Earlier this month, members of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an international honors organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students, converged in St. Louis, MO for the Missouri Valley Regional Best Practices Competition.
Missouri State students placed in all three categories of the best practices competition:
1st Place: Community Outreach – Erin Eckels, Zachary Herbert, and Amanda Wieberg
1st Place: Leadership Development – Matthew Barris, Katlyn Braun, and Laura Zhang
2nd Place: Strategic Planning – Andrew Anderson, Ariana Corrales, Brandy Dinwiddie, Bingyi Liu, MengYing Chen, and Angela He
Also attending the competition were Holly Briddle, Dakota Cordel, Nichole Johnson and Derek Walters.
The two 1st place teams will travel to Anaheim, California in August to compete in the National Competition.
To become a member of Beta Alpha Psi, students must attend an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited program, be among the top 35% of their university class or have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Cleaning company ‘helping people becoming better leaders’
By: Megan Burke, staff reporter
“Seven years ago my phone rang at 1:30 a.m,” 29-year-old Kristen Hadeed started as she spoke to a large crowd of MSU students on Tuesday, April 18. “I answered the phone, and it’s a client. He said, ‘I’m wondering if you can send one of your employees, Meghan, to hospice?’”
The crowd could feel the emotion in Hadeed’s story as she went on to tell how the man’s mother wanted Meghan, who cleaned their house every week, to come hold her hand as she was dying.
“We’re a cleaning company. On what planet do you want your cleaning person to hold your hand as you die? What I realized in that moment is that you can find meaning in anything that you do,” Hadeed said.
After starting the company Student Maid during college in Gainesville, Florida, at just 20 years old, Hadeed has now owned and operated her own business for eight years. In that time, she has employed anywhere between 150 to 500 students per year. She has also given a TED Talk titled “How to Retire by 20,” which has received over two million views. Through her business, she strives to help her employees, who are all college students, become better leaders and discover where their passions are in life.
“There were things I really didn’t want to do, but my parents still encouraged me to try. They pushed my sister and I to do things that were uncomfortable,” Hadeed said.
Growing up, Hadeed says she was an aspiring entrepreneur throughout her childhood, from putting up flyers for a babysitting business at age six, to selling her parents’ items from her makeshift “store” in fifth grade. She said the key to her success has been curiosity, her promise to value people over profits and her willingness to try whatever it took to succeed.
What started as an ad on Craigslist to clean houses turned into a business that would grow to become Florida’s largest independently owned cleaning service.
“I always thought that I would move to New York and work on Wall Street. I wanted to make a lot of money,” Hadeed said.
Hadeed later realized, empowering others to succeed inspired her more than any paycheck she ever received.
According to the 2016 Gallup report, “Employee Engagement in U.S. Stagnant in 2015,” employee engagement has consistently averaged less than 33 percent over the past 15 years, which means over 67 percent of people are consistently disengaged from their jobs. Gallup, Inc. is a global survey research group based out of the U.S. They do performance-management consulting and mainly study behaviors and attitudes in the workplace.
“87 percent of the world is disengaged at work. They go home at the end of the day not feeling connected to the work that they do and not feeling fulfilled. That’s terrible. We spend most of our time at work. How sad,” Hadeed said.
Hadeed strives to create a workplace in which her employees are using their talents and interests while also learning vital life skills that will help them achieve their goals in their future careers.
“Everything we do is actually not about cleaning; it’s about helping people become better leaders. Our training is about building relationships, listening and communicating.”
Maria Jose Toro, who has worked at Student Maid for four years as a cleaner and as part of the leadership team, says this job has been empowering for her and her fellow employees.
“The environment has been incredibly welcoming for my self discovery of my strengths. It’s helped me practice what my natural gifts are and helped me get a better understanding of what I need and what I’m good at,” Jose Toro said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50 percent of all new businesses fail in their first year of operation. For having never seen herself as a leader, Hadeed has come a long way. She cites her countless failures as the reason she is so successful today.
From using the first $1,000 of her $10,000 business loan to buy “sushi and saki bombs” for her and her friends, to having 45 of her first 60 employees quit and walk out without warning, her failures have cost her greatly but have benefited her even more in the long run.
“I’m honestly just very amazed at what she has accomplished. It’s very inspiring,” Keaton Leslie, sophomore finance major said. “Bouncing back from those failures. The tendency is to fail and feel down and stay down. Then it just turns into a domino effect. I think really coming back stronger and being mentally strong is one of the biggest things in success.”
