Alyssa Eggert is drawn to leadership. “Something I always tell myself is that there is always room for growth,” she says. “I push myself to grow and learn as a leader every opportunity I get.” In fact, she actively seeks out those opportunities. In addition to being a Lubar Ambassador, representing the Lubar School to future students and other guests, Alyssa has been an Orientation Leader for UWM’s New Student Program. Last fall, she was nominated to the Ignite Leadership Program on campus, a six-week leadership development initiative that she says provided her with a new and more diverse perspective on leadership and its value and importance. A student in the Lubar School’s Business Scholars program, as well as UWM Honors College, Alyssa also studies Spanish and has been recognized on the Dean’s List throughout her studies. She’s majoring in human resources management, she says, because she feels that it is the place within a business where she can have a positive influence on company culture and help to create an inclusive and constructive atmosphere.
Aaron Flierl, Junior
Finance & Information Technology Management majors, Business Scholar
Aaron Flierl says that the mostly likely place you will find him in the classroom is sitting in the front row and engaged. He takes academics seriously, challenging himself with 16-19 credit semesters and Business Scholars coursework. But the classroom isn’t the only place he challenges himself. When he joined the co-ed business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi his first semester at UWM, he threw his hat in the ring for an officer position and was elected pledge class president. In 2019, he and another member coordinated the organization’s inaugural Spring Business Conference, which provides students with the chance to develop professionally and build networks with the companies that attend. Now, he serves as chapter president of Delta Sigma Pi, ensuring that the chapter meets national requirements for fulfilling professional development, community service, and social events. “During my time in this position, I have learned how important it is to be a mentor while leading,” he says. “I have really embraced that and it’s been extremely rewarding to see those I’ve mentored grow and succeed.”
Meghan Garvin, Senior
Marketing major, International Business certificate, Women and Gender Studies minor
Meghan Garvin’s experience as a Lubar student is leading her to a path of communication and advocacy. “I want to use my degree in marketing to secure a platform and voice to advocate change at a corporate level,” Meghan says. Last year, as part of the Start-Up Challenge sponsored by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Meghan’s challenge was to bridge the communication gap between the university and students on the transparency of sexual assault reports and protocol. Her research included meetings with department heads, the Title IX coordinators at UWM and another university, UWM’s chief of police, the Dean of Students, and others. This experience led her to pursue an independent study on the issue and eventually to become involved in promoting The Red Watch Band bystander training program. “Everything is business,” she says, “and marketing has the power to communicate to users the purpose of all products and ideas.” Meghan is a member and Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship for the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
Giulia Guerra Montes, Junior
Marketing major, Economics minor,
Journalism, Advertising & Media Studies minor
As a student athlete on UWM’s Division I swim team, Giulia Guerra Montes has learned that being fast in the water is not enough to help your team be successful. “Being part of a team teaches you leadership every single day. Being a leader means putting others before yourself and sacrificing your time and ego to give everyone equal space and importance.” Giulia has applied those leadership insights beyond her athletic team, serving on the board of the Lubar School’s chapter of the American Marketing Association in both finance and event planning functions. Through the AMA, she’s also had the opportunity to compete in (and win a few!) sales competitions, in which students pitch a product to a “stranger” who is actually an employee of the company whose product is being pitched. This summer, she completed a sales and marketing internship with Sherwin-Williams, developing skills in both areas while considering what she might pursue in her future career. She’s also an active volunteer with the Pink march in support of breast cancer research and Athletes in Action.
Adrianna Henry, Senior
Finance & Supply Chain & Operations Management majors
Adrianna Henry has been a soccer player her entire life, including during her first year in college. Through that, she says, she’s become accustomed to being among strong women and has learned many important leadership lessons. When she arrived at UWM in her sophomore year, she joined another group of strong women in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and on the Panhellenic Council. She quickly became an officer in both organizations focusing on philanthropy. She created UWM’s first Circle of Sisterhood Week to build awareness and support to raise oppressed women and children out of poverty. In addition, she led volunteer efforts with La Causa Charter School, the MDA Black-N-Blue Ball and muscle walk, the Girls on the Run Sneaker Soiree, and other causes. Adrianna was invited as one of only 40 Gamma Phi Beta members internationally to join the REAL Leadership Conference in 2018. “This conference reinforced my beliefs in my decisions, morals, and responsibility to lead,” she shares.
Jaquilynn Huff, Senior
Marketing major, Communication minor
Jaquilynn Huff thinks big when it comes to her career
aspirations: to be a transformational leader, perhaps in the area of education reform. As a site director for an after-school program for inner city youth over the last two years, she has guided a team of group leaders to lead with pride and intention while working with students. “As hard as it’s been, it’s also brought me a lot of joy to see the changes and improvements we have made,” she says. “At my job, I see a lot of students falling behind and struggling to read. I want to be a part of the change that makes quality education a right for all students.” Jaquilynn also served as president of the UWM Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, where she led the chapter’s goal setting process and increased membership by 65%. Her academic accomplishments also led to her being invited to the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. On campus, she has helped other Lubar students as a tutor for the introduction to supply chain course.
