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DBA Student Spotlight: Julia Davidyan, CPA, CGAP

The DBA Student Spotlight series highlights individual stories from within our Doctorate of Business Administration cohorts, representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and aspirations.

DBA Student Julia Davidyan

(UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

 

Julia Davidyan, CPA, CGAP

Chief Audit Officer | Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

September 2017 (anticipated)


Bridging Practice and Academia

Julia Davidyan formed a strong knowledge base during her ten years of auditing practice, including almost six years with a public pension system. With a keen desire to share her expertise and experience through teaching, she became an adjunct instructor at a two-year institution where she mentored and guided students in career options that included accounting and auditing. However, she understood a terminal degree would be required to truly transition from practice to academia.

Julia’s daughter was five years old at the time and she could not pause her career to complete a traditional Ph.D. program, so she selected the Doctorate of Business Administration as her goal. AACSB accreditation and the institution’s reputation were very important to her, as well as the program’s format, location and overall cost. Weighing all these criteria, she chose the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater DBA program.

Knowing that a DBA program would be rigorous and intensive, Julia had long conversations with her husband and other family members to discuss the time commitment and ensure she would have their support. Despite this preparation, the first semester of coursework was a shock. “There were a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of coffee,” she admitted. “And I learned quickly that procrastination would not work.”

She elaborated, “This is not like another MBA degree. The thinking is different and the approach is different. You won’t be spoon-fed projects. It’s the same level as a Ph.D. You have to do the heavy lifting.”

DBA Student Julia Davidyan and Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan

Davidyan (left) confers with Assistant Professor Balaji Sankaranarayanan (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Fortunately, the cohort model is intended to be supportive and collaborative. Julia’s cohort realized they needed to work together to succeed. She stressed, “This journey is difficult to undertake alone. You have a better chance of succeeding if you find a couple of people to work with, because you learn from each other and help each other.”

Once they got passed the first hurdle – surviving the first semester – the group formed a strong core and found a rhythm. However, a new challenge arose when they transitioned from coursework into the dissertation phase. Julia explained, “The dissertation takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation. If you don’t do the work and submit drafts to your committee in a timely manner, they aren’t going to chase after you.”

In retrospect Julia felt the program’s premier cohort faced some unique challenges as its trailblazers, but that the timing had still been right for her. She explained, “My daughter is three years older now, and she wants more of my undivided attention. She wants mommy to put down her book and laptop.”

Reflecting on the DBA journey as a whole, Julia related, “This has been a great experience. It’s been challenging, but I learned a lot. With this bridge from practice to academia, I can now fully understand my potential role in academia and what I can contribute.”

In closing, she shared, “The DBA is a great program, because you don’t have to sacrifice your current employment. This is a very powerful tool to have in your toolbox. Regardless of what you intend to do with this degree in terms of your future career, the sooner you earn it, the better.”

UW-Whitewater’s AACSB-accredited Doctorate of Business Administration program is a professional doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area. The DBA is a 60-credit program offered using a cohort model where students attend classes one weekend each month for two years, followed by a year of dissertation work. Learn more

 

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Alumni give back to College and Pi Sigma Epsilon

Alumni Sean ’98 and Holly ’01 Wayne recently returned to UW-Whitewater’s Timothy J. Hyland Hall for the unveiling of their dedication plaque outside the Pi Sigma Epsilon student organization room, which honors their generous contributions to the College of Business and Economics. The room dedication is especially fitting because the couple met through PSE.

Dean John Chenoweth (left) unveils the dedication plaque with Holly A. Wayne, Sean S. Wayne, Dennis Kopf, Sierra Kramer, Kylee Parkos, Karen Whalen and Seth Wells. (UW-Whitewater photo/Aaron Gottschalk)

Though Sean and Holly keep very busy with their three active children and fast-paced careers, they have made a point to stay involved as alumni.

Sean, who graduated as a finance major and is now a private wealth adviser with Sky’s Edge Wealth, an affiliate of Ameriprise Financial Services, has found his involvement in the Alumni Mentor program to be especially rewarding.

