Student Spotlight: Q&A with Mason Stevens

On March 27, 2018, in Student Profile, by Walker News

Q: Tell me more about your experience taking the Walker EDGE course (WSBT 2000: Career Exploration for Professional Success)

A: I took the Walker EDGE course, taught by Francesca Henderson, as a senior. I wish I would have taken it as a sophomore to professionally develop sooner. It was amazing. I learned so much, from writing cover letters, to prepping my resume, to how to interview. I also nailed down my 30 second elevator pitch and learned how to best present myself. There was a panel with various professionals, so that we could understand the paths that they took to get to where they are. Some professionals on the panel talked about how it was okay to not know specifically what you want to do out of college and how they eventually found out what they wanted to do. More people need to be in this class. It should be required, it’s one of my best business courses, perhaps my favorite. Francesca is really passionate about young peoples’ professional development and her attitude is contagious.


Q: How did you get an internship at Liberty Mutual?

2018 Walker EDGE Internship Fair

A: I went to the 2017 Walker Edge Internship Fair knowing I was interested in insurance. Liberty Mutual was at the Fair, so I talked to Mel, the company’s representative and Branch Manager. We had a good conversation. Since the company was a Fortune 100 and one of the country’s biggest insurers, I knew it would be a great opportunity to work for them so I decide to apply. Liberty called me for an interview, and in the afternoon following the interview, I was called with an internship offer. That was pretty exciting. I started that May on a 12-week program, knowing that if I met expectations, I would be able to continue the position throughout the school year. During the internship, I went to Boston for a week on a Senior Forum where interns get to learn more about the company and network. The internship was going really well so I continued it through December. Then, I was asked to work full-time for Liberty Mutual as a sales agent upon my graduation. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I was sure that I loved the work environment and saw growth opportunity, so I accepted.


Q: What’s it like working for Liberty?

A: Liberty treats their employees so well. Every month corporate sends out motivational emails and in general, are big advocates for keeping their employees happy. They offer good benefits, from education to healthcare, and provide intensive training. A sales agent trains for 16 weeks before going off on their own. The environment is team-oriented even though it operates with individual sales. We are a cohesive team, and my co-works are always helpful, generous and fun to be around.


Q: What is your Webster Story?

A: I am from California, and grew up as a military brat, going to three different elementary, middle, and high schools. I graduated in Dixon Missouri, close to Rolla. I made way to Webster University because I was recruited for track and soccer. I was only aiming to play soccer, but the track coach recruited me too.

I came to campus for a visit and loved the small environment. The coaches, Nick Niehaus and Dan Graber were great too, so I committed. When I started, I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I thought about being a physical therapist, so I could be involved with sports, but biology was way too hard for me. I changed my mind within the first three weeks and decided to study business administration. I knew I could find something in that field, my parents owned businesses, and I too thought I could be an entrepreneur someday. Switching to a business track was a great thing for me.

I started my freshman year playing soccer and track. Then, I needed to leave Webster University for a year due to financial reasons. I transferred back in with an associated from community college. From that point, I focused completely on track. I am now a decathlete and train twice a day. I serve as a representative from the Mens Track and Field team on the Student Athletic Committee SAC. I also represent SAC on the university student committee that allocates the student activity fee budget for student departments and organizations.

Q: What’s you advice to current and future Walker Students:

A: Take the Walker EDGE course.

Don’t take school for granted, work hard, it’s your future. When I was a young, I didn’t really care about school, but soon learned the impact that actions have on your future. Just take the Walker EDGE course to understand what I mean, really.

  • Go to the internship fair, as early as sophomore year. Some internships require other internship experience. In fact, I was turned down for one internship for not having enough experience.
  • Know that good grades are important. It’s important to get a taste for the real world.
  • Have a goal but before you even meet that goal, have another goal set.
  • Get a mentor. Having a support system is helpful, even if it’s your roommate for example. Find someone who will push you.


Mason says he is excited for the future, and on behalf of the Walker School of Business & Technology, were excited for his future too.

4th Annual Walker EDGE Internship Fair

On February 7, 2018, in Career Insight, Uncategorized, by Walker News

The annual Walker EDGE Internship Fair took place on February 1st, in the East Academic Building’s Edward Jones Commons. Over fifty students took advantage of the opportunity to speak with recruiters to find potential employment matches and to gain experience with career/internship fairs. The companies in attendance represent a variety of industries giving students the ability to explore an internship in their career field and one that fits their desired company structure and culture.

Walker EDGE Strength Stickers

Walker EDGE Strength Stickers

Strength stickers were provided for students and recruiters to wear, as a creative and fun way to identify professional skills, engage in conversation and to facilitate networking. Sticker examples included: “Takes Initiative,” “Creative Problem Solver,” “Calm under Pressure,’ and “Ultra Hacker.”

The Career Planning & Development Center and Walker EDGE Office worked together to co-sponsor a successful day of outside-of-the- classroom learning that is essential for students’ professional development.

