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Business owner. Software engineer. Congressional candidate. Across
the country, women from Kaplan
University’s School of Information Technology (IT) and School of Business are gaining
traction in professional disciplines traditionally held by men.
Along with providing practical resources and information to
assist you in your career, the Kaplan University Women in Business and IT Leadership
Center is home to moving stories of perseverance and initiative from female students
who are determined to prosper in and out of the classroom.
Though they come from different backgrounds, follow
different career paths, and hold different professional aspirations, their
education and experiences at Kaplan University are at the core of their
ambition. We invite you to get to know more about some of our amazing IT and
business students and find from them the inspiration to set goals and overcome
Carol Platt is a successful businesswoman, mother, and
congressional candidate. She currently works as the association executive and government
affairs director at a REALTORS® association. Carol completed
her Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration at Kaplan University, followed by her Master of Science in
Higher Education, with a focus on college administration and leadership. By
advancing her education, Carol notes she was able to learn more about the field she was
employed in as well as branch out into other areas.
“My life has been enriched by attending Kaplan University. Personally, it has allowed me to complete and surpass a major goal that I set
for myself years ago,” she said. “On a professional level, my performance has
been enhanced by the increased skills and knowledge, along with the ongoing
accessible resources and continuous learning options.”
Carol believes it is important for women to seek out other
successful women as mentors and to surround oneself with a supportive network.
Her biggest challenge in business has been in overcoming society’s misconceptions
of women. She believes the way to change social perceptions is by first
changing women’s perceptions of themselves.
Heather Travitz is a business owner, student, mom to five, and army wife who successfully balances her tasks, giving her best to
all aspects of her life. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration at Kaplan University with her goal to better grow her business
as a self-employed healthy lifestyle coach.
Heather’s role models are her mother and Arianna Huffington,
citing them as being successful in all areas of life by maintaining
impressive careers without sacrificing personal and family lives. With
all of Heather’s responsibilities, her biggest challenge has been time
management, but she has learned to schedule in family time and time for herself
while running a profitable business and excelling in school. She advises women
to be confident and go after what they want in order to achieve success.
“Believe in yourself and everything you have to offer,” she
says. “Don’t let anyone come in the way of your goals and dreams.”
Patricia Turnham is currently an MBA student at Kaplan
University, specializing in human resources. After a divorce that left her with
no source of income, Patricia pulled herself up, rejoined the workforce, and
started a new life for herself and her children. She was then inspired by her
daughter to re-enroll in school to pursue career advancement.
Patricia is in her third term as president of the world’s
first virtual Society for Human
Resource Management chapter, which has helped her gain more
confidence as a public speaker. In this capacity, she has organized a successful
collection drive for coupons for military families and has booked a world-famous HR professor as a speaker for the last 2 years.
Patricia advises women in business to seek respect from others and to
hold their own when compared to other people.
“Don’t hide your light,” she says. “Put it out there.”
Bea Van Hook is a self-employed freelance photographer and
holistic products network marketer. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration at Kaplan University, with plans to earn a subsequent MBA, to learn the skills relevant to running her own photography studio. This
mom of three is also the president of Autism Speaks U, a cause that affects her
personally as two of her boys are autistic.
Bea credits her first marketing teacher with sparking her
passion for business and marketing, saying the teacher took a gamble on her and
accepted her into a competitive program meant to teach high school students
real-world business skills. She advises other women trying to get ahead in
business to always believe in themselves and act with integrity.
“The biggest challenge for women is staying confident in
yourself,” she said. “When you’re put down enough or hit enough brick walls,
some women have trouble staying confident in their abilities. You have to take
those things with a grain of salt and move on to the next thing.”
Erica Hatch is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration at Kaplan University while working part time as a customer
service representative for a retail company. Initially starting her
undergraduate education at a local university, Erica quickly realized it wasn’t
for her. Not wanting to give up on her degree, she turned to Kaplan University,
graduating with her associate’s degree in business last year and earning Kaplan
University’s highest academic achievement award.
“From the moment I started, everyone I’ve met through Kaplan
[University] has been amazing,” she said. “I feel at home at Kaplan
Erica believes a willingness to adapt is crucial when it
comes to having a career in business. She has had to overcome her own inherent
shyness to succeed in college and aims to grow into a strong and confident
woman, looking to her current boss as a role model.
“There are still some instances where I still feel like I’m
out of my comfort zone,” she said, “but I’m pushing through it and am getting
Euly LeGro is a principal technical architect at a telecommunications company,
where she works in the information technology department with tools that
provide business intelligence. She has worked at her company for 17 years and
credits its flexible environment with her success in balancing a full-time job
and her family. Euly is currently expanding her knowledge of the field by
pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology, with a focus in business
intelligence, from Kaplan University.
Euly believes a woman must be confident in herself to
achieve success in business. She overcame a lack of confidence early in her
career with the help of her mentor, a successful female leader who saw
something in Euly and hired her for her first post-graduate job. Euly believes having
confidence in herself allowed her to develop the skills relevant to her career.
“Confidence is a key trait,” she said. “You don’t have good
communication skills without confidence.”
is a junior software engineer at an information technology services and solutions organization, a position she accepted after
graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Kaplan
University in January 2014.
“I am the
exception,” says Krista, speaking to her completing a degree and securing a job
in her field immediately upon graduation despite a difficult past. Succeeding in spite of these
life challenges was her motivation to go to school and earn her degree.
“My degree has allowed me to make my little flying leap into the
middle class,” she said. “And it could not have happened without Kaplan
University and the teachers I met and skills I learned.”
As a leader
on an important project for Kaplan University’s Schools of Business and
Information Technology, Krista had an opportunity to showcase her management
skills. “In the management role, I am very open and expect my team to know and
follow through on their responsibilities,” she says. “I’m also there to keep
the team on task and give a little nudge if I have to.”
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