“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
For the Chair of The Schey Sales Centre, this is a quote to live by and a reminder to make the most of every situation.
Learning and understanding the leadership roles within The Schey can help you find your niche, and after our Committee Fair last Monday, now is the perfect time to become more familiar with your leaders. There’s no better place to start than with our Chair, Laurel Monroe.
Laurel is a senior from Cortland, OH, which is an area near Youngstown. She is a Marketing Major with a concentration in MIS and a Minor in Communication Studies, while also working towards her Professional Sales Certificate. She joined The Schey Sales Centre in Winter Quarter of her freshman year, January 2012. Laurel is also a member of CoB CONNECT and Ohio University’s End Slavery Movement. She has interned with several companies, including Precious Formals and Whirlpool Corporation, and also spent two months studying abroad in Pecs, Hungary with the Global Consulting Program.
We had the opportunity to ask Laurel a few questions about herself and her experience in The Schey.
What have you done to get involved in the Schey?
I started off on the Inside Sales Team, became the Director of Outside Sales, and most recently was elected Chair of The Schey Sales Centre. In addition, I have been a Peer Mentor since I got initiated so I’ve had the opportunity to impact a lot of students.
What do you like do in your free time?
When I have free time — which is rare :p — I really enjoy being active. You can usually find me hiking around campus, playing tennis, or working out at Ping. I always try to make time to have fun with my friends, too. We’re currently working on a senior bucket list to make the most of our last few months at OU!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I’m most inspired by my older brother, Paul. He is two years older than me and is by far the smartest person I have ever met. When we were growing up he struggled with a lot of health issues, but pushed through all of them and never let them stop him from accomplishing his goals. Paul went to Pitt on a full ride scholarship, he just got his masters from the University of Cambridge, and he will achieve an MBA from Harvard next year. He’s proof that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
What has been your favorite memory in The Schey?
I have had so many amazing memories throughout my past four years in this program — I don’t know how to choose! Recently, I participated in Karaoke Night at a local nursing home with 15 other Schey candidates, many of whom were new hires.
At first, we didn’t really know each other and were all timid to get up and participate. By the end of the night, we were all singing, dancing, and having an absolute blast with each other and the senior citizens. It was such a great bonding experience and we all said it was one of the most fun things we had done in a while. We’re planning to go back this Tuesday!
What does the Schey mean to you?
Joining The Schey Sales Centre was a turning point in my life and college career. When I entered this program, I was a timid freshman who was completely unaware of my true potential. With the help of our support staff and my amazing fellow SCC’s, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone and molded into the leader I am today. To me, The Schey means opportunity; opportunity to grow personally, develop professionally, and enter into a network of sales success stories.