“Working Wisdom” is a podcast from the C. T. Bauer College of Business, focusing on work, life and everything in between, featuring conversations with amazing people who have navigated and overcome obstacles to achieve personal and professional success, sharing their perspectives with our hosts and audience.
C. T. Bauer Chair of Inclusive Leadership & C. T. Bauer Professor, Management & Leadership
By Derek R. Avery and Enrica N. Ruggs
Published July 14, 2020 | MITSloan Management Review
C. T. Bauer Professor Derek Avery outlines strategies to help leaders lead change to confront racial bias and inequality within their organizations.
Professor & Department Chair, Management & Leadership
Telecommuting and Working Remotely
Management & Leadership Department Chair and Professor Steve Werner discusses the benefits and the pitfalls of working remotely or telecommuting.
Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Management & Leadership
What is Inclusion?
Management & Leadership Professor Robert Eisenberger talks about how inclusion is defined, and the aspects that make up inclusion.
Leadership Under Crisis
C. T. Bauer Professor, Management & Leadership
VUCA Prime During COVID-19 Pandemic
C. T. Bauer Professor of Management & Leadership Leanne Atwater discusses VUCA Prime (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) leadership model that helps managers counteract these situations with positive responses, and how it specifically relates to COVID-19.
Resilience and Thriving
Professor, Management & Leadership
Bouncing Back Through Resilience
Management & Leadership Professor Dusya Vera talks about resilience, and the ability for organizations, and people, to bounce back after a crisis.
Professor, Management & Leadership
Thriving After Adversity
Management & Leadership Professor Dusya Vera talks about how to not only overcome adversity, but thrive despite the issue.
Resources for Women in Business
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Women in Leadership A program designed - by women for women - to explore unique leadership styles, develop personal policies, skills and implementable action plans to increase happiness and decrease stress, and develop a portfolio of negotiation skills that can help you manage conflict and navigate the business landscape. Limited seating available.
Stout Risius Ross, Inc. announces three scholarships in the amount of $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 to three junior-standing female students (Class of 2017) this year. The scholarship is called "Women in Business" and its purpose is to encourage women to pursue an education and career in finance, economics, or accounting. Visit the Bauer scholarship page to learn more.
Dusya Vera is a flurry of motion. In conversation, she speaks with her hands, often leaning forward to nod or ask a question. Vera’s life, too, is one of constant movement — she is a mother of triplets, and she works full-time as an associate professor of management at Bauer College, producing academic research and teaching graduate-level courses.“Of course I have felt overwhelmed many times, and I still do sometimes,” Vera said. “But the problem with feeling overwhelmed is that we are judging ourselves. So, one thing I repeat to myself is, ‘I am doing the best I can.’”
“I have these humongous hopes and beliefs for my children, and now I have that for my students, too. I see infinite possibility for all of them.”
In previous generations, young women may have had a more limited list of aspirations, or they may have thought of crossing one item from the list in favor of another.But today, as women continue to redefine what it means to be a female in the workplace, girls are envisioning futures for themselves that include a range of responsi-bilities and roles.
“Know your strengths, work on your weakness, and don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do it.”
Recent Bauer College alumna Rashmi Bhat (BBA ’14) discovered her career path early in life, although she didn’t know it at the time.“’Food’ was my first word as a baby,” she said. “In the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted a restaurant.”
“It is a lot of work, but if you don’t love it, don’t do it.”
Every corner of Bette Stead’s home tells a story. The framed wildlife photos are from her husband’s trips to Africa. The vintage purses represent her travels to Greenland, Korea and Europe as a member of the Melody Maids, a women’s chorus that performed for the mili-tary overseas during World War II.
“All of our lives go up and down. When I would hit a bump in the road, my aunt would say, ‘Tie another knot in the rope, and hold on.’”
Budapest native Emese Felvegi didn’t need to speak a word of English in her childhood home. Her family spoke Hungarian.But that didn’t stop the curious youngster from learning the language — repeat viewings of Star Wars and a passion for The Beatles, along with her more formal education, expanded her vocabulary and her worldview.
“I’m trying to help students pay attention to the world around them and the technology they can leverage for their benefit.”
For management and marketing junior Taylor Olanski, when faced with an uncertain situation, hanging back isn’t an option — it’s best to dive in. The Canada native has faced her fears plenty of times, even at the young age of 18. She moved to Houston in 2013 from her hometown of London, Ontario, to pursue a business education at Bauer College on a diving scholarship.
“I love to compete, test my abilities and put everything I have into the job that I am doing.”
Bethina Campbell, Lola Soyebo Harris and Maria Fernanda Guerrero share many common-alities — they are all Bauer College students and leaders in organizations at the college (Women’s Energy Network, Bauer Women Society and the National Association of Women MBAs, respectively).
As a Bauer College staff member who has risen through the ranks during her nearly 17-year career, Sara Brown (BS ’99, MBA ’02) has had the opportunity to grow into a leadership role at an organization that feels like home.
Celebrating successes and improving the future for women in business was the mission of hundreds of female MBA students and business professionals, including representatives from Bauer College, during this fall’s National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) 2015 Conference and Career Fair.
"NAWMBA creates an avenue for discussions on these challenges while creating opportunities for networking, mentoring and career development.”
College alumnus Freddy Cruz may not seem to have much in common with the classmates who graduated with him in 2001. Instead of a suit and tie, he wears Converse and jeans to work. And in place of a desk in a corner office, he does his work behind a sound board and a microphone.
"Meeting artists and celebrities is cool, but it’s not the coolest part of the gig. I really like hanging out with Houstonians. I get so excited to share really cool stuff with my listeners."
Natara Holloway (BBA ’98) didn’t move from Houston to New York to work for the National Football League because she was a die-hard football fan. She did it because she had a passion for accounting and auditing — and had for a very long time.
Female leaders may be underestimating their
supervisors’ perceptions of their work, according
to a recent Bauer College study. The study by Bauer professor Leanne Atwater,
alumna Rachel Sturm (Ph.D. ’14) and two
other colleagues focuses on women in the
workplace, examining how they predict their
bosses’ ratings of their leadership.
“We need to be doing everything we can to boost people's senses of self.”
When I graduated from Bauer College
in 2012, I felt confused. I was entering
a competitive rotational program at a
Fortune 500 company that would accelerate
my career and expose me to a wide
spectrum of opportunities. Still, I felt
lost. Although my college years prepared
me academically, I was unsure about the
direction I wanted to take my career and
how to navigate the years ahead of me.
For Bauer College accounting senior
Meggie Reynoso, life has been a lot like
one of the songs she loves to sing in
church — the beginning starts in almost a
whisper, building through the middle to a
“If you love doing something and it's your passion, keep chasing that dream and work hard because it will pay off.”
For members of Bauer College’s National Association of Women MBAs, the journey to personal and professional success is best navigated with a team.
And in the last year, this student organization has grown its team by more than doubling
membership from 2013, marking the highest level of growth since 2011, and refining its
mentorship program and professional development events. The women leading NAWMBA all have different stories, but what unites them is a shared goal in supporting each other and their classmates with a mantra that is likely familiar to many others striving for success — “We Can Do It!”
What is a four-letter word that means
tenacious, knowledgeable and dedicated? G-E-L-B.
Marketing professor Betsy Gelb exemplifies
that description. From the start
of her career at WWL-TV in New
Orleans to a four-decade tenure in Bauer
College’s Department of Marketing &
Entrepreneurship, Gelb has a breadth of
experience that makes an impression.