With another successful Commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are kicking off prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2019:
Name: Liesel Kreiner
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Post-graduation plans: Kreiner will be working for AT&T as an account executive in the business-to-business sales development program in Dallas, Texas. She joins their four to six-month development program which offers instructor-led, web-based and hands-on training in Dallas. After training, she will relocate to one of AT&T’s nationwide markets. In this position, she will be working with advanced technology, learning how to prospect for new business, solving business problems, providing excellent customer service and meeting sales goals.
How HPU helped you get there: “During my time at HPU, I have had many incredible opportunities to learn and grow, as a student and as a young professional. HPU provided me with opportunities I would not have had at other schools. I had the privilege of serving as the Executive Vice President of the American Marketing Association, working as an HPU peer mentor and being a peer facilitator for the Phillips School of Business. These experiences are what allowed me the opportunity to grow my leadership skills, public speaking and problem-solving skills. HPU is a learning lab. All the hands-on experience I had, role-playing in the sales labs, participating in sales competitions and class presentations, have allowed me to greatly develop my sales knowledge. As a result, I am prepared to start my full-time position as a business-to-business sales leader with AT&T in Dallas. The School of Business has had a profound impact on me and helped me to grow into the young professional I strived to be. My freshman year at HPU, Dean Dr. Jim Wehrley had the business students complete their three-toolbox model. This required me to plan out the skills and experiences that I would need to achieve my goals during my four years at HPU. The learning opportunities I had in classes, clubs, organizations and my internship all significantly contributed to and gave me the life experiences I needed to be successful during the interview process. My goal since freshman year was to attain a technical sales position at a fortune 100, company and HPU helped me by providing an abundance of resources to achieve my goals and help me land the job of my dreams. I greatly enjoyed working with the Office of Career and Professional Development. They assisted me in updating and fine-tuning my resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, allowing me to provide professional materials to be viewed by recruiters in the industry. I began using their office my freshman year, and by starting so early, I was able to jump ahead and ensure that my professional materials were prepared and ready once I started applying for internships and full-time positions. Everyone in that office is extremely helpful and kind, and their insights and coaching are so valuable. I enjoyed being able to walk into the office and receive an unlimited amount of help.”
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “HPU has given me so many opportunities to connect with many different faculty members and professors who offered insight, advice, and helped me prepare for internships and full-time opportunities. I am fortunate to know great professors such as Dr. Cynthia Hanson, Professor Randy Moser, Professor Larry Quinn and many others in the marketing, sales and finance departments. The most impactful professor at HPU has been Dr. Hanson. She has always been so encouraging and pushed me to be the best version of myself as a student and young professional. She was willing and available to lend a helping hand inside or outside of the classroom and to be there for a laugh. She has given me countless opportunities for growth and professional development through the AMA in which she serves as the faculty advisor. I am immensely grateful to know her and been able to work with and learn from her. I look forward to a continuing relationship with many of my HPU professors.”
Most impactful moment at HPU: “My most impactful moment at HPU is when I become the Executive Vice President of the American Marketing Association chapter on campus. This position allowed me to improve my leadership and public speaking skills. Through the American Marketing Association, I was able to attend my second conference which allowed me to attend multiple guest lectures, competitions and to network with other successful students and professionals. This pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I learned so many lessons through this opportunity. The friends I made in this organization are incredible, and it was so fun to be able to work and learn from them over the past year. I am so thankful I joined the AMA and ran for a position on the executive board, it created so many long-lasting connections and I could not have asked for a better way to spend my senior year.”
Advice for underclassmen: “Always follow your dreams. Set your goals early, and get out of your comfort zone. Engage with all of the extraordinary faculty and mentors at HPU. They are there to help you learn and grow. Don’t lose focus because all of your hard work will pay off in the end.”