Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurial studies’

The Great Balancing Act

September 1st, 2018 by cgevry
Cara Gontarz Hume ’03
Senior HR Leader, General Electric Finance
Major: Political Science

It seems as though achieving a healthy work-life balance in today’s society is unattainable. Finding harmony between a demanding work schedule and a role as a mother, or juggling classwork, a social life and sleep as a student is exhausting. As highly motivated women with many goals, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

Meet Cara Gontarz Hume, one of our fellow female Crusaders, who has created a balance between her career and family that works for her. Hume is the Senior Human Resources Leader for General Electric Finance and has three children all under the age of five-years-old. With an executive career and three young kids, she asks herself a question that many struggle with, “Can I still work and be a great mom?” For Hume, the answer is yes. She has managed to be present as a mother while simultaneously progressing her career. She remembers going on maternity leave for the first time and how worrisome it was balancing her career with the vision of what it means to be a mom. However, when she sat down with her manager and explained her situation, he gave her the life changing advice of, “just leave early.” In that moment, Hume discovered that the keys to balancing her home life with her work life were setting priorities and not keeping her two lives separate from each other.

Hume recalls the once defined line between work and personal life: “I was taught, you keep work at work and home at home.” However, throughout her career, she has seen a change in this attitude to which she attributes much of her success. She explains that she brings her full self to work not hiding that she is a working mother with three young kids. She explains, “I will be there and deliver but I do carve out time for kids. I do not use them as an excuse or a limiting factor, just part of who I am.”

As a student at Holy Cross, she was able to develop her time management skills. Like many students on the Hill, she managed a schedule of rigorous courses, a competitive athletic schedule and a variety of other campus activities. The ingrained concept of Cura Personalis, or “care of the whole person,” is a mentality promoted at Holy Cross that has contributed to much of her success. Hume says she draws upon these ideas of caring for the mind, body, and soul as a foundation of her whole-self resulting in a better self.

Multiple priorities are hard to balance and this difficulty will never go away. Hume emphasizes the importance of setting parameters around prioritizing personal time. She says, “If you don’t set a framework for personal time you will burn out. And no one will set it for you.” Everyone has their own tips and tricks on how to balance commitments, but what has worked for Hume is making a habit of taking personal time. She advises, “Make an actual plan. Mark it on your calendar and block it off.” Mark off family dinner or gym time. Put drinks with friends in your calendar and stick with the designated schedule. Having personal time marked into the calendar will make it part of your routine, making it harder to let your personal time go by the way side. Additionally, she warns, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew and avoid the extremes.” Hume also recommends constantly turning inward for personal assessments. Nobody’s fulfillment plan will be the same so it is important to check in with yourself to make sure you are happy with the way life is going.

With the school year starting up soon and new projects beginning at work, try using Hume’s trick and mark your calendar with consistent “me time” to care for yourself. Happy balancing!

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Want to learn more about Cura Personalis? Join us at the fall Women in Business Conference (Sat., Nov. 3, 2018) to hear from other alumnae discussing this topic even further. Thanks to Kate Beckerman ’20 for writing this piece and Cara Gontarz ’03 for sharing her wisdom.

>> NEW WITH WIB: Stay in touch with the Women in Business network year round with the new Purple Pulse quarterly newsletter!  Join the WIB Community!

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Weekly Wednesday Workshops

October 17th, 2017 by cgevry

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ja-Naé Duane, is working with the student club HCEG (Holy Cross Entrepreneurs Group) to offer a series of workshops designed to help you make your idea a reality!  Get involved and compete in the annual spring Shark Tank competition.

Each Wednesday meeting is held from 6:30pm-8pm in Hogan 402/403.  See you there!

> Wed., October 18th: Pitch Night!
Have a project or an idea you are working on? Could you use a little money to work on it? Come to this open mic and tell us about your idea or project and why you could use some financial help. Then your peers will decide. No slides. No suits. Two-three minute pitch. Just you and your idea. That’s it!

> Wed., October 25th: Rapid Prototyping
When you have an idea sometimes you just need to put together a prototype for people to see. Within this session, we will go through the different types of prototypes you can create, how to do paper prototypes, as well as digital prototypes.

> Wed., November 1st: Find a Co-Founder Networking Event
Want to do a startup, but need a co-founder or to build out your team. Come to this networking event and meet like-minded individuals who might have an interest in teaming up with you and doing something great.

