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BGS Meet the Leaders of Business Speaker Series – November 6th, 2014 Sponsored by WPU Chapter


Once again this semester, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) hosted a successful and inspiring Professional Enrichment event! The BGS chapter of William Paterson University (WPU) was a proud participant in the 2014-2015 Meet the Leaders of Business (MLOB) Speaker Series on Thursday, November 6th, 2014. The MLOB program offers direct perspectives of prominent business professionals speaking on a variety of relevant topics.

The President of William Paterson University, Kathleen Waldron, in her communication to the university community stated:
“Patricia Powell ’73, 2013 Distinguished Alumna Legacy Awardee and a Foundation Board member, was chosen by Beta Gamma Sigma as one of the speakers for its Meet the Leaders of Business Speakers Series. Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the importance of letting the best in business learn from the best of business and launched this special speaker series program, featuring prominent business professionals. Pat is the founder and president of The Powell Financial Group, and an adjunct faculty member in financial planning at William Paterson.  She was the guest speaker on the November 6 program at William Paterson that was aired live via webcast. The program was very well received by the students and participants and we are grateful to Pat for sharing her expertise and insight with our students.”

Ms. Powell spoke of how she reinvented herself throughout her career. Being a Mathematics and Education major, her first job was a bank teller. But she succeeded to climb up the corporate ladder and become a successful business professional. Despite the obstacles Ms. Powell faced as a woman trying to make it in an industry dominated by men, she never stopped chasing her dream job, until she reached it and more. Ms. Powell’s words, “Never say no to an opportunity”, echoed throughout her presentation; advice she lived by throughout her career. She was, and continues to be, open to new experiences and opportunities, which opened one door after another in her rise to success. Ms. Powell inspired all students in the audience, especially financial planning majors, to tackle the business world with confidence.
Missed the event? Don’t worry! You can watch the recording of the live broadcast:
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