Author: Seanice Austin

UConn NABA Plays High Stakes Networking in Vegas


2015 NABA National

The UConn Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) attended the 39th Annual NABA National Convention and Expo on June 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four members were afforded the opportunity to attend: Brandon Madden ’16, co-president, Kenny Okafor ’17, chief financial officer, Shantaye Taylor ’17, co-president, and Danielle Wellington ’15, immediate past president.

This conference marks UConn NABA’s second consecutive national appearance and the furthest distance from the University that the chapter has traveled thus far. Scholars from across the nation gathered to forge new bonds and strengthen existing ones. In the midst of all the excitement, scholars were able to focus and conduct business efficiently.

Student reflection is often the most rewarding outcome of attending a NABA conference.  The old Vegas saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but, for all intents and purposes, we will spare the quote as a few scholars wanted to share their experiences. Okafor states, “I developed professionally and personally by networking with representatives from several companies.” In addition, Kenny spoke on his relationship with the Chapter, “This experience strengthened my relationship with other members in the UConn Chapter… We grew together and it showed the value of teamwork, communication, and professionalism.”

Taylor also had a few memorable experiences to share. Taylor said, “The conference has not only allowed me to enhance my leadership skills and professionalism, but has given me the opportunity to network with a great amount of professionals from various companies.”

It is clear the NABA National Conference is a positive catalyst in the careers of young black accountants. The UConn NABA Chapter is grateful for their ability to attend the national conference and looks to make their appearance annual.

It would be unforgiving to not mention the ever generous resources and companies that made UConn’s trip possible. The Chapter would like to extend a special thanks to Deloitte, EY, Liberty Mutual, the UConn School of Business’ Office of Diversity Initiatives and Accounting Department. We’d also like to thank the many private donors that participated in the Chapter’s Ignite initiative


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UConn Student Learns Leadership Skills at Microsoft

FLT Workshop

Accounting Major Shantaye Taylor ’16 Describes Program as ‘Exceptional and Life Changing’

Summer break provides ample opportunity for students to strengthen skills that are learned outside of the classroom.  For accounting major Shantaye Taylor ’16, the Finance Leaders in Technology (FLT) Workshop at Microsoft provided her the opportunity to strengthen her leadership skills and learn more about corporate global finance.Continue Reading

Travelers EDGE Scholar Service Learning Experience


UConn Alternative Spring Break
Volunteering in Immokalee, Florida and learning about migrant workers

Accounting major, Jhavier Leslie ’18 who is a freshman in the Travelers EDGE Scholars program spent his first spring break learning about himself and the migrant worker community in Immokalee, Florida. This opportunity is offered to UConn students through the Community Outreach Office.  Jhavier shares what he learned about the migrant worker, their plight and hardships as well as what he learned about himself.Continue Reading

TechnoEDGE 2015

TechnoEDGEUConn undergraduates are invited to sign up for the April 4th TechnoEDGE workshop. TechnoEDGE workshops are designed to provide students with technology training that focuses on reviewing, analyzing and formatting data for use in the business environment. A major component of the training is hands-on assignments, group projects and a capstone assignment, each designed to provide practical experience.

UConn School of Business
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Room 122 – Storrs campus
Breakfast and Lunch is provided
Register on HuskyCareerLink under “Workshops”

TechnoEDGE is offered as a part of Travelers EDGE Professional Development Institute (PDI), a career readiness training program offered in partnership with Travelers Insurance.

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Announcing Blackstone’s Future Women Leaders Program

Blackstone’s Future Women Leaders Program is a unique 1.5 day experience among financial firms, giving participants early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking, and skill-building sessions. The program is open to sophomore women who are interested in exploring a career in the financial services industry.Continue Reading

The Cornell HR Review Invites Essays from Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Cornell HR Review is proud to announce its 6th Annual Student Essay Competition, sponsored by Shell, Dell and GE! They encourage submissions from all students pursuing a graduate or undergraduate HR-related degree—including labor relations, industrial/organizational psychology, and business.

Prizes for the competition are: $1000 for first place, $500 for second, and $250 for third. Winning essays will be published in the HR Review. Additionally, winners will be invited to attend the Cornell Human Capital Symposium in Fall 2015—an excellent opportunity to interact with some of the world’s top HR executives.

Essays must address one of three prompts and be between 1,000-1,600 words.  All submissions are due by April 14, 2015.  

For complete information, visit 6th Annual Essay Competition (2015)

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Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program Offered at Yale University

Developing Leadership Skills Through Interdisciplinary Learning in a Culturally Diverse Environment


The Yale Global Pre-MBA Leadership program will develop your practical knowledge of business and management in a global context, and inspire you to draw upon your leadership abilities in order to make a positive impact in your personal and professional endeavors. It will introduce you to the impact of management education and give you the tools necessary to hone your individual leadership skills. This is a two-week program for recent graduates from cultural backgrounds under-represented in graduate management education; the Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program will help you learn more about global business while introducing you to the benefits of an MBA degree.

Leadership and Impact – The Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program grows out of Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. The program helps you build your leadership skills and capacity, so that you can build a successful career that has a positive impact on your community and the broader world.

Global Diversity – A central mission of the program is to expose students to global diversity. By meeting students from the United States and around the world, typically under-represented in management education, all participants will gain an understanding of the complexities within and between societies, a critical element of leadership in today’s flatter, but nonconvergent, world. One 2013 student commented, “One of the best parts of the program was the diversity and type of people in the classroom. I did not expect to get as close as I did to the many smart people selected to be in the program.”

Apply – The program will begin June 14. The application is available on the Global Pre-MBA Leadership website; apply by April 3.

Alumni Spotlight – Kimberly Foster ’13

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Harvard’s Summer Venture In Management

The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. This summer’s program will be the 32nd anniversary of SVMP.

An annual event at HBS, this unique educational experience helps participants develop a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the many dimensions of the business world, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through business leadership.

SVMP WEBINAR – Reserve your space for a one hour SVMP Webinar Q&A Info Session Thursday, February 26th at 6:00 PM EST – REGISTER. Harvard Business School will email all registrants a link to the webinar one day prior to the event.

The application will be available on March 2, 2015.

The application deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015.

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Pratt and Whitney CFO Gives UConn Students Tips on Displaying Leadership

The Daily Campus –  Leadership is an important skill in life and proves vital in numerous business scenarios, but what is it to United Technologies? Yesterday in the School of Business, the CFO of Pratt and Whitney, Bob Bailey, shed light on an answer to this question in a presentation on the “Keys for Effective Leadership.”

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