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NEW awards $12,000 to women scholars

Thursday, June 30, 2016  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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The Network of Executive Women has awarded $12,000 in scholarships to five women pursuing careers in the retail, consumer goods and services industry. Scholarships for 2016 were awarded to undergraduate students Mariel Dehn of Western Michigan University; Caitlyn Fichtner and Kristen Moisey of St. Joseph's University; Emma Napier of University of Cincinnati; and MBA student Stefanie Nguyen of Western Michigan University.

"Supporting the career ambition, passion and professionalism of young women working toward industry success is highly important to NEW," said Kathy Bayert, NEW vice president of learning and advisory services. "Their academic excellence reflects the power — and potential – of women's leadership."

Mariel Dehn majors in food and consumer package goods marketing and minors in business analytics at Western Michigan University. With professional experience interning for The Kroger Co. and externing at The J.M. Smucker Company and Target, Dehn serves as vice president of professional events for WMU’s Food Marketing Association.

"It is a privilege to have Mariel as a student," says Frank Gambino, professor and director of WMU's Food/CPG Marketing Program, "and I cannot think of a more worthy candidate to represent the Network of Executive Women."

Caitlyn Fichtner, a two-time NEW scholarship recipient, majors in  food marketing with a minor in finance. The Presidential Scholarship recipient and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society member is a vice president for St. Joseph University’s Food Marketing Association and serves the homeless through the campus' Food Recovery Network Club.

Fichtner’s experience as a merchandising intern at Wegmans has bolstered her interest in a food retail career. "It is an industry that is constantly evolving and it is exciting just to see where it will go and to be a part of it," she said.

"It is not just her test scores, etc., that make her such a good student," says SJU Professor of Food Marketing John L. Stanton, "but contributions in class have made a difference in tenor of class discussion."

Kristen Moisey will graduate from SJU in 2017 with a major in food marketing and business intelligence and analytics and a minor in Spanish. A member of the Commissioner's Honor Roll and All-Academic Team and the Scholar of Distinction and National Academic Squad, Moisey serves as president of Aspire: Future Women in Business and is music director and arranger for the school's City Belles acapella group.

"I am looking to progress in my career in the food industry like I did throughout school, by building skills and looking to others for advice while sharing my aptitudes with others when I can,” Moisey says.

Kristen's potential is reflected in her leadership potential, enthusiasm for learning and eagerness to seek opportunities, according to SJU Assistant Professor Ruben A. Mendoza. "She personifies excellence and dedication," he says.

Emma Napier majors in marketing with a minor in business analytics. She has served as a strategy analyst for Vet Motor Sports in Ohio and as a marketing and insights analyst for Navigator Sales and Marketing in California. The NEW collegiate mentee and executive director of University of Cincinnati’s Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed professional business fraternity recently accepted a category management internship with Kellogg Company.

"Emma is not only a future leader, but is a current leader for NEW," says Subriana Pierce, managing partner, Navigator Sales & Marketing. "She's driven, hardworking, dedicated and has a vision of success within CPG and retail."

Stefanie Nguyen will graduate in May 2017 with a master's degree in business administration and has extensive professional experience as a product developer for Kashi Company and Kellogg's. She is supports and volunteers for animal welfare, education and environmental issues.

"Not only did Stefanie display sound analytical and critical thinking skills in her individual work, but she demonstrated excellent verbal communication skills,” says WMU Professor of Management Jennifer Palthe, Ph.D.

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