Tyler Junk, Senior
Human Resources Management major, Business Spanish minor, Business Scholar
Tyler Junk’s interest in human behavior led him to the human resources management major at the Lubar School, where he’s already applying his HR education to the activities in which he’s involved. As president of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, recognizing that leadership transitions often have negative impacts on student organizations, he developed succession plans and documentation to ensure continuity across years. Under his leadership, the chapter was recognized as “Most Improved Chapter of 2019” from among 300 chapters worldwide. Similarly, Tyler created a manual for his position as Director of Communications for the Society of Human Resource Management. Heavily involved in these organizations and the Business Scholars program, Tyler says that surrounding himself with other driven students has “helped motivate me to pursue internships and further career opportunities.” He is currently engaged in his second human resources internship at Baird. He has also given back to the community as a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House and by coordinating American Red Cross blood drives.
Meghan Newman, Senior
Finance & Pre-Law majors, Business Scholar
Meghan Newman decided at age 15 that she wanted to become an attorney, but she didn’t want to pursue the common route through a political science or philosophy major. “I wanted to set myself apart by going into business.” Now approaching the end of her undergraduate degree, she says she feels more confident about what she might be able to contribute to the legal profession, hoping to specialize in anti-trust law. Along the way, she has developed some important skills through her involvement in Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Omicron Pi that will help her achieve her goals. She says, “The experience I have had leading in both chapters has taught me about accountability, dedication and organization, helping me in both my studies and my internship (with Baird).” A Business Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta member, and Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society member, Meghan’s five-year plan includes finishing law school and completing two years as an associate at a Chicago law firm.
Emma Rieder, Senior
Human Resources Management & Marketing majors, Business Scholar
Not every student chooses to take physics as a general science elective, but Emma Rieder says that she likes to push herself to excel by taking challenging classes. “I learned very soon into college that my passion was to help others,” Emma says. As a Business Scholar majoring in Human Resources Management, she sought out a human resources internship in her sophomore year, and travels almost an hour each way three to four days per week since then to learn how to apply the topics she was learning in the classroom. Still, she has found time to be involved in the UWM chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Kappa Tau sorority, serving as an officer in both organizations. Applying her knowledge of HR concepts, she created various workshops for recruitment of new members, interviewing, and teamwork. As a high school student, she volunteered over 100 hours each year, and has continued her commitment to the community in college by being involved in the Diabetes Research Foundation and Special Olympics, among other causes.
Collin Roberts, Senior
Finance major, Entrepreneurship certificate, Business Scholar
In the summer of 2017, Collin Roberts volunteered in the remote Hill Tree Tribe Villages in Thailand, teaching children English, building sustainable farming sites at schools, and even caring for wild Asian elephants. Being exposed to such a different way of life and circumstances, he says, has motivated him “to explore ways to create lasting, positive impacts in people’s lives through entrepreneurship, learning, and teaching.” Involved throughout his college career in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and UWM’s Startup Challenge, he has created and worked through three startups, participating in idea pitch competitions, business plan competitions, startup classes, and workshops. He was also selected as a UWM University Innovation Fellow, which includes intense design thinking training to innovate and improve students’ experiences. As he’s developing his plans to bring his first product to market, he’s already thinking about moving on to his next startup, which he hopes will positively impact peoples’ lives. He says, “Reflecting on my four years at UWM, I am most thankful for the countless professional connections I have made with local, outgoing entrepreneurs and many spectacular student entrepreneurs.”
Megan Safranski, Senior
Finance, Human Resources Management, & Marketing majors
Megan Safranski runs ahead of the pack, both on the field and in the classroom. As a top student and top athlete – competing on UWM’s Cross Country and Track teams – Megan was recognized with the UWM Faculty Athletic Representative Award for having the highest cumulative GPA on the women’s cross-country team. Being on a team, however, isn’t all about being in front. “As a leader on my team, I have had the opportunity to organize many team bonding activities,” she says. She honed her leadership skills through UWM’s Ignite Leadership program. Megan’s outstanding record and her leadership experience has also driven her to give back to her hometown community in Elgin, Illinois, where she has spoken about motivation and the benefits of physical activity to the local Girls on the Run chapter and to her former high school track team. After graduation, Megan plans to stay here in Milwaukee, a city she “fell in love with.” Currently, she is working as a Human Resources Information Systems
Intern at Badger Meter.
