Lessons from an Aspiring CEO

March 08, 2016

By Jaime Eyssen

In the business world, confidence is key. Lucky for her, that is one thing that senior management and marketing major Mackenzie Shivers has learned through the numerous leadership positions she has held during her time as a student on campus at the University of Mount Union.

“Business is a male-dominated field and I think that being confident and being able to hold your own is important,” Shivers, former president of the Delta Sigma Tau sorority said. “The leadership positions I have had definitely have helped me do that.”

In addition to being former president of Delta Sigma Tau, Shivers is a Preview Guide and Raider Guide coordinator on campus and is involved in numerous different academic honoraries and clubs. Shivers is also a participant in the entrepreneurship program at Mount, which gives her the opportunity to work directly with the local business INCUBOX Business Incubator, a company sponsored through the university, Alliance Area Development Foundation and the City of Alliance.

“What’s special about Mount Union is that the leadership opportunities are endless,” Shivers said. “You have the opportunity to go out into the community and meet people, which will be very beneficial for my future professional career.”

One opportunity that Shivers credits to helping develop her as a leader is her time as president of her sorority. She not only learned about herself as a leader, but about the importance of working with others throughout any organization.

“I really struggled with delegation prior to that experience,” Shivers said. “I learned that growing as a leader involves letting other people lead with you.”

Through her business major, Shivers has also had the opportunity to participate in various experiential learning activities, such as case competitions, research projects and studies.

“I am constantly doing things that I will be doing in the workforce and these opportunities will really help me in the future,” Shivers said. 

As an aspiring CEO, Shivers knows how important it is for women to take on roles traditionally occupied by men.

“I think that women often think that they can’t have these large positions,” Shivers said. “I think that it is important to inspire other women to take on these opportunities and to know that they are equally as qualified.”

The importance of inspiring others on campus does not stop there for Shivers. She knows that no matter what position, anyone can have a positive influence on the campus community.

“You inspire people a lot easier than you think you might,” Shivers said. “It is a chain affect – who you are inspiring is more than just the person you are talking to.”

Inspiration is only part of the equation, however. Shivers knows that believing in yourself and being confident is equally as important for women.

“If you are confident and you believe in yourself, others will believe in you as well,” Shivers said. 

With the confidence and inspiration fueled by the opportunities given to her on campus, Shivers is ready to attack her professional career.

“I am looking for opportunities that inspire me,” Shivers said. “I want to wake up and love what I am doing. I want something that challenges me and makes me happy.”

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