. Essentially, our job is to put together an equity research report every term on a stock that we believe would be a good investment. So, we generate investment models and do a lot of research to determine how the stock is valued. After the report, you do a presentation to the entire group with about a 45-minute Q&A session. It’s an intense atmosphere. This is my second year in the group so I have one more year after this. It’s been an excellent experience for me thus far. It gives students an opportunity to expand their learning in an environment that they wouldn’t find in the classroom, which is why it’s such a reputable group within the Lundquist College. We try to keep our strong name as we continue in our operations. You also meet a lot of people and a lot of great friends that are invested in the same things and have the same interests as you. People who actually care about the things you’re working on as much as you do. That’s been one of the best parts.

What was your role within the Financial Management Association (FMA) and how is it different than UOIG?
NS: I was the past president at the FMA, which was started two years ago. We’re a chapter of a larger national organization, similar to a lot of other clubs you find in the business school. It’s designed for the broader range of students. The FMA is a much broader-based finance group that covers topics ranging from corporate to investment banking to private equity. The goal for FMA is to provide students with a learning environment to get exposed to different areas of finance in order to determine if it’s something they’re interested in, and if so, what area and how can we help students get there. We do this by going on site visits locally and within the Pacific Northwest. We bring in different speakers from all different backgrounds to come and share their career paths, what they do with their job, skill sets in their current positions, and ways to navigate yourself into that position. It’s been a pretty decent success; it grows every year. Unlike UOIG, the application process isn’t as intense and selective.

What does the future hold in store for you?
NS: This coming summer I’ll be working as an investment KeyBanc Capital Market analyst. My goal is to work there for a couple years because it will provide excellent exposure as far as potential career opportunities going forward. Whether I want to move into private equity or take the industry route, I’m hoping to gain the necessary skill sets and experience while working with investment banking. It’s a work-hard atmosphere, so when you make a lot of great connections you gain extremely valuable experience. I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do – whether I want to stay in investment banking or private equity, or maybe a corporate finance field, but that’s what I’m looking at right now. Ideally, I would like to find myself working on the financial managerial division of a professional sports team or basketball team. After getting my experience in the financial executive department, the decisions I make post-grad will be either going back and getting my MBA or continuing within the field. Within UOIG you see a lot of people doing a couple years of investment banking but then they usually take a lot of different paths.

How do you like to spend your free time?
NS: I’m a basketball fanatic. I’m super into analyzing and catching as many games as I can, especially right now with all the games that are going on. I also play basketball and soccer. I love to travel when I get the chance to. I was able to do a lot of traveling growing up while visiting my parents’ family, so seeing as many places as possible has always been a huge interest of mine. I love Indian cuisine and I like playing blackjack too.

What are some tips you have for other finance students?
NS: Don’t use the mouse when you’re using Microsoft Office; always use the keyboard. I would also say networking is critical within the industry because it’s so concentrated. Because we’re from the west coast, making relationships and being able to network is critical for landing the ideal internship or post-grad job. I would say take advantage of the opportunities that are offered at UO outside of the classroom because not many other schools have them, and that’s what’s going to separate you when you’re going up against your peers or students from other schools. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it when it’s all said and done.

Written by UO Business

The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Program Nike Site Visit

Members of the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program had the chance to tour the Nike World Headquarters and hear from a panel of highly experienced employees. Beyond learning about the heritage of the world’s premiere athletic apparel company, students saw firsthand what it means to make a career out of your passions.

The day began with a tour of the Nike Campus, led by Dana Reams of Nike Golf. On the tour students learned the rich history of the company’s humble beginnings, which involved selling shoes out of the trunk of a car mere minutes away from where the Lillis Business Complex stands today. While sharing with us how Nike became the world’s premier athletic apparel and supply company, Reams instilled an important lesson: never lose sight of who you are. For the honors students on the trip, this meant varying things; however, for Nike it means never losing sight of the innovation instilled in Phil Knight, the dedication of Steve Prefontaine, and the unrelenting drive and loyalty of Coach Bill Bowerman.

During the panel discussion at the end of the day, students heard from Heather Broderick, Jane Moss, David Pearce, and Amy Bartlett. Each panelist shared a very different story of their journey from childhood to Nike. Some took the “traditional path,” while others spent a stint as a bartender or self-proclaimed ski bum. These varying experiences led to distinct advice and core values from each. The one thing they all had in common is that each took something about which they were particularly passionate and found a way to turn it into a career.

One of the most resounding pieces of advice was “listen to your athlete.” Moss and Barlett explained that if you are “listening to your athlete,” simple comments, such as “I wish I could wear these shoes on the golf course” or “These are my favorite shorts,” can lead to revolutions in the industry and carry the athlete to victory.

