2020 Best & Brightest: Tisha Lim, Christopher Newport (Luter)

Tisha Lim

Christopher Newport University, Luter School of Business

“Small but mighty!”

Fun fact about yourself: I used to bowl in a kid’s league, and I own a scented bowling ball

Hometown: Broadlands, VA

High School: Park View High School

Major: Management and Marketing

Minor: N/A

Favorite Business Course: Strategic Management

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Phi International Women’s Fraternity: Chapter President (2018-2019)
  • Luter School of Business Student Advisory Board
  • Business Exchange Conference: Lead Student Marketer (Fall 2018)
  • American Marketing Association
  • Resident Assistant (2018-2019)
  • Founder of Park View High School’s “Patriot Scholarship”

Honors & Awards

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society: Vice President of Programming (2019-2020)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society: Vice President (2019-2020)
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society
  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society
  • Fraternal Values Award, Outstanding New Member of the Year Nominee (2018) & Chapter President of the Year Nominee (2019)
  • Christopher Newport University, Exceptional Student Leader of the Year Nominee (2019)
  • Dean’s List – (7 semesters thus far)
  • Homecoming Court Representative (2019)

Where have you interned during your college career?

Nasdaq: Rockville, MD – Inside Sales Associate

Where will you be working after graduation?

Bloomberg Industry Group: Arlington, VA – Sales Associate

What company do you admire the most? The company I admire most would be Nasdaq. My internship experience was nothing short of extraordinary. During my time there, I witnessed their company values enacted by the CEO, my direct supervisor, mentors, and all the way down to their janitorial staff. I loved the collaborative and driven environment which I believe makes a successful company. Nasdaq is way more than just a fintech company and I admire both their innovation and grounded culture.

Who is your favorite professor? Although this was a very tough choice, my favorite professor is Dr. Matt Hettche. I have had the pleasure of taking his classes, going on a study abroad trip together, and working on an independent study under his guidance. Throughout these experiences Dr. Hettche has continuously challenged my thinking. He has made me a better student in which I learned to never settle on an answer but to always seek a better one.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? It’s unusual to say that I have found a family within my business school, as most people would rather spend their time with people other than classmates and somewhere else other than classrooms. My classmates became my best friends; my professors became my mentors and confidants; and the building became my home. The Luter School of Business gave me the opportunity to take the lead in marketing a conference, entrusted me with representing them in an AACSB luncheon, welcomed my input and feedback through bi-weekly meetings with Dean Ebbs and faculty, and fed me more times than I can remember. Having to leave this place makes graduating so bittersweet, but I’m ready to sit on their board one day.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I learned from studying business would have to be that people is everything. Any successful organization is rooted back to its employees, stakeholders, shareholders, and leadership. Specifically, through my courses at the Luter School of Business, I learned that it is critical to develop intellectually, professionally, and personally as a business student and to put emphasis on the people you work for and the people you serve. After all, people join people.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? I truly thought that making money is all that matters (to some degree, yes). However, my courses have shown me that people, the environment, regulations, ethics, and creativity also matter. This surprised me because social media and society has labeled corporate America to be greedy and closed-minded, but I know that I am the latter.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of my ability to maintain a high GPA amidst all of my involvements and busy schedule. Aside from inevitably learning time-management skills, I view this personal achievement to attest to the fact that I was able to maintain focus on my overarching goal/purpose – and that is my higher education.

Which classmate do you most admire? I admire my fellow management major, Kyle DeGood, because of his philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurial spirit. He is such a hard worker balancing being in a full-time student, managing his non-profit, The DeGood Foundation, and going through basic training for the military. It inspires me to work even harder and not take anything for granted.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank my 7th grade Art & Technology Education teacher, Mr. Gregory. I will never forget the day he interrupted a conversation between a peer and I about how I could receive a A- on a test I don’t study for, and he responded with, “Why only do what’s enough? Imagine what you can accomplish if you did more than enough.” This has resonated with me and is the reason why I am a lifelong learner and put 110% on everything I choose to pursue.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

  1. Become CEO of a major corporation
  2. Sit on the Board for the Luter School of Business

What are your hobbies? I love to travel and specifically try new foods and embrace other cultures. I am always curious about where a certain dish or ingredient originated from and the history and reasoning behind varying cultural traditions.

What made Tisha such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2020?  

“Tisha brings energy, enthusiasm, and creative problem-solving to the classroom.  She is a natural leader with a unique ability to connect with classmates and professors alike. Her academic interests are diverse and she excels at a number of tasks: research, written and oral communication, and group work assignments. Tisha is certainly one to watch; she is destined to make a significant impact on the business world.”

Dr. Matt Hettche
Associate Professor of Marketing
Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing


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