Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Tippie alumna, student, and professor offer up current trends worth sharing. 

Elise Runde Voss (BBA08)
CEO/Co-Founder of UpScored
, New York, New York

What are you reading? I’m reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It’s a fascinating look into the growth of Nike and Knight’s journey as an entrepreneur. It’s honest and refreshing.

Who is inspiring you? I really admire J.K. Rowling. Aside from her evident talent, her story is incredible. She was a single mother living on benefits before Harry Potter, which was actually met with a number of rejections before it was published. If you have 30 minutes to spare, google “J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech.”

What is the best part of your day? It truly depends on the day! The best part of most of my days is when I spend time with my husband. When it comes to work, the best part is right after my team and I have come up with a great idea or a solution to a problem (usually following a long brainstorming session and a lot of coffee).

Jon Garfinkel
Professor and Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow

What are you reading? I’m reading The Wisdom of Finance by Harvard Professor Mihir Desai. His book offers “an entry” to finance thinking by tying core finance concepts to the humanities and to more commonplace life-long questions. For example: “[B]ankruptcy teaches us how to react to failure, the lessons of mergers apply to marriages, and the capital asset pricing model demonstrates the true value of relationships.”

Who is inspiring you? I continue to be inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama. The more I watch world politics, the more grateful I am for his wisdom, and the more amazed I am at the normalcy of their family (particularly their children).

What is the best part of your day? Cooking dinner with my wife.

Maggie Rechtoris (BBA18)
Post-graduation: Accounting Rotation Business Associate, CNA Insurance, Chicago, Illinois

What are you reading? I am currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the second novel in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. 

Who is inspiring you? I am currently inspired by Catt Sadler. She was an E! News anchor who quit her two-decade career after learning that her male co-host made nearly double the amount she made. I have a greater appreciation for all the women who are attempting to break the glass ceiling, and fighting for equal pay within the workforce, whether it is Hollywood celebrities or people participating in marches across the nation.

What is the best part of your day? The best part of my day is the morning. I enjoy going to the gym right away in the morning to help wake up and mentally prepare for the day ahead of me.

This feature originally appeared in the 2018 issue of Exchange, the UI Department of Finance alumni magazine.