Individual Portraits – 2016/2017 Class


We are thrilled to welcome these beautiful faces into our 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program! 29 Student and mentor pairs will start meeting one-on-one this month and will continue through April 2017. We are so excited to see growth in everyone as we all seek to become better professionals. Here’s to the start of what is going to be a great program!

1st Year of New BBB Fellowship

Shawna Rogers, Dean Venkat Reddy, Tatiana Loa, Samantha Wood, Rashell McCann, Melinda Hagemann

(from left to right: Shawna Rogers, Dean Venkat Reddy, Tatiana Loa, Samantha Wood, Rashell McCann, Melinda Hagemann)

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado! Our students have an exclusive opportunity to apply for a year-long fellowship the year following their completion of the Career Coaching Program.

The fellowship, which awards the winning student with a $2,500 stipend, is a way for students to further develop their network and hone their soft skills in a real professional environment. In addition to being enrolled as a full-time students (undergraduate or graduate) during the time of the fellowship, the student is asked to participate in a series of BBB and UCCS College of Business events as well as prepare and present a BBB educational training for current students.

The 2016/2017 fellow was recently announced…Tatiana Loa! Tatiana is currently a senior studying International Business and Finance and completed the Career Coaching Program last year. She’s a proud first-generation student and is excited to make an impact in the professional world once she graduates in May 2017.

Just last week, Tatiana was recognized among hundreds of business leaders at the BBB’s annual ‘Night of Excellence’ Awards Gala – complete with a big $2,500 check! This fancy affair marked the beginning of her fellowship and is just a hint of what’s to come working with the BBB, an incredibly valuable asset to our local community.

We just accepted 29 new students into the 2016/2017 Career Coaching Program and are excited to see how applies for the fellowship next year!

But until then, we are excited for Tatiana and are sure that she will pave the way as our inaugural BBB fellow.

Etiquette Dinner with Liz Moore

On February 24, 2016, our group experienced one of our favorite events of the year – the Etiquette Dinner! Facilitated by College of Business staff and instructor Liz Moore, this night was full of valuable and practical experience around the dining table.

Beginning with a period of networking, students and career coaches alike learned how to juggle jackets, purses, business cards, water glasses, and appetizers. Once seated, the group enjoyed a four course meal including a salad, intermezzo (palate cleanser), entree, and dessert. Not only was it delicious but it was educational, too!

Thank you to Liz for her expert instruction – not matter the stage of our career, we all walked with something new to integrated into our next professional meal!

Area Business Tour – Cherwell Software

We are thankful to have an another opportunity to tour this local company that is taking the software industry by storm! Cherwell Software, headquartered in Colorado Springs but with other locations in Denver, Seattle, Germany, Australia, and other locations, is close to celebrating their 10 year anniversary. There are an innovative company that has experienced exponential growth year-after-year, which has been mostly good but not without growing pains.

They have an engaging summer internship program for college students, which one of our students completed two summers ago! This isn’t an internship where you just run and get coffee and donuts for the boss; it’s real world experience that is a resume builder!

Thank you to everyone at Cherwell who welcomed us, gave us insight into your culture and hiring process, and fed us lunch – we are so appreciative! (This tour happened on Friday, January 29, 2016.)

Area Business Tour – Epicentral Coworking

We love to introduce students to local entrepreneurs, and what better way to do that than at Epicentral! Our third time visiting this unique coworking space located in downtown Colorado Springs was full of inspiring stories and challenging lessons.

Five entrepreneurs – Nick Lee (lecturer and co-founder, Lee Spirits), Allison Daniel (photographer and owner, Stellar Propeller Studios), Josiah Seaman (lead developer, New Line Technical Innovations), JL Fields (vegan author, advocate, and coach), and Lisa Tessarowitz (owner, Epicentral Coworking) shared their passions and how they got to be where they are today.

Big takeaways:

  • When you follow your passion, the money will come.
  • Every successful person has had someone in their life recognize their potential, encourage them to be better, and  mentor them in some capacity.
  • Don’t limit yourself to pursuing one thing – you can have several professional pursuits throughout your life or even at the same time!
  • If you’re not being groomed for your boss’ position (or you don’t even want your boss’ position), it might be time to quit and do something new.

Students, we know that some of you will become entrepreneurs (or are already!), and we are excited to see how you change our business landscape for the better.

Individual Portraits – 2015/2016 Class

Just two weeks ago, we officially kicked off our 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program with these 21 smiling students! We are excited to embark on a new journey with them as they are mentored by a local alum or community member now through next April.

Now Accepting Applications

Considering applying to be a part of the 2015/2016 Career Coaching Program and want to know if it’s worth it? Don’t take our word on it…listen to these students who completed our most recent program! To apply, visit Applications for Career Coaches are due Friday, August 28, and applications for students are due Friday, September 11.

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