Allison Steen


Allison Steen will be graduating in the spring of 2016. She is a global business leadership major from Eden Prairie, Minn.

What inspired you to become a global business leadership major?

Through business courses and clubs at my high school, I knew I enjoyed opportunities to creatively solve business issues and problems. However, as the world becomes smaller and smaller, the global aspect has really been the inspiration for me. The diversity of classes, teachers and people are all factors that inspired my global business leadership major.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in global business leadership?

Do it! It is important to be engaged in the classroom and utilize the diversified curriculum and outside opportunities. For first year global business majors, you establish your business foundation. During sophomore year, students explore a number of subjects with many teachers while learning the critical skills of working in teams through a cohort system. Junior and senior year are more focused studies. I believe, for business students in particular, it is critical to receive hands-on experience outside of the classroom. As one of the largest majors on campus, the department offers great opportunities in business skill development. This allows all types of students to participate in clubs and activities as well as the opportunity to pursue internships and future career aspirations.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I want to work in the new product development area of a company or startup business.  Ideally, the company has a global connection through their products, services and workforce. Eventually, I want to start my own company and/or non-profit organization. The GBUS major offers a solid foundation, great networking capability and a special relationship with other GBUS students and faculty that will always be beneficial after graduation.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?

All of the activities that I have been able to be a part of and all of the wonderful people that I have met have been the highlights of my time at CSB and SJU. Being a member of the Saint Ben's dance team and winning back to back national championships with girls that I would call my family was an amazing experience. The NYC Study Tour was an experience that I will always remember. I was able to meet several CSB and SJU alums, along with former NBC nightly news anchor Tom Brokow and the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. I also walked on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?

The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is time management. It is important to find a balance of academics, athletics, work and social life. It has also been a learning process for me to discover my passions and accept my strengths and weaknesses.

Are you involved in any other activities at CSB and SJU?

I am on the Saint Ben's dance team. I am also the Co-Media Relations Lead and member of the Student's for the Advancement of Management (SAM) competitive/traveling case studies team. I was recently accepted into the Entrepreneur Scholars program and I will be studying abroad in Scandinavia in May 2014 and London in the fall of 2014.