UNI honors women in business at annual hall of fame event
During the second annual Women of UNIBusiness Hall of Fame on April 26, nine successful and influential women were recognized for their achievements and contributions in the field of business.
Sponsored by the UNI Women in Business student organization and UNIBusiness, the event continues to focus on women who put the initial cracks in the glass ceiling.
"Honoring the Women of UNIBusiness Hall of Fame inductees is important to our current students, for a variety of reasons," said Katie Hillyer, director of the Office for Professional Distinction. "This group of women took a business degree and made a range of impact on their communities, the field of education and in business.
"It's important for our current students to see this as an example of the impact they can make in their lives and in the range of career opportunities they have with a business degree. Business is still male-dominated, especially as you look toward higher levels of leadership. As one of our honorees stated in her remarks, 'Women have made a lot of progress, but there is still work to do.'"
The 2019 inductees include:
The Homeowner Advocate
Mary is executive vice president and head of the Enterprise Complaints Management Office at Wells Fargo Company. She has made an impact on the lives of millions of homeowners through her involvement advising regulators and congressional leaders through the housing crisis.
The Engaged Community Citizen
Over the years, Mary's career path has varied, from publishing, writing and editing a state wrestling publication, working as a real estate broker and moving into the role of human resource officer, to eventually retiring as the vice president of Grundy National Bank. Her love of community service and belief in being a part of something bigger than oneself to make a difference for the greater good has never wavered.
The 'Business' Side of Education
Troyce built a solid foundation at UNI, and her career in educational administration, which is viewed as the "business" side of education, blended UNI's roots as a teachers college with an interest in business. Troyce continues to be recognized for her contributions to education in Iowa and is an active contributor to her community.
The Profitable Strategist
Mary credits her background in accounting as the setting foundation for her career. She has had a diverse range of experience building profitable companies and steering some of those companies through challenging situations. As the chief strategy officer at Starkey Hearing Technologies, she continues to formulate strategy and execute and sustain corporate strategic initiatives.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Sally was able to overcome the difficult challenge of financing her education to become a successful business owner. While she also found success working for others in the accounting field, she found a void in the industry around individual needs, quality of life and well-being, which led to Veritae Group. With varied experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Sally has always put an emphasis on the "work hard, play hard" motto.
The Secretary of State
Growing up as an only child in small-town Iowa gave Natalie the drive to graduate as valedictorian from her high school and graduate with a degree in business from UNI . Her reputation for standing up for what she believed was right helped to solidify her place in history as the longest serving secretary of state in Colorado.
The Little Bit of Everything
With degrees from UNI and the University of Iowa, Helen was able to do a little bit of everything—IT, HR responsibilities, job costing, safety programs— for the family business, which focused on the manufacturing and installation of passenger and freight elevators. Her commitment to her business, family and community made the Schumacher Elevator Company the international company it is today.
The Pioneer for Women in Accounting
The importance of being able to "paddle her own canoe" stuck with Carol her whole life. After earning a bachelor's degree in accounting from UNI, she went on to be the first and only female partner at Dee Gosling & Company. And after company mergers throughout the years, Carol is now the owner and CEO of Schuster & Co. PC, which provides tax, accounting, payroll and consulting services to businesses and individuals.
The UNIBusiness Legacy
Marty realized early on that she wanted an academic career in accounting and tax. After a chance drive through Cedar Falls, she soon found herself at UNI first as an associate professor and eventually as head of the Department of Accounting, the first female to hold the position. Though now retired, Marty continues to advocate for women in business, knowing there is still more for the next generation to do.