> Wed., November 15th: Pitch Night!
Have a project or an idea you are working on? Could you use a little money to work on it? Come to this open mic and tell us about your idea or project and why you could use some financial help. Then your peers will decide. No slides. No suits. Two-three minute pitch. Just you and your idea. That’s it!

CONTACT: Ja-Naé Duane, Entrepreneur-in-Residence & Lecturer at the College. Stop by her office to say hello in Stein 129C and check out the new co-working space.

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2017 Women in Business Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN!

October 4th, 2017 by cgevry

As a student at College of the Holy Cross, homework, sports practice, club meetings and the job search can be overwhelming. How can a student at Holy Cross possibly manage to build their network while also meeting deadlines?

Answer: The Women in Business Conference.

Every November, the Women in Business Committee brings upwards of 200 student and alumnae together to meet, chat about life on the Hill and learn about life in the real world in Hogan Ballroom. The all day event includes FOOD, FUN and NETWORKING! What more could you want from a Saturday on the Hill? The alumnae that travel back to their alma mater are here to talk with student, dish out great advice and if you’re lucky, hand you their business cards for the next time you’re in their area.

This year on Saturday, November 11, Chief Communications Officer of GE, Deirdre Latour is coming to talk about her life at Holy Cross as a History major and how she became the awesome, powerful, inspiring woman she is today! Check out the agenda, panels and alumnae on the website.  Be sure to register while you are there!

This year’s sponsors include: GE, PepsiCo, Deloitte and Eaton Vance. In addition to sponsoring this incredible event, GE and PepsiCo will also be sending alumnae representatives to the college to have recruiting lunches. This of course is by application ONLY, so be sure to get your resumes in early to have a little extra face to face time with these two fantastic companies! How do you apply? 1) Register for the conference 2) Send your resume to prebusiness@holycross.edu


If you’re missing out on the Women in Business Conference, your missing out on networking with some of the most fun, charismatic and passionate women in the world of business. Be sure to register for your spot now!

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Thank you to Casey Carty ’18, WIB Student Committee Member, for this great write up.  Hope to see you at the conference on Saturday, November 11, 2017! #HCWIB #HCWomeninBiz

Meet Riley Benner ’20: Founder of Phoenix Haberdashey

June 21st, 2017 by cgevry

Riley Benner’ 20
Summer Assistant, Prebusiness Office
Founder, Phoenix Haberdashery

“I wanted to take subjects that I truly enjoy like philosophy and political science, but still gain the technical skills to be successful following graduation. That is exactly what Holy Cross has offered me: the ability to pair a liberal arts education with a professional business understanding.”

1) Why did you choose Holy Cross?
At the time I was applying to schools I was looking for a small college with a Jesuit identity. There was no better fit than HC. I wanted to learn more about the business world, but I didn’t want my whole schedule taken up by accounting, economics, and management classes. I wanted to take subjects that I truly enjoy, like philosophy and political science, but still gain the technical skills to be successful following graduation. That is exactly what Holy Cross has offered me: the ability to pair a liberal arts education with a professional business understanding.

2) What has been your favorite aspect of Holy Cross?
Hands down… the people. You hear that the Holy Cross network is incredible. They aren’t lying. The Prebusiness Office has been especially supportive with my startup. Every member of the HC community – professors, staff, alumni, and even students – truly want to see their fellow crusaders succeed.

3) Tell me more about your startup.
Junior year of high school I started a company called Phoenix Haberdashery, a high-end mens’ accessory brand known for its line of reversible, double-sided neckties.  All of our employees are refugees who came to America to escape violence and tyranny. For most of them working with us was their first job, which is why we use the Phoenix to represent the brand- it symbolizes rebirth and new opportunities. Each tie purchased will tell the story of the sewer who made it, a powerful way to show our customers that not only was their tie handmade and carefully constructed, but it was done by someone with an incredible story.  Keep up with these stories on Instagram.

4) How have you been involved with the Entrepreneurial Studies & Prebusiness Office?
When I decided halfway through the second semester of my freshmen year to resume my company, I knew that the first place to go would be the Office of Entrepreneurial Studies. I met with Professor Chu and two other faculty to learn about (and later receive) the Ignite Fund, a grant that allows students to gain capital and jumpstart their ideas. Professor Chu also invited me to an alumni networking event in Boston for entrepreneurs. I went, pitched my idea, and met several alumni who have been incredibly helpful in Phoenix Haberdashery’s early development. I decided to stay in Worcester over the summer and was hired to work in the Prebusiness Office. While here, I’ve been learning about business administration and getting tips on how to successfully scale my startup.

