2023 Best & Brightest Business Major: Julia Carvalho Correa, Lipscomb University

Julia Carvalho Correa

Lipscomb University College of Business

“I’m an introverted extrovert and very passionate about anything I put my mind to.”

Fun fact about yourself: Hannah Montana played a part in my college decision.

Hometown: São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

High School: Anglo Cassiano Ricardo

Major: International Business

Minor: n/a

Favorite Business Course: Project Management

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

Inaugural President’s Student Advisory Council: Selected in competitive process.

RAICES (Hispanic/Latino Heritage Club) Treasurer

W.E.B Du Bois Intercultural Honor Society                                                                                                     

Pi Delta Women’s Social Club – Executive Treasurer                                                                                                                                                         

International Student Committee                                                                                                    

Where have you interned during your college career?)

GEODIS – Executive Office, supporting CEO Mike Honious – September 2022-December 2022

GEODIS – IT Project Management Office – January 2023-April 2023

Location: 7101 Executive Center Dr #333, Brentwood                                                                                                                                           

Where will you be working after graduation? I’m not sure yet, I’m currently applying for jobs and possibly staying with the company I interned for.

Who is your favorite business professor? My favorite professor is Jeff Cohu. I asked him to be my academic advisor while taking his International Business class. He is such a knowledgeable man and kind to all students. He has believed in me, given me opportunities, and supported me whenever I needed the most. He is someone I truly look up to.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I’ve gained from studying business is that I can perform well, be respected and give my all if I am flexible. There isn’t one path in business. You have the ability to create your path and turn around and choose a different path if the other wasn’t what you were expecting. Every opportunity you take gives you a new skill set that keeps you so valuable.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? A piece of advice I would give to someone who wants to study business is to keep your mind open. You will learn something new about every field, and it is okay to change your mind. The business world has space and opportunities for everyone, you just have to show the value you bring.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? The thing that surprised me the most is that I would actually really enjoy it. Now I use the simplest things I learn in class and apply it to my day-to-day life. How to make business minded decisions and be happy with the results.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? The one thing I would’ve done differently was taking the opportunities offered by the Career Connections Center starting freshman year. I remember them telling us we should start as soon as we step foot in the college of business. With the whole college thing being new I took some time to understand the importance of their help.

What business leader do you admire most? I got to work closely with the CEO of GEODIS Americas, Mike Honiuos, and I truly admire him. He is the living proof of servant leadership. He knows every person who walks by him, he cares about their lives and he represents success in all areas of leadership. I hope to learn so much more from him.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I’m very proud of representing the International Students in the inaugural Presidential Student Advisory Council. In the University’s President’s first year, she provided the opportunity to join a council, where students could bring up concerns and areas of improvement on campus. I got selected through a series of interviews to join this council and meet with a group of 15 students monthly, joined by the president and other university leaders.

Which classmate do you most admire? I admire my classmate, Karoline Nyland. She has been one of my closest friends since freshman year. She has always amazed me with dedication, intelligence, and passion. She has one great love, country music. She has always known she wanted to be an accountant and moved to Nashville to be as close as she could to her passion for country music, and wanted to work in the industry. I admire her dedication to her passion. She got a job at the Grand Ole Opry’s gift shop just to be around on concert days. She graduated a year early with a 4.0 GPA and is getting a Masters in Accountancy while working full time in the billing department at the Grand Ole Opry, fulfilling her dream of working in the music industry.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I want to thank my parents for my success. They sent their only daughter to live her dream in a different country and supported me through every decision I’ve made so far. They have given me everything they could to let me live my life with purpose and make choices of my own. All they want is my happiness, so I thank them for trusting me and for the freedom to do whatever I can to make them proud.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list? Being able to travel to represent whatever company I work for and touching people’s lives through my work, to work with purpose.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies are reading a good book, running and watching soccer!

What made Julia such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023?

“Julia is an excellent business student with superb writing, social, and analytical skills. She is highly engaged in all of her roles at Lipscomb University and demonstrates all of the characteristics of a servant leader. She not only performs at a high level but helps others raise their performance as well. As an international business major from Brazil, Julia is knowledgeable and engaged in understanding the global economy and all its unique cultural and geopolitical nuances. Most of all Julia is a wonderful person of high character in all of her interactions with the faculty and fellow students.”

Dr. Jeff Cohu
Associate Professor of Management 
Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
College of Business


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