University Alumni Spotlight:
Michelle Shaheen-Wires ‘98
Major While at Mount Union: Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance/Minor in Mathematics
Hometown: Canton, OH
Current Job Title: Financial Advisor/Certified Retirement Planning Counselor and Owner
Employer: Shaheen Investment Management, Ltd
I educate individuals and families on the importance of planning for their financial goals and guide them in making wise investment decisions based on those goals.
Proudest Professional Accomplishment
My first job out of college was with Merrill Lynch, where I gained valuable experience, education and training. I was proud of that opportunity, however, nothing compares to putting your own name on your business (which is also named in honor of my late grandfather, Carl N. Shaheen ’47, another graduate of Mount Union and a long-time financial professional in Canton, OH).
Liberal Arts Background
My career is not just about numbers and financial markets. I have used skills learned in psychology, communication, speech, law, education, marketing and of course, mathematics and economics. A liberal arts education has helped me to be proficient in many of these areas outside of my major.
Aside from a well-rounded education, Mount Union’s Career Department was instrumental in arranging my internship with Merrill Lynch. I spent two years interning before I graduated, which was invaluable to my future.
My favorite professor was Dr. Patricia Matthews. She was my advisor and head of the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, so I spent many hours with her. She helped bring the financial world down to a level that I could understand. As a result, I felt more confident going into an intimidating field. She also ran the Mount Union Investment Team, which is what sparked my interest in the stock market. In 1997, we won the contest and were featured in the Wall Street Journal.
It is no secret that the United States is lagging behind in these fields. We need to keep our nation economically competitive, which is why the demand for students with this type of education is increasing and the amount of STEM-related occupations just keeps growing. It is important for students to focus on these fields, not only for their own future but the future of our economy.
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