NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2013 – Marissa Stuart, an MBA student at Baruch College, has been selected as a Leader of Tomorrow by The St. Gallen Foundation for International Students in Switzerland. Marissa will be one of 100 graduate students from around the world who will participate in the St. Gallen Symposium, May 2-3, 2013.
The Leaders of Tomorrow represent the most promising young talents from the new breed of entrepreneurs, outstanding academics, professionals, politicians and public intellectuals under the age of 30. Their involvement at the symposium is to bring the young generation’s perspective to the debates that engage the Leaders of Today, top-level executives from business, politics and institutions.
Marissa, who will earn her MBA degree in Summer 2014, was selected as a Leader of Tomorrow after she participated in the global essay competition highlighting this year’s topic “Rewarding Courage.” The top 100 best contributions, as judged by an independent jury, qualify as Leaders of Tomorrow for an expenses-covered participation in the St. Gallen Symposium. This jury then selects the best contributions to be bestowed with the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award at the award ceremony.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC., Marissa went to work for Ipreo, where she has been a senior analyst for almost two years. She enrolled at Baruch, where she is currently majoring in real estate and finance, in order to enhance her career.
“I felt I needed to continue to learn to have a better idea of where my career path should lead,” Marissa said. “I also wanted to learn more about how businesses worked and the world of finance. I was attracted to Baruch’s location and its robust diversity.”
Writing her essay supporting this year’s symposium topic, “Rewarding Courage,” offered Marissa an opportunity to reflect upon her professional and educational experiences.
“Courage has played a huge role in my journey through life, especially in my educational career,” Marissa said. “I related to this topic because I face difficult situations every day and need to find courage to overcome them. I am part of the generation of young adults who are aiming for a more enriched life through continuing education. I have always tried to challenge myself beyond the classroom and many have questioned how I face such challenges. When I reflected on this, it made me realize that I focus more on the experience and less on the success or failure of my efforts, and it is easier to find the courage to try new things.”
In addition to the 100 essay competition qualifiers, 100 young representatives from academia and business will also participate in the St. Gallen Symposium, as the collective Knowledge Pool, who will discuss the annual topic.
Marissa, who has never been to Switzerland, will arrive on April 29 and return May 5. During her time, Marissa will participate in trainings sessions and workshops with other Leaders of Tomorrow.
“I am really looking forward to meeting people from all over the world and listening to stories about their cultures and their relationship to this year’s topic,” said Marissa, originally from New Orleans. “I am also really excited to meet and interact with the Leaders of Today and be a part of an international dialogue that provides new perspectives on important issues in our world.”
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, firstname.lastname@example.org