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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Student Organization of the Month: NABA

Get to know the President of NABA, Joshua Reeves, and his organization! NABA is focused on developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by African-Americans and other minorities in the accounting, finance and business professions.  They assist minority students in entering the accounting and finance profession by developing professional skills of their members and providing opportunities for members to network and fulfill their civic responsibility.  They participate in chapter, regional, and national programs.

Q: Give us a brief summary of your organization.

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is an organization dedicated to bridging the gap of opportunity for people of color in accounting, finance, and information technology fields. NABA does this through personal development workshops, professional development workshops, both regional and national conferences, speakers, training, networking opportunities, and scholarships. NABA provides opportunities for advancement by partnering with companies such as EY, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, Bank of America, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Walmart, the AICPA, Becker, Goldman Sachs, Nissan, BDO, the FDIC, Nike, Marriott, Abbot Laboratories, and the PCAOB.

Q: How has your organization helped you grow as a student and future professional?

NABA has helped me grow as a student by helping me to get more involved on campus. It has also gotten me more accostumed to public speaking, networking, and leadership roles. I have also gotten 2 internships from PwC and 1 internship from KPMG through my involvement with NABA. We all work really hard to help provide incredible opportunities for students, whether it be from our speakers or from events such as the regional conference.

Q: What makes your organization special/unique?

Our organization is special in that our membership isn’t huge so we are able to tailor our focus onto each individual member in order to help them get what they want out of NABA. We have a more close knit membership because the people who participate see the same faces at every meeting and event. We also offer a unique opportunity to participate at Day at Dell, where students practice going to career fairs, have resume workshops, mock interviews, and participate in inspirational presentations. The regional conference is also unique to NABA because not only are students awarded scholarships at the conference, but they are also awarded with opportunities to network with students and professionals from the southern and western regions of the United States. On the very first day of conference, students are able to participate in a career fair and interview with companies throughout the conference. There are also amazing presentations at the conference on topics ranging from how to succeed during an internship to how to live with purpose.

Q: What is something you wish someone would’ve told you before you started your college journey?

I wish someone would have told me to get involved from the very beginning. I was so focused on my schoolwork as a freshman that I missed out on a lot of opportunities to grow as a person and as a future professional. Being away for college becomes so much easier when you have a support system near you that understands the changes you’re experiencing. It’s also a great way to make friends! I encourage everyone to get involved on campus because you never know what opportunities may be presented to you. I once heard that opportunities are never missed, they’re just given to someone else.

Q: How can students join your organization?

Students can join NABA by coming to our meetings and paying their dues. Local dues are $10 per semester and national dues are $35 for 12 months. To view our calendar of events and learn more about us, students can go to www.txstatenaba.com. I hope to see a lot of new faces!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prepare for the Workplace!

Check out the event below to hear stories from alumni and how they successfully transitioned into the working world!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Interviewing Skills- Weds, March 1st at 5pm

This workshop will be delivered in two parts. First there will be a session similar to the Speed Interviewing section of Bobcat Career Prep. Each practice interview session will last 10 minutes with three rotations for a total of 30 minutes of practice interviewing. The next part of the workshop will be a presentation by your Career Advisor, Bruce Howard, about the basics of being prepared for an interview. In addition, Bruce will hand out some worksheets with helpful interview preparation tips. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek Mini-Case Competition- Thursday, February 16, 12:30 - 1:50 pm McCoy Hall 126

Teams from McCoy College student organizations will be given a week to prepare a response to Bloomberg Businessweek article: Recovering U.S. Economy Helps Veterans Find Jobs. Join us for the competition and to support your fellow students!

A special thank you to Bloomberg Businessweek, sponsor of the Bloomberg Businessweek Mini-Case Competition, for their generous support of Business Leadership Week 2017.
  • Brian McKay, Assistant Director, Facilities Operations, Texas State
  • Jason Mock, President, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
  • Milt Nielsen, Special Assistant to the VP of  Information Technology, Texas State

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don't Miss Our Key Events Tomorrow: Distinguished Lecture & Alumni Panel

Alumni Panel- Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 - 1:50 pm, McCoy Hall 119

A panel of McCoy College of Business Administration alumni will discuss their experience and perspective on business leadership. Each panelist will have 5 minutes to talk about themselves and their current job, 25 minutes of structured Q&A from a set of pre-determined questions, and 25-30 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
Panelists include
  • Kelly Swart, Sales Analyst, CBRE
  • Chris Wojtewicz, Management Analyst, Texas Army National Guard
  • Johnathan Wojtewicz, Co-founder, Bunker Labs

Distinguished Lecture: Conflict Resolution: Understanding Your Role as a Leader- Wednesday, February 15, 2 - 3:20 pm, McCoy Hall 233

Jeff Haynes, Colonel, USMC (retired)

To view the schedule of events click here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Leadership Panel- Tuesday, February 14, 11am-12:20pm, McCoy Hall Room 233

A panel of professionals from various backgrounds will share their leadership experience and perspective on the theme Inspired Leadership, Overcoming Conflict.

Amberly Russell, Fundraising and Development Consultant, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas


Koy McDermott, Leaders Inspire Leaders, LLC

Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager, City of Austin, Texas

Keynote: Developing Leaders for a Complex World- TODAY 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, McCoy Hall 119


Jonathan Silk (bio), Executive Director of Leadership Development, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and Executive Director of the UNTHSC Leadership Institute

Silk will share stories from experiences in the U.S. Army on how he was developed to lead and concepts for developing others to lead in an increasingly complex world. The session will be an interactive learning experience as he shares lessons learned in combat applicable across the spectrum of industries and professions, and engages the audience to share their experiences and perspectives.
Sponsored by Students in International Business

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