Women in Business Breakfast inspires students to 'stay curious'

About 100 students and 15 guest speakers attended the Glenbrook South Titan School of Business’ third annual Women in Business Breakfast on Dec. 4. 

Represented careers ranged from program management to hospitality sales, law, consulting, accounting, recruiting and many more. Panelists included Nancy Bein of Mars Inc., Amy Jarosz of Plante Moran, April Diehl of Saggezza Inc. and Rula Marziani of Optimas OE Solutions.

Bein and Marziani actually graduated from GBS themselves.

“I always thought I would be an accountant in high school, but I ended up studying economics in college which led me into law,” said Marziani, vice president of legal affairs. “If nothing else, stay curious. You all can do anything.”

Bein spoke toward setting up a formula for success. 

“I’ve always followed a formula of working hard and setting goals,” said the senior manager of global research and development. “I believe success comes from committing to quality work, having empathy for your team, understanding how to navigate organizational politics, and telling a good story – bringing people along with you on your journey.”

Elle Stewart, a sophomore, attended the breakfast event for the first time this year. She said her biggest takeaway was learning it’s “OK to change paths.”

“I learned its OK to be curious and independent, and figure out what you want to do for yourself,” Stewart said. 

The Titan School of Business is a division of the Career and Technical Education Department at GBS. The department aims to provide students with experiences to be career and college ready.

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Women in Business Breakfast inspires students to 'stay curious'