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If you want to learn more about the Entrepreneurial Studies & Prebusiness Office, check out our website and follow us on Instagram. Thank you Riley, for sharing your story – we look forward to seeing your business grow!

 

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March 28th, 2017 by cgevry

 

CPP STUDENT HIGHLIGHT: Ben Lodge ’18 started the COES Professional Program during his freshmen year with the Fullbridge Professional Edge Program. He later participated in two alumni-led business workshops: Finance Boot Camp and Marketing Communications & Sales.  Ben will receive his Certificate of Readiness and Graduation Pin at the upcoming Prebusiness: Road to Success event on April 18.

Ben’s advice to underclassmen? Start early and try everything. Completing the Fullbridge program my freshman year gave me ample time to attend a few of the many workshops offered by COES. I was also able to attend many of the alumni lectures and dinners that the office sponsors.  Through these experiences I was able to explore a multitude of industries in order to find out what I was interested in and how I could turn those interests into a career.

Join Prof. Chu in congratulating Ben and the many other students who have earned the Certificate of Readiness! Hear more advice and eat free pizza on Tuesday, April 18 at 5PM in Stein 208. 

 

 

 

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*NEW* Workshop – Global Supply Chain Management

September 15th, 2016 by cgevry

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Global Supply Chain Management Workshop: REGISTER NOW!
No resume, no cover letter, just register!

This new alumni led workshop will provide hands-on experience to help you understand how a global supply chain gets things made and delivered to where customers are. Everything we wear, eat, drive, and consume comes through an organized supply chain from different parts of the world.  Gain political, cultural, and ethical insights from experienced alumni from issues they’ve dealt with that are inherent in managing a global supply chain.

This new workshop will be two days, held over fall break and is open to all majors/class years.

BONUS: it counts towards the business workshops milestone for the COES Professional Certificate Program!

Program Dates: Monday & Tuesday, October 10 & 11, 2016

Online Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 29, 2016 by 11:59PM

CLICK HERE to register and learn more about the four alumni who will be leading this workshop!

Thanks to Ben Lodge ’18, our Student Assistant, for his detailed description of this new workshop. We are very excited to be expanding our workshop line-up and look forward to welcoming these alumni to campus this fall.  Hope you can join us!

Cassie Gevry
Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Studies

*NEW* Workshop – Coming Fall 2016

May 2nd, 2016 by cgevry

Mark Your Calendars! Fall 2016 Global Supply Chain workshop

The COES Prebusiness Office is excited to announce this new two-day alumni-led workshop designed to help you acquire hands-on experience in understanding how a global supply chain gets things made and delivered to where customers are. It is a great opportunity to connect with alumni and learn about the cycle of everything we wear, eat, drive, and consume. The alumni below offer different perspectives meaning you will also be exposed to the political, cultural, and ethical issues inherent in managing a global supply chain.

The Global Supply Chain workshop will be two days held over fall break and is open to all majors/class years.

Program Dates: Monday & Tuesday, October 10 & 11, 2016

Online Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 29, 2016 by 11:59PM

REGISTER HERE!!!

This new workshop counts towards the business workshops milestone for the COES Professional Certificate Program.  And Yes! We said alumni-led. Below are the alumni that you will have a chance to network with and learn from:

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(Left) William Liesman ’72  is an International Business Consultant for Liesman Consulting in Winchester, California.

(Center Left) Peter Mondani ’79 is the Senior Human Resources leader-Global Risk Management at General Electric Co. He is responsible for financial leadership development and human resources for over 16,000 finance employees from entry level through senior executives. He is also part of the The Holy Cross Gridiron Club Leadership Council.

(Center Right) Ted Pidcock ’88 is the founder and manager an apparel company, Chillybears. He also developed and sold a multi-location retail concept called Custom Caps as well as developed Teddy the Dog which is distributed in the US and Canada.

(Right) Cynthia White ’95 is the President & Lead Consultant at the Ceatro Group.  The Ceatro Group is one of the leading research and consulting firms.  For more than 17 years she has been helping organizations achieve greater results internally and externally.  She has consulting and research experience in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

PREBUSINESS: Road to Success 4/18

April 11th, 2016 by cgevry

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The COES Pre-Business Office will soon be hosting Prebusiness: Road To Success on Monday, April 18 at 5pm in Stein 188B, featuring Holy Cross senior panelists outlined below.  These seasoned seniors, along with those receiving the COES Professional Program Certificate of Readiness, will share their experiences and insights on all things from internships, interviews and job offers, COES workshops and the different events and clubs in which they participate. Psst! Free Pizza!