He related, “This a fantastic program that has really grown over the last several years. It’s a great opportunity for students to obtain information about potential careers they are interested in and seek leadership from Alumni that are eager to give back.”

One of the messages he tries to drive home with students is the value of student organizations, especially PSE.

“PSE isn’t just for marketing majors. It’s for all majors,” he explained. “They help you prepare your resume and LinkedIn profile. You learn how to interview and you learn how to sell yourself—because that’s what you’re really doing. It gives you an incredible competitive advantage as you begin your career.”

Holly, a marketing major who now works as a Clinical Specialist for biotech company Genentech, agreed enthusiastically.

She shared, “It’s our pleasure to give back to the College of Business and Economics, and specifically to PSE. The experience I gained in PSE, including co-chairing large community events and participating in leadership opportunities and networking events, helped my confidence and ultimately my career.”

Generous support from alumni—both volunteer involvement and financial donations—allows the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics to not only maintain its standing as a world-class college, but to continually enhance the curriculum, teaching and overall student experience.

Alumni Sean ’98 and Holly ’01 Wayne met through the Pi Sigma Epsilon student organization.

Alumni Sean and Holly Wayne speak passionately about the value of student organizations like Pi Sigma Epsilon. (UW-Whitewater photo/Aaron Gottschalk)

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Money Smart Week event to be held in Hyland Hall

Money Smart Week will be recognized on the UW-Whitewater campus from April 24 through 28. In conjunction with this annual event, College of Business and Economics alumnus Christian Albouras, MBA, CUBDP will be on hand in Timothy J. Hyland Hall on Thursday, April 27 to discuss how credit reports and scores impact personal finances.

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A special Money Smart Week event will be held in Timothy J. Hyland Hall on Thursday, April 27.

Albouras is a Financial Services Professional with Summit Credit Union. He will be available in the Hyland Hall lobby from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to meet with students and discuss their personal finance concerns. During the lunch and learn session in room 4303 at 1:00 p.m., he will present Unlocking credit reports and scores: Your key to your financial success. Refreshments will be provided.

The information within individuals’ credit reports significantly affects their ability to borrow money. Albouras will explain how to read a credit report and what the information means. He will also explain good credit, bad credit and how to improve credit scores. Attendees will be able to obtain a free copy of their personal credit report.

“Money Smart Week is all about helping students take charge of their personal finances,” shares Naomi Schemm, new Reference and Instruction Librarian for the College of Business and Economics. “It’s an important part of ‘adulting’ in 2017, but it can be an intimidating subject. With informative presentations, Q&A sessions, and free financial tools, we hope to help students take control.”

There will be several other campus events focused on financial literacy, open to the entire campus including faculty and staff. Learn more about 2017 Money Smart Week at UW-Whitewater.

Money Smart Week is a national campaign first established in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help people manage their money more effectively. The Money Smart Week website shares videos, articles, tools, and games designed to help consumers developer their personal finance tool kit.

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UW-Whitewater to hold 10th annual Business Ethics Week

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is holding its 10th annual Business Ethics Week from April 17 through April 21. The event emphasizes the critical role of business ethics and connects what students learn in the classroom with real life challenges.

Four guest speakers—all alumni and seasoned professionals—will discuss business ethics and examples in their respective companies. Students, faculty and visitors are encouraged to attend their presentations, which will be held in Timmerman Auditorium of Timothy J. Hyland Hall.

Paul Sara, ’72, Past President of Clear Channel Outdoor Milwaukee Division, will present Real World Ethics from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 17. A board member of the Better Business Bureau Wisconsin since 1996, Sara is a passionate advocate for business ethics. He will talk about the consequences of bad corporate conduct and the importance of corporate and social responsibility.

Speaking from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, Rich Meeusen, ’76, President and CEO of Badger Meter, will present Ethics at Badger Meter. Meeusen will lead a lively discussion of both personal and corporate ethics.

