When Victoria Polchinski left her home state of Virginia she was in search of some sunshine. She got more than she bargained for when she arrived in Tempe in August. Each semester the W. P. Carey School of Business singles out one student from each department who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership in extracurricular activities, commitment to civic leadership activities in the community and the excellent communication skills that allow the student to articulate goals, experiences and contributions.
Conan Shearer graduated with a W. P. Carey MBA and an MSIM degree, but he also learned to “speak” three languages: business, IT and supply chain management. “I can easily sit with an IT or supply chain specialist and get it, and then translate that to real business terms and language,” says Shearer, who was recruited by Exxon when he graduated in 1997 and has been with the company (now ExxonMobil) ever since in a variety of capacities.
Avnet CIO Steve Phillips, a featured speaker at the recent Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Conference, recommends against writing anything in an email or making a digital post that you would not want to see on a highway billboard. After hearing the talk, department chairman Michael Goul found himself thinking more carefully about electronic communications. After exploring the topic further, he concludes that every message you send should reflect your core values.
Leading a student organization is a challenge, says Diego Ortiz-Monasterio, president of the W. P. Carey School’s DISC club, an Association for Information Systems student chapter. Recently, leaders of AIS chapters from across the country shared the secrets of their success at the 2014 Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business.