Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Caroline Cronin, BS'17: Everyday Leadership Can Be Effortless

An accomplished student leader at the Kelley School of Business, Caroline Cronin was recognized in Poets and Quants Best and Brightest Business Majors of the Class of 2017. Here, Caroline reflects on the leadership lessons she learned in her four years at Kelley.

Caroline Cronin, BS'17
For anyone unfamiliar with Drew Dudley’s TED talk on Everyday Leadership, I highly recommend investing the 6 minutes and 14 seconds for a bit (read: a lot) of inspiration. In the talk, Drew introduces the concept of “lollipop moments,” moments in your life when, simply by being yourself, you change someone’s life for the better without even realizing it. In his case, that moment was when he gave a lollipop to a terrified freshman on her first day at college. In my case, I was the recipient of a lollipop moment four years ago when I attended Direct Admit Day at the Kelley School of Business.

I walked into the IU Auditorium, feeling pretty small in a sea of hundreds of prospective students, and I was greeted by the ever-enthusiastic Megan Ray, Associate Director of the Kelley Undergraduate Program, with a warm hug and the biggest smile. This moment, so natural for her, told me that I was wanted, welcomed, and valued at Kelley—and this feeling has only been affirmed over the last four years. Kelley is a place that fosters the growth of servant leaders, an environment for which I will be forever grateful.

My dad always tells me to find the balance between confidence and humility, to know that you are never superior to anyone else in the room, but also that no one in the room is superior to you. I think it took me these last four years at Kelley to really understand what he means.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not the Boss? 3 Tips to Lead With Influence

By Jonlee Andrews
Clinical Professor of Marketing
Nestlé Faculty Fellow
Kelley School of Business
Picture yourself working on a team. You’re not the leader by title, but you’re responsible for getting a project done on time and in budget. You can’t do it without the cooperation of others, but you feel like you have little power.

In this common business situation, you must lead by influencing others. This is in contrast to the more traditional view of a leader whose focus is on amassing power. Leading with influence is much more powerful because people want to follow you.

Here are three tips on leading with influence:

Tip 1: Get to know people.

It’s important to understand what motivates the people around you. Get to know people—and not just your manager. Talk to your peers, teammates, staff, the maintenance crew—everyone in your work world. Ask them out for coffee or lunch. Do they have children? Grandchildren? What are their hobbies? Take a real interest in them as people with lives beyond the office.

Friday, June 9, 2017

VIDEO: Susan Jones, BS'86: Pursuing a Dream

Susan Jones had reached the second highest post possible at a Cincinnati advertising agency when she started to feel out of sync with the agency’s direction. So she resigned and started her own innovation firm, Seed Strategy, out of a home office in her barn. Today Seed Strategy, the Growth Acceleration Firm, is one of the nation's leading new product innovation firms, working with top brands all over the world.

Watch the video from Momentum, a digital magazine from the Kelley School of Business.

Susan Jones: Pursuing a Dream from Kelley School of Business on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Apply to Attend Women's Leadership Summit on April 7

Come together with student leaders from across the university on Friday, April 7, for the inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit at the Kelley School of Business. Selected attendees will discuss issues faced by today’s female leaders and learn from successful alumni and professionals. Women and men from all major programs are invited to apply to attend—only 100 will be accepted.


Noon: Registration
12:20 p.m.: Welcome from Idalene “Idie” Kesner, Dean of the Kelley School of Business
12:30 p.m.: Keynote speaker, “Leading Authentically”
12:50 p.m.: Panel, “Own Your Value, Negotiate Your Worth”
1:40 p.m.: Breakouts I
  • Reviving Mission
  • Leveraging Your Network
  • Lifting Up Others
  • Being Ethical
  • How to Be a “Manbassador” (Male Ally)
2:30 p.m.: Breakouts II (same topics as Breakouts I)
3:20 p.m.: Fireside chat, “Knowing Difference, Intersectionality”
4 p.m.: Keynote speaker, “Getting Engaged”
4:20 p.m.: Closing remarks
4:30 p.m.: Reception with speakers, faculty members, Dean’s Council and corporate partners

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Want to Make Dreams Come True? Work in Financial Services

Finance is about helping people achieve their goals, says Taeshima White, BS'05, managing director at Charles Schwab—and that's a natural fit for many women who may think they don't have a place in the industry.

Watch the video to learn the qualities and experience White says women need to be successful leaders in financial services.

Your Own True Success: Taeshima White on Women in Finance from Kelley School of Business on Vimeo.

Jennifer Conway, MBA’18: 5 Truths About Finance

Jennifer Conway, MBA’18, majored in economics in college and then worked at high-profile firms in New York and Connecticut. She worked hard, introduced new ideas and reached a level of independence.

Then she left.

She moved away from the world’s financial center to earn an MBA at the Kelley School of Business.

“In my previous role, I was practically running my own show, but I still felt stuck between the back office and client services,” Conway says. “I craved a more analytical role—and I knew an MBA would help me pivot and catapult my career.”

Since coming to Kelley, Conway has taken advantage of the personal branding and career development resources, and she’s figured out some fundamental truths about herself and the male-dominated finance world.

1. Finance is huge—find your place.

The finance industry is an ever-changing field, with many different potential roles. “Kelley helped me know my options,” says Conway. “I discovered that private wealth and alternative investments are areas where I can learn individuals’ stories and build portfolios based on their needs and desires.”