Here’s a snapshot preview of what our panelists have accomplished during their time on the hill.  Hope to see you there! 


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Richie Armstrong ‘16, an Economics major, spent a semester in the Washington D.C. Program last year, where he interned at International Business-Government Counselors. This past summer, Richie interned as a Summer Analyst at the Blackstone Group. He has taken an interest in finance and sales through his involvement in the various Prebusiness clubs, including the Sales Club. He also participates on campus as a senior interviewer, in SPUD,  and in the Holy Cross Outreach Program. This summer he will begin working full-time as a client support analyst with Eze Software.

   Marios Marios Dardas ‘16, a Computer Science major, spends much of his time immersing himself in new experiences and ideas. Last summer he interned at Harvard University working alongside ecologists, chemists, computer scientists and other researchers at its’ 3500 Acre research facility known as the Harvard Forest. At Holy Cross, he is actively involved in the Prebusiness program whether it be its’ workshops, seminars, clubs, or the usual visit to Professor Chu’s office. This summer he will begin working full-time with data scientists as a
Technical Analyst at JP Morgan Chase in NY.

mlashotoMaryAnn LaShoto ‘16, an English major, studied abroad last year at Trinity College in Dublin. She returned from Ireland to an internship at Boston Globe Media, where she worked as a Business Communications/Community Relations Intern. At Holy Cross, she acts as Senior Chair of the Agency (Marketing/Communications Club) and as a planning committee member of the Women in Business Conference, along with Sydney.

medinaJake Medina ‘16, an Economics major with a Peace and Conflict Studies minor, interned last summer at J.P. Morgan as an Investment Banking Analyst in New York. At Holy Cross he is Senior Chair of the Finance Club. Jake also participated in this year’s Shark Tank Competition, pitching his company as Co-Founder and President of Student Empowerment Program, and walked away with 2nd place. With the winnings, he continues to expand the non-profit start-up.

sydneySydney-Zeferina Pugliares ‘16, an English major and Italian minor, spent her junior year abroad in Florence, and returned last summer to intern at Victoria’s Secret in the Merchandising department. At Holy Cross, she is involved in the Prebusiness program as the Senior Chair of the Holy Cross Entrepreneurs Group (HCEG) and as a Student Assistant in the office. She also works with MaryAnn on the Women in Business Conference planning committee.

 

Annual Shark Tank Competition Results!

March 3rd, 2016 by cgevry

By now you must have heard, the fourth annual Shark Tank competition was a huge success.  Originally advertised that teams could win “up to $10,000,” the final pay out was $14,500! With four great pitches, two winning teams and a panel of successful alumni judges, I can hardly wait to see what is in store for next year.  Many thanks to everyone involved!


2016 Shark Tank Competition Winners

FIRST PRIZE: $12,000: Breweries Stewardship Alliance
>Matt Watson ’16 is an anthropology major, and has self-designed his own food studies minor. He is interested in bringing about sustainable, ethical reform within our global food system and is seeking to empower environmentally friendly craft-breweries.

SECOND PRIZE: $2,500: StEP (Student Empowerment Program)
>Sean Griffin ’16 & Jake Medina ’16 are the founders of StEP, a non-profit organization that seeks to close the educational technology gap. StEP partners with existing college and university service programs to enhance educational non-profits and schools with innovative technology, ongoing training, and access to online resources.

THANK YOU to our 2016 JUDGES:

Michael Balmuth: Partner, SV Life Sciences
Michael Guleserian ’93: Chief Experience Officer, Nubar, Sheraton Commander Hotel
James Horne ’98: Analyst, IBS Capital LLC
Larry Naughton ’93: Co-Chair of the Business & Technology Group, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Read a review of the event from Emma Collins ’16 HERE and check the COES website for more information.

Photo Credit: Rob Carlin

Photo Booth Fun: Women in Business Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

November 9th, 2015 by cgevry

Over 200 alumnae and students celebrated the tenth anniversary of the annual Women in Business conference at the College of the Holy Cross this past Saturday, November 7, 2015.  Aimee Bell ’88, keynote and Deputy Editor of Vanity Fair magazine, spoke to the theme of “Major in Anything – Succeed in Business: Creating Your Platform for Success.”

Read more on the event from the review by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Now to the fun stuff… and ladies – you are photogenic!

 

 

Thanks to our student photographers, Colleen Paddock ’16 & Erin Cunningham ’16, for making the photo booth possible! Great shots! Looking forward, save the date for next year: Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Cassie Gevry
Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Studies