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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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Beta Gamma Sigma Information Session & LinkedIn – A Professional Enrichment Event – Fall 2014

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) WPU Chapter hosted their first event this Fall semester and it was a hit! The semi-annual Professional Enrichment Information Session and LinkedIn event, held Thursday October 16th, brought in over 60 ambitious business students; all eager to learn about what William Paterson’s BGS Chapter has to offer. The students enjoyed pizza and soda as I presented the meaning of being inducted into the Society, the high recognition achieved through membership, and the endless benefits and opportunities offered by the organization. In addition, I discussed the importance of properly and professionally using LinkedIn as a career enhancement tool, explaining the Dos and Don’ts of the website. Students received BGS gifts and three students were fortunate enough to win a complementary induction fee raffle, valued at $67. Over all, the PE Information Session and LinkedIn event turned out to be a great success!
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Beta Gamma Sigma Information Table – Fall 2014

On October 9th, the Vice Presidents of the William Paterson University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Honor Society enjoyed two hours of promoting the chapter’s upcoming Professional Enrichment Information Session and LinkedIn event. The four VPs set up an information table early that morning at the front doors of the Cotsakos College of Business and were ready to welcome business students and explain the many perks of being a prestigious BGS member. The VPs informed students about the importance of attending the Information Session and LinkedIn event, which was held on October 16th, where they learned about the many benefits of being a BGS member, how membership is a reflection of high academic excellence, and how to properly use LinkedIn in the business word. Students enthusiastically gathered around the table as the VPs gave testimonials of how the society helped them to enhance their careers and build their resumes.


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Beta Gamma Sigma Information Session Spring 2014

Beta Gamma Sigma has again hosted its semi-annual Cotsakos College of Business professional enrichment event on March 11, 2014. The primary objective was to emphasize the benefits of joining the William Paterson Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and the importance of utilizing LinkedIn as a professional networking tool.

Many students attended the session to learn more about joining Beta Gamma Sigma. Attendees were informed that being part of the prestigious honor society is not only something to put on a resume but it is also beneficial when establishing a network of high- achieving professionals. Students who attended the session learned that it is a significant achievement to be inducted into the society.

During the second half of the event, students learned about the ever-growing significance establishing a carefully selected network on LinkedIn and utilizing it to its maximum capability. Frequent preservation and use of one’s LinkedIn can give him or her the extra edge in the competitive professional world because it is becoming increasingly common for potential employers to review your profile prior to hiring you. LinkedIn profiles should be designed to give a snapshot of who you as a professional and they should differentiate you from the rest of the candidates.

If you missed the event and are interested in knowing more on the proceeding subjects, a professional event on similar topics is scheduled to be held during the fall semester. The date, time and location of the fall event have not been determined yet.​


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Professional Enrichment Event with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car


Beta Gamma Sigma was pleased to be a part of a Professional Enrichment Event sponsored by Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Faculty and students joined the management team and networking experts from Enterprise for a fun, interactive seminar. Dr. Florenthal opened the event explaining Beta Gamma Sigma prestige and benefits. Jennifer Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise and top performing managers in the area, enlightened students with tips on networking, why we avoid networking, what effective networking is, simple do’s and don’ts, and how to leverage social media. Additional topics discussed included elevator speeches, how to utilize Twitter professionally, and LinkedIn vs. Facebook. Students were given three opportunities to win $200-$250 gift cards. The raffles included a resume contest, a Twitter contest, and a participation contest. The event concluded with a lunch and a chance to network with the top Enterprise managers.



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Profesional enrichment Event: Beta GammaSigma Honor Society and Linkedin

It was a great way to cover all the activities we do in our BGS Chapter.


Beta Gamma Sigma hosted its semi-annual Cotsakos College of Business professional enrichment event on November 21, 2013. The event was presented by Beta Gamma Sigma’s president, Dr. Bela Florenthal. In case you missed the event, the objective was to emphasize the benefits of joining the William Paterson Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and the importance of utilizing LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. The first half of the event was designed to illustrate how much of an honor to be invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma. Being part of this honor society is not just a line on a resume, it is an lifetime network of high- achieving professionals. It is a significant achievement that can be an indicator of future success in the professional world that can be taken with you wherever you go.

Dr. Florenthal also shared with the attendees how the chapter has grown over since it has started. Additionally she…

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