Self described Optimist, Simon Sinek, states that “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” This spring as I watched the 2016 graduates walk across the stage into the world beyond Jewell this quote seemed especially poignant. As we train future leaders we need to foster their imagination of a world that is not yet but ever so close. We need to allow them to vision, dream, realize and grow. But even if all that is achieved they need to be able to share that with others, inspire others and communicate a clear vision of what is around the bend. Optimism is much more effective when it is shared by others. We are excited about the class of 2016 and what they will do. We believe they are optimistic about the future, the impact they can have on the business world and their abilities to share that vision with others. Congratulations to the graduates! We are thankful for this legacy of leadership they leave to the students that follow them.
Please take a moment to look through the articles in this issue of Jewell Business Today. From all of us in the Department of Business and Leadership, here is wishing our students, alumni and friends a happy, safe and productive summer.
Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership
Professor Elizabeth Hoyt
By Sabrine Navarro – Professor Elizabeth Hoyt has retired from William Jewell after 35 years of teaching in the Department of Business and Leadership. The business professor began her career at Arthur Anderson and Company. She notes that after graduating from college with a major in communications she had a strong desire to teach, but job opportunities were more plentiful in the business field. After several years at the consulting firm, Hoyt decided to test the waters and send her resume to a handful or universities in the Kansas City area. “I was here in KC, married and my husband was in a law firm, not really wanting to relocate. I was just surveying to see if there would be any opportunities.”
Hoyt proved to be a desirable candidate for the position at Jewell with the chairman of the business department contacting her immediately after receiving her resume. “It turns out that they needed a person from the area that I was an expert in and what I wanted to teach.” Throughout her years at Jewell, Hoyt has become well rounded in her areas of expertise. Mainly teaching the business capstone of Business Problems and Policy, Hoyt has taught Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, and classes within the Oxbridge program and CTI curriculum. Continue reading
Steve Giles ’92
Interview By Madison Giles
Tell us about your journey since Jewell.
After graduating William Jewell in ’92, I started my career in banking, spending a number of years with Bank of America and its predecessors in the Kansas City area. After a few years with community banks in the area, I co-founded Freedom Bank in south Johnson County, Kansas where I was from 2005-2013. In an interest to get back to the Missouri side, I have ended back in Liberty working for BankLiberty as Executive Vice President / Chief Commercial Officer where I have responsibilities for commercial client relationships as well as the bank’s loan operations and credit administration departments. I live in Lee’s Summit with my wife, Kim Giles (WJC alumna) and three children. Continue reading
2016 Graduate Jennifer Ghekas.
By Chris Stack – Jennifer Ghekas (Economics and Mathematics Double Major with a Business Administration Minor) recently accepted a job at Cerner after her graduation this spring. She will be a Business Consultant and will go through a four-week training program, called ops academy, starting in September.
She chose Cerner over other job offers due to the company culture and training program that they offer. She also appreciates the many opportunities to advance in her career at Cerner and work in different positions. This positions range from consulting to finance, human resources to business analysis and accounting to marketing.
She also enjoyed going through their interview process because of the emphasis Cerner places on informing candidates about the company, taking interviewees on a tour of the main campus in Kansas City, and socializing over a dinner out. She advises those that want to work with Cerner in the future to have fun during the interview process and take advantage of every opportunity that they present to you, such as on campus events, dinners and other events that they may have.
By Nichole Marquis – Delta Mu Delta, Jewell’s business honor society, continues to recognize and encourage academic excellence of students this year. Delta Mu Delta students must be majoring in either Accounting, Business or Economics. Students must be either a Junior or Senior in their applicable undergraduate work. In addition to the above qualifications, students must have a GPA in the top 20% of their respective class and in the combined majors, with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
This year was Professor Chris McCullick’s first year sderving as faculty advisor of the society. The previous faculty advisor was Dr. Jean Hawkins. Professor McCullick states,” During this fiscal year’s meetings we discussed pursuing the STAR chapter award which can help foster an environment of community service. It is something we are hopeful of attaining in future years. In addition to encouraging eligible members to apply for Delta Mu Delta scholarships, members indicated interest in possibly participating in a community service project next year. This would be something new to the Jewell chapter, so we are trying to do our best to take reasonable steps without over-extending anyone. WJC last held the STAR chapter award for Delta Mu Delta in 2008.” Continue reading
Alex Blevins and Nichole Marquis at DECA International Conference.
By Nichole Marquis – DECA Inc. is a nonprofit student organization which, as their mission statement describes, “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe” (deca.org). DECA consists of over 200,000 high school and college students from around the world who gain knowledge through DECA’s competitive events and conferences. Collegiate DECA students compete on a state level through Missouri’s chartered association at the State Career Development Conference, then on a national level at DECA’s Collegiate International Career Development Conference.
After founding the chapter in the fall of 2015, first year students, Nichole Marquis and Alex Blevins represented Jewell at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington D.C. The pair previously attended the Collegiate DECA State Career Development in February of 2016 where they placed 2nd in the Event Planning Case Study qualifying theme to compete at the international level. With previous experiences in High School DECA, both students were very excited to attend another DECA International Conference. Continue reading
2016 Pryor Legacy Project Team
By Chris Stack – Last semester, the Pryor Leadership Class of 2016 partnered with Urban Christian Academy, located in the urban core of Kansas City, for their legacy project. They provided the Academy with a new playground and resources for a new second grade classroom.
Urban Christian Academy is an elementary school focused on providing a holistic education where students are encouraged to become leaders in their community. Students are called scholars and are told that they can grow up to be anything they want to be, regardless of their circumstances. UCA was founded a year and a half ago and currently has both a kindergarten and first grade class. To ensure that these students continue to receive a quality education, a new classroom will need to be added each year for the next 4 years to make room for a new kindergarten class of scholars. Continue reading