Rachael Samalis, Senior
Supply Chain & Operations Management major, International Business certificate
When Rachael Samalis says that being in the Army ROTC and a full-time student has been a “positive yet intense lesson in time management,” she’s not exaggerating. As a freshman at the Lubar School, she joined the Supply Chain Management Association to advance her performance in the classroom. Now on the executive board, she’s reaching out to major corporations to help students learn together outside of the classroom about logistics, supply chain, and operations issues. With three years of ROTC under her belt, she currently serves in a cadet leadership position, working with 30 soldiers in her National Guard unit on logistics-related tasks. In between these two major responsibilities, she still finds time to volunteer with organizations such as Feeding America, Kings Veterans Home, and Stand Down Milwaukee. She also proudly sings the National Anthem at various events, and regularly participates in Color Guard services. Rachael hopes to work in supply chain with a life science or pharmaceutical company, and will be commissioning into the Army National Guard as a second lieutenant after graduation.
Kirsten Sanford, Senior
Human Resources Management major, Communication minor, Business Scholar
Kirsten’s Sanford’s internship supervisor at Baird calls her a role model, and it’s not hard to see why. As a student, she’s part of the highly selective Business Scholars program and an officer in the UWM chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. She’s also working with Lubar HR faculty on a project to align UWM’s program with the SHRM-Certified Professional exam so that Lubar HR majors can sit for the exam and become certified before graduation. As an HR Change Management Intern at Baird, she’s had the opportunity to work with HR Business Partners, play a supporting role in a major acquisition, and take part in the company’s Innovation Challenge project, which gave her the opportunity to present her team’s idea to the company’s CEO. All of this, she says, “enhances my experiences in my classes and helps me make connections, giving me an academic advantage.” While earning her degree at the Lubar School of Business, Kirsten has also completed a Corporate Communication Certificate that focuses on strategy and change from Cornell University.
Madeline Sobojinski, Senior
Accounting & Information Technology Management majors, Business Scholar, Honors College
You know you’re at the top of your class when you are in Business Scholars, Honors College, Beta Gamma Sigma, and selected as the grader for Professor Paul Fischer’s intermediate accounting course. Madeline Sobojinski has checked all of those boxes and more. She also manages to find the time to serve as an accounting tutor, be a campus peer mentor, and volunteer her time. She belongs to UWM’s Campus Crew for the Love Your Melon organization, which plans and executes experiences for children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment. The work she does is personal to match each child’s individual interests and leave a lasting impression. She has also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, Zion Rock, and UWM’s Make a Difference Day. Pre-Covid, Madeline completed a Field Accounting Internship with Northwestern Mutual, and hopes to intern with a Big 4 firm next summer. After graduating with her BBA, she plans to continue on at the Lubar School for her master’s degree in professional accounting, earn CPA certification, and work in public accounting.
Sydney Stauffer, Senior
Finance & Human Resources Management majors
Sydney Stauffer knows that achieving her goals will come through traditional academic success and the proactive pursuit of other opportunities that align with her vision of her future. In addition to doubling majoring in finance and HR management, she is pursuing an Associate in Risk Management designation through The Institutes to help her stand out. To gain other experience and perspectives, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the PRIMA Conference to further her public risk management education. She also received the highly competitive 2019 MRA HR Excellence Award, allowing her to attend specialized learning and development courses. According to her faculty advisor, as president of the Society for Human Resource Management, Sydney demonstrated her true leadership stripes, creativity, energy, focus, and organizational and communications skills, quickly earning the respect of her peers. Managing all of this while working 25+ hours per week as an intern with Artisan Partners and on campus as a human resources generalist, Sydney says, “has been challenging and rewarding.”
Tanner Trombley, Senior
Accounting & Finance majors
Tanner Trombley had a bit of a jump start to his academic career at UWM. With 30 advance placement credits and other accredited courses, Tanner became the first student in the Lubar School’s history to take the tough intermediate accounting course his freshman year. Where most would have been intimidated, he earned 100% on the midterm and 99% on the final. That began an academic career marked by achievement both inside and outside of the classroom. Tanner became the youngest president of UWM’s Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity, where he is proud to have received the prestigious Eta Theta Keys Award, voted on by the membership to recognize the chapter member who has demonstrated the most impact on those around them and on the chapter itself. He has completed an Assurance & Audit Internship with Deloitte, and also served as the accounting and finance tutor for the Lubar School’s Executive MBA program. After graduation, Tanner will join the master’s in professional accounting program, planning to specialize in audit before earning his CPA designation and joining a public accounting firm.
Sara Zaidan, Junior
Information Technology Management & Marketing majors, Entrepreneurship & International Business certificates
Sara Zaidan says that her father’s entrepreneurial ventures have inspired her to consider opportunities that might take her down her own entrepreneurial path. She has worked with him to explore the process of finding manufacturers and private labeling, marketing and advertising strategy, and internet sales, prompting her to develop some of her own business ideas. As a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, she is also being exposed to inspiring local entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurship-savvy students. A high-achieving student majoring in both IT management and marketing, Sara is also involved in UWM’s Muslim Student Association, where she serves as a board member. Her goals include providing campus Muslims with a safe space to socialize and learn, expanding membership, and educating others on Muslim beliefs and finding commonalities across cultures. She is pursuing certificates in both entrepreneurship and international business on top of her double major