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Student Spotlight: Danielle Hart

Dani Hart
Danielle Hart

It wasn't until the opening of the Perdue Hall that my business career really began to take off. I sat in Professor Dover's first E-Marketing class of the semester and realized it was time to buckle down and dive head first into as much as I possibly could while pursuing double majors in marketing and environmental studies.

Before this point, I served as the Panhellenic executive board treasurer, helped re-launch the Surf and Board Club as the secretary, held the treasurer position of the Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society, and served as fundraiser, standards and risk management, and social chair for the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. I enjoyed being active on campus and wanted to allocate the leadership skills I gained to my future career in business.

In fall 2011, with the motivation and coaching of Professor Dover, I competed and won gold for the DMAW-EF MAXI competition with Jules Waxman, Matt Tarbert and Chelsea Jalbert. While working on the MAXI, I also trained for the Network of International Business Students' Case Competition with Katie Parker, Chris Dalton and Matt Cohen. After countless nights of preparation and coaching from Dr. Roche, Dr. Weer and Dr. Wood, our team qualified and competed in The Netherlands final round of competition against international teams.

My next venture was the launch of the Women in Leadership (WIL) organization on campus in spring 2012. WIL has hosted speakers including Rosemary Reed of Double R productions, Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head Beer and Ginny Pulos of Ginny Pulos Communications. In addition to speakers, WIL also has planned networking events and workshops for our members and the campus community. The organization continues to expand both on campus and in the community.

During spring 2012, I also competed in the Google Online Marketing Challenge and placed in the 80-90 percent quartile of students in the world, and I competed in the Effie Collegiate Social Awareness Marketing Campaign competition.

As I wrap up the last semester of my college career at Salisbury University, I've been alongside Professor Morris planning events for the Perdue School of Business. I served on the National Business Women's Week planning committee, planned the Ginny Pulos Storytelling for Success workshop and networking event, and the Race to Innovation Entrepreneurial competition.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people while gaining event-planning skills I'll continue to use throughout my career. With graduation in a month, it's a very bittersweet time. I'm excited to launch my career, but I'll miss walking through Perdue Hall with the great friends, professors and mentors I've met.

Now, my pitch to other students is summed up in one quote: “Take risks. If you win, you'll be happy; if you lose, you'll be wise.” You'll learn more from pushing yourself and failing than you will from sitting back and watching others. So, don't wait to get involved, ask questions and challenge everything – especially yourself. I also invite all fellow Sea Gulls to follow me through my future endeavors and connect with me through my Web site: I'll always be open to helping others, so please don't be shy!

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