March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
How would you feel if you were given the opportunity to be in room full of people known as “the best in business”? I can tell you that it feels phenomenal. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) members are known around the world as “the best in business." As soon as I was invited to join this prestigious group of people, I jumped at the opportunity.
The Cameron School of Business has many resources available to aid students in their career pursuits. This includes organizations such as the Cameron Executive Network, bi-annual career fair events, and above all, dedicated personnel that have a passion for student success. Cameron professors and staff care about their students, and they want to see them to succeed in work and life. Personally, this is why I chose the Cameron School of Business. No matter how big your dreams are, Cameron will help pave the way to greatness. With the help of such dedicated personnel, I was able to achieve the academic success that led to my invitation into Beta Gamma Sigma, and ultimately, to the BGS conference I was able to attend.
On November 3rd, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend a global leadership conference for Beta Gamma Sigma. There were more than 360 students from more than ten countries in attendance. I had the pleasure of rooming with Bora Nam, a South Korean student from Ewha Womens University in South Korea, and met people from Jordan, China, Belize, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Lebanon and several different states across America. The conference was 4 days and packed full of sessions for us to attend every day. The theme of the conference centered on using our innate strengths to develop ourselves into all around better students, employees, managers and people. Our sessions also focused on the social consciousness of businesses in the modern world.
The loud and clear message I received from the conference was to use my strengths to help the world. Everyone has talents. Everyone has strengths. The challenge is to find how to use your strengths to help others. During the conference, I also met meet Dr. Alyssa Preston, the founder of SAGE, LLC. She described her job as “helping people and organizations that are successful and stuck.” Her process assists people when they find themselves asking, “What should I do now?” Dr. Preston showed us how to use introspection to explore life’s problems, questions and uncertainties, as well as how to delve even deeper to find out why we have those particular problems and uncertainties.
Another conference speaker was Dr. Tim Clipson, professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and President of LIFE! Inc. His founding belief is that everyone should be balanced spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. We must each find what makes us unique and use those unique strengths to make the world a better place.
Speaking of making the world a better place, while at the conference I learned that there are companies that operate as “For Profit” entities while giving all profits to a charitable cause. I had not known of such a concept until hearing from Salah Boukadoum. Boukadoum is the Co-Founder of a company called Soap Hope. Soap Hope’s mission is to end poverty for women. The company sells a wide range of natural products online and whatever profit is received is given to organizations and programs around the world dedicated to helping women advance. Then, after a year in service, the money is returned back to Soap Hope, thus, returning the profits to the company for shareholders. In essence, everyone wins. I am so thankful to Mr. Boukadoum and Beta Gamma Sigma for showing us all that we can make a profit and still help to facilitate change for good.
For all of the reasons above, and for so many more, I encourage you to become a part of Beta Gamma Sigma if you are ever presented with the opportunity. Admission to this prestigious organization is a great honor. The Cameron School of Business is in a prestigious category of its own with an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. The AACSB estimates that approximately 15,000 business schools exist around the world. Out of those 15,000, only 5% of them receive this accreditation. Out of those 5% of business schools, only the people in the top 10% of their class are invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma. So, if you receive an invitation, be sure to accept. You will be a part of an elite group and also in great company.
Many high ranking business officials are a part of Beta Gamma Sigma. Robert Moritz, the US Chairman and Senior Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomas K. Montag, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Bank of America, Peter Griffith, Global Managing Partner for Ernst & Young, and Carly Fiorina, the Board Chair of Good360 and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard, are just a few of the successful individuals involved. It is my hope that you will strive to be the best, and that one day, be able to include your name among the best in business with Beta Gamma Sigma.