2018 Best & Brightest: Nicole Resetar, Elon University

Nicole Resetar

Elon University

“Veggie-loving, interior design enthusiast.”

Fun fact about yourself: I slept, ate, and otherwise lived out of a van for 16 days while traveling the South Island of New Zealand.

Hometown: Garwood, New Jersey

High School: Arthur L. Johnson High School

Major: Finance

Minor: Accounting

Favorite Business Course: Investments

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  • Founder & President of Swipe Out Hunger

I negotiated and worked collaboratively with Elon Dining to establish a permanent meal voucher program where food insecure students can obtain free meal vouchers into Elon’s dining halls. I also planned, coordinated and executed a two-day Swipe Drive, where students with leftover meal plan items (swipes, dollars) could donate them to help alleviate food insecurity in Elon’s community. One swipe equated to one sandwich donated to a local food pantry, and we donated 3,490 meals!

  • Undergraduate Representative to the Love School of Business Board of Advisors

Represented the undergraduate business student population during semi-annual Board meetings where I provided insight and opinions on the trajectory and effect of current and future strategies within the business school. It was through this role that I am also helping to establish a mentorship program between students and other members of the Board.

  • Alpha Kappa Psi, Member
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Member
  • Phi Beta Gamma, Member
  • President’s List: Fall 2014, 2015, 2017; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
  • University Guide and Office Assistant for the Office of Admissions

Two-and-a-half-year tenure as a key part of the campus visit program in the Office of Admissions.

  • Spirit Award Winner, and delegate at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition in Montreal, Canada
  • 3rd Place Winner at the Templeton Case Competition in Deland, Florida
  • 2nd Place Bracket Winner at the Eller Ethics Competition in Tucson, Arizona
  • Delegate, CFA Institute Research Challenge Team
  • Volunteer

Operations and Public Relations Committee member for Elonthon (24-hour dance marathon that raises money for Duke Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network); Boys and Girls Club volunteer

Where have you interned during your college career?

Audit Intern for Suplee, Clooney, & Co. in Westfield, NJ

Risk Advisory Intern for EY in Charlotte, NC: On top of my regular intern responsibilities, I also coordinated an “Intern Connect Day,” where all of the Charlotte interns volunteered in the community for a day of work.

Where will you be working after graduation? EY; Financial Services Office Advisory Staff

Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor has to be Wonhi Synn. He teaches in such a way where formulas are superfluous—a true understanding of a concept will inevitably lead itself to a numerical representation. While this is often challenging, I felt that it was the most fruitful way to learn new concepts.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? What I enjoyed most about Elon’s business school is that it invited me to participate in challenging, fun, and rewarding opportunities from an early stage in my academic career. From enrolling in a pilot Case Analysis class to attending both regional and international case competitions to networking with key business leaders across industries, Elon’s Love School of Business has provided me with ample opportunities to develop myself both scholarly and professionally, and in a global context.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? Major in business, but also don’t. Having a diversified degree—one within business and also in a seemingly unrelated field like psychology or computer science—affords you a dynamic skill set that’s highly demanded in today’s ever-changing and innovative world. Interdisciplinary education is the new way of the world.

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be majoring in or studying…interior design because I love the question of what makes a house, town, or even a country a home to each of us. The answer is always different! To find my answers, I often spend hours rearranging furniture and mixing colors and patterns to create aesthetically pleasing looks for the design of my future home.”

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? The most surprising lesson that I’ve learned as a business major is that every interviewer, manager, and executive is also a person. Though it is such a simple notion, remembering this fosters the ability to form real, human connections with those around us, and reminds us that we are all just trying to do the best we can.

Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college? Much of my premature interest in business comes from a desire to be financially independent. My mother has long instilled in me that I am the most important champion of my life, and being fiscally responsible is surely an integral factor of such an endeavor. Now that I am nearing the end of my undergraduate tenure as a business student, I have come to realize the value of a business background beyond the health of my bank account. Any aspiration I might have in the future will benefit innumerably from honing the practicality, dynamism, and creativity learned from earning a business degree.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I’m honestly most proud of my selection to be included in this publication. The fact that Elon’s LSB faculty thought of me when asked for student nominations really means the world to me. I’ve done my best in representing Elon’s undergraduate business students as a member of the Board of Advisors as well as at case competitions, and have built great relationships with much of the faculty here. I am humbled by my recognition, and have Elon to thank for much of who I’ve become over the last four years.

If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the business school? If I were the dean for a day I would hire an electrician to install ten more floor outlets on all three floors of the LSB’s atrium. I’ll leave it to you to imagine why.

Which classmate do you most admire? One of my best friends is a classmate of mine whom is easily admirable. He is perpetually curious and strident in seeking scholarly and sound answers to his many questions about both finance and the greater concept of life. His diligence is unparalleled and altruism so highly respectable.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I already have a running list of the individuals that I owe my budding career to, but would be remiss by not thanking the Porter Center and its staff for all that they’ve done to shape my professionalism. Brooke Buffington, in particular, has been my North Star throughout the last year, and has truly helped me understand myself both as a leader and professional. From tips on negotiation to balancing work and life, Brooke has been there to ask the right questions and offer great advice. It is because of her that I am confidently entering the business world, and for that I am forever thankful.

What would your theme song be? My theme song would be “Humble and Kind” by Lori McKenna because I value humility in individuals more than any other characteristic. I strive to stay humble and grounded in all aspects of my life, and feel strongly that our social interactions as a generation would benefit from this active practice.

What are the top two items on your bucket list?

Spectate the Summer Olympics (gymnastics and beach volleyball specifically) and;

Sponsor a scholarship in my name for aspiring leaders

Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Favorite movie: Hidden Figures

Favorite vacation spot: I’ve only been once, but New Zealand is where I plan to spend my indefinite vacation of retirement.

What are your hobbies?I love to stay active, whether that’s in the form of working out at the gym, going for a bike ride, climbing a mountain, playing tennis, or going for a jog. My bonds of friendship are also highly important to me, and I often spend time building these relationships stronger. I like to commit small acts of kindness like writing simple thank you notes or delivering hand-made birthday cards as a giving exercise. In my down time, I also like to read and listen to podcasts.

What made Nicole such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2018?

“Nicole Resetar is the quintessential “Ambassador” of the Class of 2018 in the many highly visible roles that she plays at Elon. Nicole seems to be everywhere you look, and she fulfills these many roles and responsibilities with intellect, grace, and genuine enthusiasm. She interfaces with a wide variety of important stakeholder groups in representing the interests of her Elon class. For example, she was selected to serve in the critically important role of “Undergraduate Student Representative” on The Love School of Business Board of Advisors, where she provides invaluable input on the most important issues addressed by our Board in implementing the mission, vision and values of the business school. Nicole also stays very tied to the Elon campus by serving as a University Guide and Administrative Assistant in Elon’s Office of Admissions, where she interacts with many incoming families and alumni.

It has been a true honor to have the chance to work with Nicole when she has represented Elon in highly prestigious international case competition programs. She was a key team leader at the intensive week-long John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition at Concordia University, the Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition at Stetson University, and the Eller Business Ethics Case Competition at University of Arizona. Not only does Nicole display truly outstanding analytical skills in complex problem-solving, but she is also able to articulate those solutions with an amazing sense of poise, while thinking quickly on her feet in responding to challenging questions. Ernst and Young is extremely fortunate to have recruited an Elon student of Nicole’s caliber into their ranks following her graduation this May.”

Christy Benson, JD, MBA
Associate Professor of Business Law


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