Bernadine Karunaratne, guest speaker. President, U.S. Government Consulting Services at Korn Ferry. Largest search firm in the world.
-Completed undergrad and grad school at AU (Kogod)
-Came as a foreign student at age 18.
-Joined public sector section of Gallop - polling. Worked there for 15 years
-Left there and started at Korn Ferry
-One of her biggest issues was bridging gap between being a foreign student and living in America
-All about being able to adapt - “agility”
-“Never too young to present your best self”
-Feedback is a gift. Embrace it
-Fine line when walking along social media: too much information, ect
-Establish a digital brand
-Are you responsible? Can you be trusted? Most common client questions
-VUCA - volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous. Seen in today’s business environment
-Successful leader of the future is a different type of leader than today
-Historical competencies and skill sets must be revisited
-Have a purpose statement. Be adaptable to change.
-Graduating students are at a leadership inflection point
Advice for moving ahead:
Examine your career goals and motivations: what gets you up in the morning, what energizes you
Consider what experiences you need to pursue your goals
Consider what competencies you need to develop
Put relationships first
Be yourself, believe in yourself
Take others with you
Lead with gratitude
Do the ordinary, extraordinarily well
Stay true to who you are, you can never go wrong.