Villanova School of Business
“An idealist and a dreamer – a highly ambitious individual with a passion for adventure.”
Fun fact about yourself: I am fascinated by aviation and hope to obtain a private license one day.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Upper St. Clair High School
Major: International Business, Management, and Global Leadership Fellow
Minor: Business Analytics, Business Law & Corporate Governance, and Chinese
Favorite Business Courses: Business in Emerging Markets, International Marketing, and Strategic Thinking and Implementation
Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College: Villanova Cheerleading, Pi Beta Phi (Social Chair), and Villanova Fashion Event Planning Coordinator
Where have you interned during your college career? IMG Artists Asia (Singapore, Singapore), Paychex (Rochester, NY), Unilever (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Govberg Jewelers (Philadelphia, PA)
Describe your dream job: Global CEO or Global Advertising Director of a fashion house
Who is your favorite professor? Dr. Jonathan Doh
Which executive or entrepreneur do you most admire? Elon Musk
What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Business is not just about sales and profits – it is about collaboration and teamwork, about the art of negotiation, about acting ethically to drive sustainability, and most importantly, about using a variety of viewpoints to come up with the best solution possible.
What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field? Having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of different markets first-hand, in addition to exposing myself to various working environments
Where would you like to work after graduation? Vogue or Elle
What are your long-term professional goals? To gain substantial experience in a variety of sectors and transition into a role that allows me to oversee operations on an international level
“I knew I wanted to major in business when…I realized the breadth of skills that I’d gain with a business degree that could be applied to a number of industries and sectors .”
“If I didn’t major in business, I would be…a travel blogger.”
“Before I entered business school, I wish I had known…how much my aspirations would expand, and that there are never enough hours in a day to accomplish these aspirations.”
What was the happiest moment of your life? When I first traveled internationally to Thailand – it sparked my interest in international affairs and fueled my current passions .
Which academic or personal achievement are you most proud of? Placing first at my first gymnastics competition
What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand? Elephant
Who would you most want to thank for your success? My professional mentors introduced to me at Villanova as well as my family for supporting me
Fun fact about yourself: I have traveled to 27 countries over the past 4 years.
Favorite book: #GIRLBOSS
Favorite movie: The Devil Wears Prada
Favorite musical performer: Beyoncé
Favorite vacation spot: Bangkok, Thailand
What are your hobbies? Traveling, photography, gymnastics, and interior design
What made Erica such an invaluable member of the Class of 2017?
“Erica is a dynamic, energetic and extremely incisive student. What makes her especially engaging is her global and cross-cultural experience and perspective. She studied abroad and interned in three distinct regions of the world, and she brings these insights and experiences into the classroom and workplace. She has one of the most critical qualities of any student – curiosity – and she is passionate about learning, especially when it helps her understand global issues and their implications for business. She was an absolute pleasure to have in class and I look forward to following her many accomplishments and achievements.”
Jonathan Doh, PhD
Professor, Management & Operations
Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business
Faculty Director, Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business