Getting Her Feet Wet in the Financial Services Industry: Alumna Katie Osentoski (McAuliffe)

Alumna, Katie Osentoski (McAuliffe), received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2014. Katie pursued professional designations in the Finance industry like Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) and Life, Health & Accident Insurance License with the state of Michigan. As a full-time Associate Wealth Coach and Mom, she is pursuing the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification. As our featured Alumni of the month, Kaite will give insight to her experiences at UM-Flint, finding what she loves in a career, crucial advice when trying to find an internship/career, and more!

From Finance to Accounting, How One Graduate Sought Change: Alumnus Maxwell Montney

Meet December’s aMAIZEing Alumni, Maxwell Montney! Maxwell received his BBA in Finance and a minor in Economics in April 2018. He has been working for at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Financial Services & Budget department for over a year as an Accountant. This fall, he decided to start his MBA in Organizational Leadership at the School of Management. As our featured Alumnus, Maxwell will provide insight into why he transitioned to the accounting field, his favorite experiences from UM-Flint, advice about pursuing a career in business and more in an interview on the SOM blog. 

Fall 2019 Alumni Career Panel

Thank you to the following SOM alumni for being apart of the annual Alumni Career Panel on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. UM-Flint is an amazing network of proud graduates and we are fortunate to be able to display that to our pre-business students. Nathan Adams, BBA '92, MBA '98, Kim Knag, BBA '96, MBA '01, Casey Lester, BBA '19, Logan McGrady, BBA '13, Cassie Sadler, BBA '12, and Sean Tabor, BBA '16. Thank you again to our wonderful alumni for speaking to our current students and for giving them the opportunity to ask questions about life after college. We will have more opportunities for alumni panelists every fall and winter. If you are interested in being a future panelist, please connect with the School of Management LinkedIn page where we post updates on needing alumni speakers for events!

RECENT GRADUATE CONTRIBUTES ADVICE AND HUMOR ABOUT HIS TIME AT UM-FLINT: Alumnus Casey Lester

Alumnus, Casey Lester, received his BBA in General Business in April 2019 from UM-Flint’s School of Management. During his time at UM-Flint, Casey worked full-time at Huntington National Bank and gave back to his community by serving on the board of Flint Community School Board of Education during the Flint Water Crisis. As our featured Alumnus, Casey answers questions on his favorite experiences from UM-Flint, accomplishments, and advice about pursuing a career in business. Click MORE to read to the full article!

Maize and Blue recipient, cheerleader, and sorority sister lands incredible opportunity at PWC: Alumna Olivia Norfolk

Alumna, Olivia Norfolk, graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Accounting in April 2018. During her time at UM-Flint, Olivia received the distinguished Maize and Blue Award and the Plante Moran Outstanding Accounting Award in her graduating class. She also was involved with Greek life and a proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and Order of Omega. Olivia currently works for one of the Big Four auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as a Risk Assurance Associate. Only one year after graduating from UM-Flint, she received her MBA and CPA certifications. As our featured Alumna, Olivia answers questions on why she chose UM-Flint, her path as a young businesswoman, and advice on how to pursue a career.

An Entrepreneur within a Corporate Setting: Alumna, Madison McCrum

Alumna, Madison McCrum, graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Business Management with a focus in EIM in 2018. Madison was involved with the Entrepreneurs Society and the Hagerman Center during her undergraduate studies. At the age of 22, Madison now works for a Fortune 500 company and has moved out of the state to work in North Carolina and Florida. She credits her decision to concentrate in entrepreneurship to her strong-willed personality. Having the go-getter attitude has impressed employers she has met. As our featured Alumna, Madison answers questions on why she chose UM-Flint, life after college, and advice for students interested in management. 

MANAGING RISK: Alumnus ANDREW HARTMAN

Managing Risk: Alumnus Andrew Hartman (BBA ’11 & MBA ’16) graduated from UM-Flint’s School of Management with a BBA in Finance. During his studies, he was heavily involved in the Alternative Breaks programs with University Outreach and continues to be involved in the program as an alum. Currently, Andrew works in risk management as a Project Manager Intermediate at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. His team identifies strategies for suppliers that the risk analysts have deemed to be financially substandard. As our featured Alumnus, Hartman answers questions on why he chose UM-Flint, career changes, and advice for students interested in a career change to risk management. 

Winter 2019 Alumni Career Panel

The School of Management hosted an Alumni Career Panel on February 20, 2019. A variety of eight School of Management alumni who graduated with either graduate or undergraduate degrees from 2014-2017 came to the university to talk about life after college to undergraduate pre-business students. The alumni speakers gave their opinions on how to manage stress or work-life balance, how to bounce back from a failure, what companies look for in hiring young talent, the importance of internships during college, and the perks of their professions in the business field they work in.  Thank you to our wonderful alumni for speaking to our current students and for giving them the opportunity to ask questions about life after college. We will have more opportunities for alumni panelists every fall and winter. If you are interested in being a future panelist, please connect with the School of Management LinkedIn page where we post updates on needing alumni speakers for events!

Winter 2019 Alumni Visit

UM-Flint graduate, Ziad Lajnef BBA '02, MBA '03, presented to a classroom full of graduate and undergraduate students and alumni about the ins and outs of internal audits like what strategies to use, talent and diversity of the team, and tactical planning and processing. He gave informative advice to, “Become data savvy. The more you’re involved and knowledgeable in the market, the better off you’ll be.” Click more to read the full article! 

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