Although the student audience members were not in a position to listen to comments from Tiger Woods or Maria Sharapova and create a multimillion-dollar product, many of them will likely be in the position in the future where they can either choose to follow the status quo or choose to innovate. The advice given by the panelists will undoubtedly linger in the minds of the students on the trip.

Beyond stories and lessons from the panelists, the site visit proved particularly significant for the members of the Business Honors Program. For the newly admitted 2016-2018 cohort, this was one of the first opportunities to meet and get to know one another. At the same time, the visit served as the last official Honors Program event for the graduating seniors in the upper cohort. Memories from this visit are sure to stick with everyone who took part in the trip.

Story by TJ Reardon ’17. Reardon is an accounting major minoring in economics. He will be spending this summer interning as a core assurance intern with PwC at their Portland office. Reardon will be graduating in the winter of 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

University of Oregon CCFSA Profile – Annelise Moss

Annelise Moss is an MBA student working toward her certified financial planner (CFP) certification here at the University of Oregon. Moss achieved her undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship and is the only female finishing the finance track of the MBA program this spring. Here is what she has to say about her experiences in finance at the UO.

Can you give me a short description of who you are?
Annelise Moss: Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, my family moved to the Portland area when I was two. I’ve spent the majority of my life in Oregon and I love it here. From an early age, I have loved to dance. Throughout the years I did ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, and I joined a traveling ballroom dance company as an undergrad. I also competed in Latin-style dance with my dance partner. I’ve always thought of myself as creative and found my analytical side close to the end of undergrad. I worked in advertising for a short time and quickly realized it was not the career for me. After doing some job shadowing I found a passion for the investment business. Although I was a business major in undergrad, I took very few finance classes and came back to school to expand my knowledge.

What are your future goals in terms of business?
AM: Ultimately, I would like to have own business. I was an entrepreneurship major in undergrad and have always liked the idea of calling my own shots. People have always intrigued me. In the near future I see myself in more of a business development type role. Learning about people’s motives and how to best support their needs is a passion of mine. I am currently working on my CFP (certified financial planner) certification and would like to start my career with financial planning where I can support clients’ needs.

You’re an MBA currently pursuing your CFP – can you talk a little bit more about that experience? Difficulties? What you enjoy?
AM: It has definitely been a challenge to be an accelerated finance student in addition to working on my CFP education. Luckily, the CFP board gave me some credit for the MBA curriculum but keeping balance in my life has been difficult. With that being said, if I could go back I wouldn’t change my decision. I knew I wanted to stay in Oregon, so expanding my network here is invaluable, and I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve learned in the CFP education program. Some may find estate and retirement planning dull but I really enjoy the thought of being able to help someone plan for a happy retirement and smooth transition.

What resources did/do you use at UO or the Lundquist College of Business that you would recommend current students take advantage of?
AM: The network here at UO is amazing. Ducks are truly dedicated people. As a finance student I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the Emerging Market Fund, which is a student-led investment fund. It’s been a great experience to come into the program with no idea how to value a company and leaving with the Emerging Market Fund owning two of my stock pitches. I would strongly recommend incoming students take advantage of the guest speakers the program brings in. I know it can be difficult to balance school and work, and it’s hard to give up a couple evenings a month, but it’s worth it. We’ve had a wide variety of speakers including private equity, consulting, wealth managers, and many more.

What are the most important pieces of information you’ve learned from your various internships?
AM: I had a fantastic internship last summer. I worked at Becker Capital Management in downtown Portland with their high net-worth team. I had the opportunity to learn most aspects of the business, including the investment team, trading, and client service. My major project for the summer was to become an expert, plan a lunch, and learn about Social Security. At the end of my internship I presented to a group of high net-worth clients, and I couldn’t speak highly enough about my experience. The team at Becker is outstanding; I had a wonderful mentor who took great interest in my development. My internship was definitely a highlight of my graduate school experience and I am so appreciative of it.

How has the Lundquist College of Business shaped who you are as a person?
AM: Coming into grad school, I felt strongly about who I was as a person. I still feel strongly that I am leaving the same person, but the Lundquist College of Business has given me the tools I need to successfully start the career I wish to have. Who I am as a future investment professional has developed greatly because of the professors here at the college. I’ve had some great professors, including Brandon Julio, Steve McKeon, and Michael Crooke, who have all shaped my experience here. Even though I have only been in for a year and a term, the Lundquist College of Business has made a major impact on my life forever. I would also like to encourage other females to spend some time in the finance world, and be open to finding out if it’s something they are interested in. I strongly recommend any female who thinks they might have an interest in finance to go for it!

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