One of Mears’ sons graduated from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, and another son will soon apply.
“My son who graduated from Kelley recently got a job at Monarch Beverage,” explained Mears. “He interviewed for a training-in-sales position, but after they interviewed him, they decided to move him directly into a sales management position because of his Kelley foundation and the multiple internships he’d had. That meant an increase in salary and a potential for bonuses. It just goes to show how internships can truly pay off in the long run.”
Mears will also discuss the importance of building your network and seeking out mentors, as well as the ever-challenging balance between life and work (or life and school, for that matter).
“Start now, and make sure you understand your priorities,” she explained. “That will make it easier in the future. For me, it’s a trade-off. You have to prioritize what you want to do. As a working mom, I wanted to make sure I was involved at my children’s school, so sometimes I couldn’t do the book clubs or after-work activities. It’s all about balance and making decisions based on what’s most important to you.”
Mears will speak to X100 students next fall. Check back for further details.
About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis
The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 95 years. With over 107,000 living alumni and an enrollment of more than 10,500 students across two campuses and online, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley Indianapolis—based on the IUPUI campus—is home to a full-time undergraduate program and four graduate programs, including master’s programs in accounting and taxation, the Business of Medicine MBA for physicians and the Evening MBA, which is ranked 11th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at kelley.iupui.edu.