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College of Business continues lecture series

June 30, 2017

 

Bryn Young
Staff Reporter | bjy001@latech.edu

 

People packed into the College of Business the night of April 19 prepared to be given insight on the career, duties and advice of India Carroll, CEO of Green Clinic.

 

Speaking animatedly amongst the babble of the room,  Victoria Reier, a finance major in attendance, said she hoped to gain insight from someone in her desired field.

 

“I want to be in the medical field, but my major is finance,” Reier said. “So I just wanted to see how those two could maybe come together and what opportunities that I had.”

 

The presentation came as part of the Inside the C Suite series offered by the College of Business. Inside the C Suite brings in business executives from a variety of fields to speak about their business, life and perspective.

 

Christopher Martin, dean of the College of Business, said he thinks it is an opportunity for students to get a glimpse of the daily routines and struggles that they may one day face.

 

“It’s an opportunity to provide a perspective from the top of the organization that you don’t often get,” Martin said. “To meet CEOs, CFOs and CMOs of organizations provides that perspective of key issues, concerns and experiences that keep them up at night and they deal with on a regular basis and the volatility and environment that they work in. So it’s a whole different perspective than from middle management or lower management or other parts of the organization.”

 

The program also focuses on bringing in executives that are graduates of Louisiana Tech as speakers.

 

“We want to show the value of the degree our students are receiving and where they are placed, the responsibilities they have, and the responsibilities they will have down the road,” Martin said.

 

Carroll spent her time telling students of her journey to becoming CEO as well as lessons she learned along the way. She outlined these lessons in five statements: “it’s okay to fail,” “find the opportunity in change,” “be optimistic when others won’t,” “know your audience” and “your people skills are everything.”

 

“My main purpose was to teach them some of the things I’ve had to learn the hard way, some of the career lessons that I’ve learned, so that maybe they can handle those types of situations better when faced with that,” she said.

 

The additional knowledge from someone in the executive position is something that was valued by both Carroll and students attending. When the floor opened for questions, many picked the executive’s brain on her experience as well as her opinions on health care. 

 

“When you come to college it’s to prepare you for the world,” Carroll said. “It’s to prepare you for your career. If you can bring people in from the real world to add to the knowledge you can gain here in the classroom, it makes your experience more complete.”

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