Walker EDGE Internship Fair 2018

Students going through the interview process for internships are encouraged to check out the Career Planning & Development resources, including mock interviews, resume tips and more. Drop-in Career Advising is also available on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the EAB Edward Jones Commons.

Students who were unable to attend the fair or who wish to explore additional internships are encouraged to visit  Gorlok Career Link.

Thank you to all of the companies who attended:

Kennedy Capital Management

New Honor Society

Urban Harvest

Enterprise Holdings

Northwestern Mutual


Abstrakt Marketing

Cass Information Systems

Liberty Mutual


Cushman & Wakefield


Advanced Technology Group

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Walker EDGE Spring Internship Fair

On February 21, 2017, in Career Insight, Events, by Walker News
Walker EDGE Spring 2017 Internship Fair

Walker EDGE Spring 2017 Internship Fair

On February. 15, students from the Walker School of Business & Technology met face to face with recruiters seeking interns for the spring and summer at the Walker EDGE Spring Internship Fair, co-hosted by the Walker School of Business & Technology and Career Planning & Development Center.

More than 80 students attended the event, dressed professionally and prepared to engage with recruiters. MBA student Asmaa Ali and Freshman Finance student Van Truong won an Amazon Echo Dot and an Amazon Fire TV Stick as part of a grand prize raffle for attendees who also participated in an internship fair resume book.  Walker School Associate Dean Simone Cummings said, “Our students are polished and professional. I’m so proud of everyone here today and I know they’ll be successful in finding great internships.”

Graduate student Shikha Ralleigh talking with a recruiter at the Walker EDGE Internship Fair

Graduate student Shikha Ralleigh talking with a recruiter at the Walker EDGE Internship Fair

Organizations recruiting included: Maritz Motivation Solutions, Sherwin-Williams, Centene Corporation, Cushman Wakefield, Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent A Car, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Graybar, Fabick Cat, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, The State of Missouri, US Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MTM, Inc., Better Weekdays, Scottrade, Inc., Hirelevel, Technical Youth Brooksource, and Unisys.

Recruiters shared positive feedback with organizers regarding the event: “I just wanted to say that the event went wonderfully.  We were able to talk to a lot of students and I believe we have found some good candidates!” – Kristy Flaiz, Assistant Accounting Manager at Cushman Wakefield

Recruiters from Centene discussed internship opportunities with Walker students.

Recruiters from Centene discussed internship opportunities with Walker students.

Students can continue to get up to date information on internships for spring and summer as employers post opportunities in GorlokCareerLink, Webster University’s online career management and recruiting system.

Professional PictureGuest contributor: Megan Price, BA Management, May 2018

We had a conversation with Justin Peters, the author of a four part series of LinkedIn article  “4 Things to Do Each Year of College to Guarantee You a Job.”   Peters earned a BS in Business Administration in 2014 and is close to completing an MA in Management & Leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

“The series came as a thought to me when classes were starting back up this fall and my little brother entered his first year of college and asked me for advice.”  The personal and professional knowledge Peters shares was gathered and through his extensive experiences, including courses, internet self-studies, work experience, and his father.  Peters’ advice also comes from personal experience; he is a Marketing Executive at J.W. Terrill and has been with the company since 2012.

Peters’ drive to excel developed during his sophomore year as he began to take higher-level business courses including the Walker EDGE professional development course, WSBT 2000 Career Exploration for Professional Success. He also attended Walker School sponsored events such as the Walker Speaker Series.

Even though Peters began his studies without an exact college or career goal, he scored many goals on the field.  He played for the Webster University Men’s Soccer Team, and assumed the role as team captain before graduating.  A retired player now, Peters emphasizes that he is “just as competitive at work as I was in soccer.”

Webster Works WorldwideWebster Works Worldwide, tutoring, and CLICK (Creating Links in Community Knowledge, a community service event sponsored by Walker EDGE) contributed to Peters’ development by allowing him the opportunity to give back to his community.  Peters’ volunteer work did not stop when he walked across the graduation stage, it was just the beginning.  He now selflessly serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Young Professional’s Group and has dedicated his time to facilitating the success of Webster University students through the WebsterUniversity Mentoring Program.  Peters also benefited from this program as a mentee of Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, a Doctorate of Management alumni, community figure, and entrepreneur. He continues to share the knowledge gained from her as well as his own experiences with his mentees.

GraduationPeters’ advice outlines a path to follow, with steps targeted toward each year in college, in order to earn a great job, just as he has.  He advocates the crucial benefit of an internship and getting involved in the community.  Peters manages the J.W. Trill internship program and reports that in times of difficult hiring decisions the candidate with the most involvement and professional development ranks above those solely with high GPAs.  We highly encourage current students to take heed to this successful, ambitious Walker Alumni’s advice in his 4 part LinkedIn article series:

Freshman Year:

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Walker EDGE Dress to Impress Red Carpet Event

On April 1, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

dress to impressThe Webster University community is invited to attend the red carpet event, Dress to Impress, on April 24 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.  This event will be held in the East Academic Building Edward Jones Commons, 545 Garden Road in St. Louis, Mo.