Bryan Mullet, ’96, President and CEO of Bradley Corporation, will present Business Ethics at Bradley Corporation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Mullet offers unique insight as the company’s fifth generation of leadership since Howard A. Mullett became president in 1928.

The final presentation will be given by Michele Thoren, ’03, Senior Human Resource Manager at CINTAS. She will present Ethics at CINTAS from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. In her multifaceted role, Thoren provides guidance on employment laws, performance management and disciplinary issues.

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is deeply committed to preparing students to think and act with integrity and honesty. Business Ethics Week helps advance positive ethics as students prepare to enter the business world.

Business Ethics Week is being recognized at UW-Whitewater from April 17 through April 24 with guest speaker presentations in Timothy J. Hyland Hall. (UW Whitewater photo)

Business Ethics Week is being recognized at UW-Whitewater from
April 17 through April 24 with guest speaker presentations in Timothy J. Hyland Hall. (UW-Whitewater photo)

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DBA Student Spotlight: Stephen Gray

The DBA Student Spotlight series highlights individual stories from within our Doctorate of Business Administration cohorts, representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and aspirations.

DBA Student Stephen Gray

(UW-Whitewater photo/Jonathon Kelley)

 

Stephen Gray

Senior Associate Instructor | Western Illinois University

September 2017 (anticipated)


“Investing in Myself”

Stephen Gray has always been passionate about education. That is why, when he was invited to teach a finance class at Western Illinois University, he immediately agreed. That one class soon became three, and his teaching career steadily grew to the point that he set aside his other professional pursuits.

Steve had received his MBA from Western but did not have a doctorate. He quickly realized that his pay and advancement were limited by his non-tenure status. After some soul searching, he found there was no reason he should not get a terminal degree.

“Time passes anyway,” Steve related. “And after the passing of three years, I would have regretted not using that time to earn my DBA.”

While the decision to pursue a terminal degree was straightforward, his path to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater DBA program was winding. When he finally discovered the program, its format appealed to him and he immediately connected with the DBA faculty. Whitewater was also a reasonable distance from his home in Illinois. But most importantly, the college was AACSB-accredited.

Making an absolute commitment to the program, Steve sold a business he owned to pay for his tuition and other costs. He explained, “I was investing in myself through the DBA program. I literally put my money where my mouth is.”

His confidence was tested as the coursework began, however. He shared, “I’ve always generated very good grades, but it’s not because I’m someone who can look at something once and retain it. I’ve had to work hard. I’m also a perfectionist, and I wouldn’t accept anything less than an A for myself.”

Because of the effort and dedication required, Steve cautioned that prospective DBA students should have a defined goal when considering the endeavor. He stressed, “Go in knowing what you want the end to look like. Don’t undertake the program just because you think it might be interesting. If you’re not completely serious, you’ll become a statistic.”

“I basically treated this as a full-time job,” he elaborated. “It required 100 percent focus and consumed my life. But if I had been half-hearted, I would never have lasted.”

Steve and Geralyn Gray, with Aaron Kinney

Steve’s wife, Geralyn, made the trip from Illinois to Whitewater every class weekend. They took great enjoyment in the campus and community, and the lasting connections they made. They are pictured with Aaron Kinney (right). (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Steve also emphasized the importance of a strong support network. In particular, his wife and his department chair at Western Illinois University were both tremendous sources of help and encouragement. He related, “If I had not had a supportive wife, a supportive department chair and a supportive family, I could not have done this.”

Though it has been a road of trials, he had absolutely no regrets about investing in himself. As a result of the program, he feels well-equipped for a tenure-track career.

Steve concluded, “Based on the education that I received from the professors at Whitewater and the dissertation phase, I can go on and conduct independent research and be successful in obtaining tenure.”

UW-Whitewater’s AACSB-accredited Doctorate of Business Administration program is a professional doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area. The DBA is a 60-credit program offered using a cohort model where students attend classes one weekend each month for two years, followed by a year of dissertation work. Learn more

 

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