The Special Teacher Who Influenced My Career: 9 Inspiring True Stories

I attribute much of my career’s success to my Marist College professor and mentor, Dr. Helen Rothberg. Helen (as she encouraged her students to call her) was an amazing teacher. She taught the higher-level business classes, including the senior “capping” course, Business Strategy & Management, which encapsulated the principles taught throughout the past four years. …

During my senior year, Helen invited me to work for her, which I immediately accepted. In addition to being a professor, she was a business consultant in strategic management, competitive intelligence, and intellectual capital management. … The pinnacle of my education with her was reached when Helen invited me to join her in New York City for the two-day offsite she held with the agency’s CEOs and parent company. I learned the subtlety of influencing others without telling them what to do, and that sometimes it’s best to plant a seed and have your colleagues reach the conclusion on their own. I learned that the workday doesn’t necessarily stop when you turn off your laptop and go out to dinner with the team. After that offsite, I knew I had chosen the right career path, and I’ll never be able to thank Helen enough for pushing me to be a better, more confident professional.

Amanda Augustine, Job Search Expert, TheLadders

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