Organized by a team of Walker EDGE students, the event will showcase easily accessible and inexpensive professional and business casual attire options for students.

Among the activities at this event, students can visit booths to learn how to tie a tie or a scarf, apply professional-looking makeup and find out how to shine shoes.  Local shops and boutiques including Rung, Scholarshop and Upscale Resale will show off their clothing and offer deals and tips.  These activities will lead up to a fashion show in which students will model professional and business casual looks for men and women.

Appetizers and drinks will be served.  This free event is open to students from all majors.

For more information, or to volunteer to model in the fashion show, please contact Lori Sharp, assistant director of Walker EDGE, at 314-246-7632 or

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Industry Insight Night: Marketing and Management

On February 19, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

1401_IndustryNight-7139Webster University students interested in careers in marketing and management are invited to attend Industry Insight Night on Thursday, Feb. 27.  This event will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the East Academic Building Edward Jones Commons, 545 Garden Avenue in St. Louis.

Sponsored by Walker EDGE, this event is the perfect opportunity for you to get career advice from industry professionals and learn about internships and jobs.  Representatives invited to attend include:  Enterprise, Ascension – The Resource Group , Mercy, World Trade Center, Graybar, Scottrade, Federal Reserve and more.

Professional dress is required.  Students are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes.  Appetizers will be served.

RSVP to attend this event.  Don’t miss out!

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Graduate students are invited to enroll in MNGT 5500 Graduate Seminar:  Walker EDGE Professional Development, a one credit hour Spring II seminar.  The seminar will focus on career development, including career assessment, personal branding, interviewing, networking and resume writing.

MNGT 5500 (section 09) is open to all majors and the seminar will be held at Webster University’s Main Campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

The seminar will be offered Friday, April 4 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For more information, contact Anne Browning, or Rebecca Spear,

Space is limited, so register today!

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Industry Insight Nights for Students

On January 15, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

Plan to attend Industry Insight Nights presented by Walker EDGE.  Open to all students at Webster University, these events will enable you to network with industry professionals and representatives and gain valuable insight, advice and perspective on careers.  Three events are scheduled for Spring 2014:

Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Tuesday, January 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons
  • Representatives invited from BJC, CDM, Centene, Emerson, Geotechnology, Graybar, Lumate, Maritz, Mercy, Monsanto and more.

Financial Services and Business Management

  • Thursday, February 13 / 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons
  • Representatives invited from Ameren, Bank of America, Brown Smith Wallace, Commerce Bank, Edward Jones, Enterprise, Kennedy Capital Management, Scottrade, US Bank and more.

Marketing and Management

  • Thursday, February 27th, 2014 / 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons
  • Representatives invited from Arch Grants, BJC, Build-a-Bear, Drury, Enterprise, GfK, International Institute of Greater St. Louis, Lincoln Industrial, Novus and more.

Professional dress is required.  Appetizers will be provided. For questions, contact Rebecca Spear.

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“In today’s hyper-competitive employment market, it isn’t enough for prospective employees to have the best credentials; they must also know how to interview,” said Benjamin Ola. Akande, chief partnership officer and dean of the Walker School of Business at Webster University.” 


Student Morgan Webb participates in a mock interview through Walker EDGE.

Dressed in suits and armed with resumes, more than 50 students put their interview skills to the test as they responded to behavioral and situational questions often asked during interviews. Recruiters and hiring executives from Graybar, Centene, Enterprise Holdings, Maritz, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo and MOHELA then provided students with constructive, real-time feedback and advice so they would know what to do and say to land a job in the future.

Morgan Webb, a junior accounting major, was among the students who took advantage of the mock interview opportunity, which was organized through Walker EDGE.  “The experience was really helpful because I’ve never been to a corporate interview before,” she explained.  “It gave me a feel for what I can expect in future interviews.”

Learn more about Walker EDGE, the career development program at the Walker School.

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The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology has announced a new course focused on preparing students to successfully navigate the worst employment environment since the Great Depression.   Open to all students at Webster University, MNGT 3100: Issues in Management: Walker EDGE Professional Development, is a new three credit-hour course focused on providing strategic professional preparation and a hands-on approach to conduct a successful job search.  Through an intensive classroom experience, mock interviews and other aspects of professional development, students will become familiar with the current job market, personal branding, resume and cover letter preparation, pre-interview research, interviewing skills, networking, internship opportunities and much more.

“This is a must-take course for our students because it offers a deep preparation to explore and define career goals that will enable their transformation from college to the workplace,” said Benjamin Akande, Dean of the Walker School.  “And in the Post-Great Recession Era, having these tools is a necessity.”

Two sections of MNGT 3100: Issues in Management:  Walker EDGE Professional Development will be offered in spring 2014.

Spring Semester, Section 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays
12 – 1:20 p.m.


Spring Term II – Section 03
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Students can register for the course through Connections (under the student tab, “Student Academic Services” Channel).  Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early.

For questions, contact Anne Browning or Rebecca Spear.

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