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Crowd Gathers to Meet One of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business"

Nearly 150 people packed into the Grand Maple Ballroom of the Davis Center to hear from one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” according to Fortune Magazine. 

Charlene Begley (’88), is the president and CEO of GE Home & Business Solutions and senior vice president and CIO for GE. She was back on campus Sept. 18 as part of the Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series, created by the School of Business Administration in fall 2011.

“UVM taught me a lot about business,” she said.

Ms. Begley spoke about her company, her career and offered advice to students as they start to think about their life after graduation.

“You only get what you put into it,” Begley said. “Personally, I like to hire people and surround myself with people who can figure out how to get something done, as opposed to why it can’t be done.”

One of those “hires” is Alyssa Hoyt, a senior Business Administration student who has been selected to work in GE’s Financial Management Program this January.

“Hearing her speak about GE the way she did led me to be even more excited to start working for the company in January,” said Hoyt.  “Something I will always keep in mind in in my career now is to ‘kill ‘em with competence,’ as Charlene says,” said Hoyt.

“Charlene Begley has an impressive background and remarkable career. We are extremely fortunate she took time from her extremely busy schedule to speak to our students,” said Dean Sanjay Sharma, of the School of Business Administration. “Her leadership style serves as a great example to our students as they prepare to become responsible managers in today’s complex and dynamic global economy.”

The Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series provides our students with an unparalleled view of the current issues and trends facing business leaders today.

“This series is an essential component of our mission to increase the number of experiential learning opportunities for our students,” said Dean Sharma.