Tag: Motivation

My Thoughts on Becoming the new President of Business and Economics Alumni at CCNY

As I mentioned in a previous post, on July 1, 2017 I will begin my term as President of Business and Economics Alumni at CCNY (BEAS).

First it is an honor that the School of Social Sciences, the Alumni Association, and my fellow members of the Board of Directors all agree and find me fit to serve in this role.  This is a position that I have always held in a high regard and I will do my absolute maximum to live up to the title.

I have been in leadership roles since I was 18, I am now 35, I have less hair on my head and a bit of what remains has even turned a shade of gray.  I know I have the necessary experience to lead a board of highly accomplished men and women.  Members of this board are both older and younger than I am.  Some members of this board have more experience than I do in many areas.  I will be looking to those members to help guide me.  To those members where I have a bit more age and experience, I will always do the maximum to be there to assist and guide you.  I anticipate having a great time in learning about everyone in a greater level of detail than I have had in the past.

I’m taking over a board in transition.  I will have a new 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, and Secretary.  I am replacing a President that has served for 7 years, and has at the same time achieved a long list of accomplishments in her own career.  As this is a unique opportunity to add members to the board, I will be adding 6 new members that have varied experience in architecture, business, economics, education, and history.  I am glad that I have had the opportunity to add recent graduates too.  The recent graduates come from the new undergraduate Economics Business and Finance Society that I have had the pleasure of working hard to put together over the semesters of FA 16 and SP 17.

To the departing members of the board, I thank you for your service.  Without your contributions, I wouldn’t be in this position.

To the members of the board that are staying on, I may have only been added to the board in the Fall of 2015 but my dedication to the university and to develop an undergrad – alumni community is why I want this position.  Things will be different coming from a previous presidency spanning 7 years; I ask that you please put faith in my leadership and management abilities and give me a chance to show you all what I can do.

To the new members of the board, I have known most of you going back to 2010 and 2011.  I’ve been a student with you, been your friend, and worked with you, we’ve built trust in each other.  I know I can count on you to be your best.

To the 2017 graduates joining the board, you’ve earned my trust over the academic year; get ready for the ride.

Lets all work together to raise BEAS up higher than it has ever been.  I know we can do it.

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As always, thank you for reading, and comment if you see fit.

 

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It Was an Honor to be on Stage for the CCNY Colin Powell School Commencement

One week ago today, on 6/1/17, I was given the honor of being on stage looking out onto a field of mostly young CCNY graduates.  


For most it was their first degree, for some their second or third but what united them was their sense of school community and spirit.  I tell people in business that I am always bluntly honest.  Speaking bluntly and honestly, I would put being up on that stage with the same kind of honor I felt when becoming President of Business and Economics Alumni for CCNY and my own commencement day.

I had the pleasure of speaking to many students, alumni, and faculty that day.  One thing that was clear was everyone shared the same sense of community and I think that, along with great faculty is what sets the Colin Powell School at CCNY apart from other departments.  The highlight of the day was being on the same stage as General Colin Powell himself.  Had someone told me 10 years ago that I would be in that position, I am certain I would have told them they were crazy.  To shake hands with General Powell afterward was a moment I surely will never forget.

I wish all of these students luck in their career endeavors; I encourage them to be bold, fair, to see both sides of an issue, and lastly to be unafraid to speak openly and honestly about their opinions on all matters.  I hope that some of those students get the chance to be on stage sitting right next to me in the future.

As always thanks for reading and comment if you see fit.

Master Motivation

There’s no way to know where and when you’ll find this master motivator, some have it from a young age; others don’t find it until they hit middle age.
Some always appear to be ahead of the game, some always appear to need to grow up. They are both wrong.
The minute you grow up and you think you have it all figured out you close down avenues you otherwise would not have.  To those that society would appear to say have not grown up yet, I would tell them that while they might be better suited with a plan, to never lose their sense of what it means to have fun.
This motivation can never die, you can only drown it out if you’re a fool. Even if for you it’s a person and they leave you, you owe it to yourself to keep motivated because of how you felt about them when they were around. It’s always present within you, but a few select people and things know how to bring it out.
Never forget it, drive towards it, let it motivate you; make it your cause in the world. Make it so that no matter where you go and no matter what you do it’s always with you. Even if it leaves you, never leave it. It’s important, and you are a fool if you forget it. For those of you that have succeeded, it’s what got you there. For those of you still trying to make it, it is what you will rely on to get you there.
Don’t be afraid to let your guard down, let people in. They may hurt you but if they do, forgive them. Open your life to others; you never know how they will inspire you and what life lessons you can learn from them.
This motivator is reliable, keep going with it, nurture and use it until you’re dead.  When you pass away, (if you’re an atheist I got nothing for you, sorry) thank God for it. For what it did for you, how it changed you, guided you, motivated you.
Push hard, do it for you and your internal driver, you owe it to yourself to make it in the end.
Embrace it, honor it, name it if you want; I will call mine Julia.