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Steven Allen Washington


Steven Allen Washington
Steven Allen Washington, Management

Business School
Bachelor of Science
Business Administration -
Management

 

FINE-TUNE YOUR SKILL SETS

Having worked in corporate America for a major financial institution during the last decade, I’ve launched national campaigns and helped businesses meet their objectives. When I moved to Denver, continuing my education became a priority. I investigated local universities, online universities, and took a tour of the University of Colorado Denver campus. UCD became my first choice.

The breadth of knowledge of the faculty here is substantial; they have real-life business experience. The campus is also close to the downtown business community, which creates more networking and professional opportunities. The connections serve both students and businesses, because companies can, in turn, reach out to talented students. Whether it’s in general business, the health sciences or the financial industry, all the training that student receives crescendos up to benefit not only the graduate but also the companies and the economy in Colorado. In essence, the model serves the community better, and both can be more socially responsible. In my view, UCD graduates individuals who can raise the standards across the board in the workplace.

I’ve served on an enterprise diversity council for a large corporation. We provided guidance to executive leadership about understanding governance, and we gave recommendations for the creation of a more inclusive environment in the workplace. I like the differences in skill sets as well as the ethnic and cultural diversity at UCD. You’re exposed to a number of people who have varied life experiences. These help grow a person.

My advice to incoming students is to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. What is your ultimate objective? Work backward and develop a strategy for your own course work. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or mid-life career changer, know what you love, what your passion is. And know that it’s okay to ask for help. There are resources here: mentors, faculty advisors, upper classmen for guidance. These resources can help you sustain focus to stay with your goals.

Networking is about truly knowing someone and collaborating on a shared vision. Mentoring and team dynamics are some of my key skills that have been finely tuned by attending UCD. Now I’m able to combine my experience with my education to serve as a better manager for a company.

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