Hadeed believes the most important advice she can give to college students who will soon enter the workforce is to find your “why,”—in other words, the purpose in your career. She also stresses curiosity and taking strides toward being fearless and self-reliant, as this will help you later on in your career.
“Reading and learning beyond what you’re learning in class is important. I was an avid reader, and I took a speed reading class just so I could read more,” Hadeed said.
She talked about her good friend and author, Simon Sinek, whose work is based around inspiration and where it comes from. He came up with the idea of the “Golden Circle.” The circle graph consists of “what,” “how” and “why.” Hadeed says it is important to focus not on the “what” and “how,” but rather on the “why” of your business or life –– she says this will in turn make everything worthwhile.
Hadeed talked with students at Meyer Library as part of the David Glass Lecture Series hosted by the College of Business.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to hear from someone outside the class about things they’re learning inside the classroom, Special Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant for the College of Business Mary Grace Phillips, said.
While not many people will go on to become so close with their clients and customers that they request to hold their hands on their deathbeds, Hadeed believes we can all achieve a better quality of life if we find our “why” and give meaning to the world through our own individual purpose.
This article appeared in the April 24, 2017 edition of The Standard and can be accessed online here.
Congratulations are in order for the students listed below. Each spring the College of Business (COB) leadership team including the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Heads and faculty select recipients for the top honors in the college. Students are selected for awards from a variety of criteria including academic achievement, dedication to the public affairs mission, dedication inside and outside of the classroom, and some awards require a personal essay. Students have graduated in summer or fall 2016 or will graduate in May 2017.
The Spring Awards Dinner to recognize this group of high achieving students, was held April 27, at the John A and Genny Morris Conservation Center. Members of the COB Executive Advisory Council were in town for their bi-annual meeting and participated in the awards dinner. Congratulations to each of the students!
School of Accountancy Awards
School of Accountancy Outstanding Graduating Senior: Alex Jefferson
School of Accountancy Faculty Award for Excellence: Brandon Weissman
Federation of Schools of Accountancy Outstanding Graduate Student: Tanner Courtney
Computer Information Systems Awards
Outstanding CIS Student: Suliman Alhomidan
Outstanding AITP Student: Jared Danielson
Finance and General Business Awards
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Risk Management and Insurance: Annabelle Kacmar and Alexis Skiniotes
Outstanding Graduating Senior in General Business: Millie Kinsbury
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Finance: Jacob Masterson
Outstanding Graduating Senior in General Business from the MSU China Campus: Mengyuan Li
Outstanding Student in Master of Health Administration: Isaac McKinght
Outstanding Student in Management: Nicholas Rodenberg
Outstanding Student in Human Resources Management: Kourtney Mudd
Outstanding Student in Entertainment Management: Madison Fritts
Outstanding Student in Marketing Exemplifying the Public Affairs Mission: Mary Katherine Hilmes
Marketing Club Outstanding Member: Hannah Moore
Advertising Club Outstanding Member: Hannah Moore
Outstanding Marketing Student in the Advertising & Promotion Option: Alexa Eghbali
Outstanding Marketing Student in the Marketing Research Option: Victoria Bottorff
Outstanding Marketing Student in the Sales & Sales Management Option: Kaylee Chappelow
Outstanding Marketing Student in the Marketing Management Option: Matthew Haley
Outstanding Marketing Student in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Linda Coroleuski
Technology and Construction Management Award
Armin F. and Vivian M. Gimbel Achievement Award: Cody Stout
College of Business Awards
Outstanding Master of Business Administration Award: Arthur Guslim
David D. Glass Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Business: Kelsea Fink
The Joseph Daniel Delp Award is given to a graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement, performance, leadership, and perseverance.
Nicole Johnson (recipient)
The Virgil Cheek Memorial Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in business in recognition of exceptional academic achievement and leadership. This is the top award in the College of Business.
Kourtney Mudd (recipient)
Dean’s Distinguished Scholars
There are two ways a student can become a Dean’s Distinguished Scholar: recipients may be graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors, or have been nominated by their academic department to become a finalist for the Joseph Daniel Delp or Virgil Cheek Memorial Awards.
The following students were elected to campus wide leadership positions at Missouri State University for the 2017-2018 academic year! Congratulations to these, bizbears!
Brandon McCoy, an Economics Major and Finance and Business minor from Spokane, Missouri, was elected Student Body President for 2017-2018. Serving as Vice President will be Caitlin Schafer, a Management major from Jefferson City, MO.
Eric Mertens, an Accounting major from Belleville, IL, was elected senior class president.