“Full-time business student, part-time “Law & Order SVU” detective and ice cream connoisseur.”
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve never seen a Harry Potter movie before.
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
High School: University High School
Minor: Consumer Sciences
Favorite Business Course: Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research, Strategic Management
Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:
Financial Secretary — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Vice President of Operations — Undergraduate Business Council
Peer Advisor — Fisher College of Business
President — Council of Black Students in Administration
Class of 2017 Fellow — Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Studied Abroad researching access to higher education (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Pace Setters Award Recipient — Fisher College of Business
Where have you interned during your college career?
PepsiCo/Frito-Lay — Dallas, Texas — Brand Marketing Intern
The Campus Agency— Columbus, Ohio — Google Allo Brand Ambassador
MediaSource — Columbus, Ohio — Media Measurement and Analysis Intern
Where will you be working after graduation? Solutions Engineer for Salesforce.com.
Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor was Larry Inks. He taught my organizational behavior class and taught me so much about proper is, how to work effectively in groups and how to make decisions regarding organizations. He presented the material in a fun and interactive way, and I really appreciated his dedication to seeing his students’ succeed.
What did you enjoy most about your business school? I really enjoyed discovering what it was I wanted to pursue as a career. My mentors within the school really helped me get involved on campus. Ultimately, I was able to find what it is I love. I also really enjoyed casework. I learned so much in the classes in which I had to read a case and formulate a solution to a problem.
What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Never be afraid to ask questions. Managers at internships and jobs don’t expect you to know everything there is to know about a topic or situation right off the bat. It’s okay to ask questions so you can produce the best, most complete work. I also learned to never ever underestimate networking. You never know who you’re talking to and the connections they have.
What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? Don’t ever limit yourself. There are so many different paths and careers you can take within the field, so take your time and determine what it is you really like and want to pursue. Use your time in college to find your passions and use business to follow them.
“If I didn’t major in business, I would be majoring in or studying…Criminology or sociology because I’ve always been really into crime and social relationships and understanding how those affect thought processes and motives.”
What has surprised you most about majoring in business? I always knew that you worked in groups in the business world, but the number of group projects I had at Fisher definitely surprised me. Ultimately, those experiences taught me skills I’ll need in the business world, so it’s a very helpful approach.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? My dad has always worked in business. I was always really good at math, but had a creative side as well. I wanted to find a major that could combine the two, which is how I came across marketing!
Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I’m most proud of my role as president of the Council of Black Students in Administration, a minority-based student organization at Fisher. I started as director of membership just tallying who attended meetings. Running for president was something I never thought I’d be capable of, but I really used the position to transform the organization by bringing in new and different companies and industries that students were interested in seeing.
If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the business school? If I were dean for a day, I’d work at increasing diversity within the business school — students and professors alike.
Which classmate do you most admire? She has graduated now, but when she was a student at Fisher, I really admired Mariah Scott. She took me under her wing and introduced me to so many organizations to make sure I got the absolute most out of my time at Fisher. Seeing her involvement in so many organization and the fact that she did so well really motivated me, and I really looked up to her as a role model.
Who would you most want to thank for your success? First, I want to thank my family for providing me the opportunity to pursue an education, supporting me in all of my endeavors, and for inspiring me to be great. I absolutely couldn’t have done it without them. I want to thank my friends and my sisters for pushing me to be better in every aspect and being my family away from home. And lastly, I want to thank “the village” as my mom likes to call them. To every mentor, family friend and upperclassman that has helped me along the way, I want to thank them for their support and guidance and for taking me under their wing.
What would your theme song be? “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child. My grandma would always play this song in the car, and I was singing it before I even knew what it meant! Once I was old enough to understand the words, I loved it even more.
What are the top two items on your bucket list? Visit Nigeria and become fluent in another language
Favorite book: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight or The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite vacation spot: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
What are your hobbies? Reading, binge watching crime shows on Netflix, blogging
What made Bria such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2018?
“If an outsider were to look at Bria’s daily planner they would likely see chaos, but what Bria sees, and what I came to see, was a highly organized schedule that is jam-packed. To be active in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, serve as an executive board member for our Undergraduate Business Council, sit on Fisher’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, commit to be a Peer Advisor to help teach and mentor new students, hold a job, and successfully complete a full load of classes is no small feat. All of this may sound impressive but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bria’s involvement and accomplishments.
Most of all, I have been impressed with her ability to connect with fellow Buckeyes. I was able to co-teach the first-year student orientation class with Bria. In this time, Bria helped me learn and acclimate to Ohio State while helping new students transition to the university and Fisher. One student shared that Bria was “great, friendly and very knowledgeable about the business school and gave great ideas about different ways to pursue classes.”
Along with her undeniable talent and dedication, Bria has always been an absolute joy to work with. She is a true team player, always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out in other students. I have no doubt that Bria will continue to have a positive impact in business and the greater community.”
M.Ed., Academic Counselor
Fisher College of Business
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