Members Only | Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
Blog Home All Blogs

Chapter of the Month: Leading the Charge through NAWMBA Rice

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Elena Engles: Leading the Charge from NAWMBA Rice 

President, Rice University Chapter, Jones Graduate School of Business

This summer Elena’s internship is within Exxon Mobil’s Corporate Financial Services based out of their Budapest Business Service Center.  Her summer project involves evaluating whether the restructuring of a ~270 person organization into a more competency-based model would provide greater synergies, the sharing of best practices and a more aligned organization.  If she concludes the restructuring would benefit the organization, then she will create an implementation plan that can be scaled up to two additional international locations in South America and Southeast Asia.


Tell us how you got involved in NAWMBA.


I previously worked in oil and gas and I was one of two females on the team so I didn’t have a significant involvement with many women. I initially thought volunteering with NAWMBA would give me an additional skillset to learn how to better interact with women in business school. Stephanie Campbell, our previous president, created an internal mentorship program and I felt that the mentorship program would be beneficial in navigating business school and in having an impartial perspective for my career.


I ran for the presidency because I wanted to take what Stephanie did to the next level, and connect our university chapter to organizations and events off the Rice campus to increase our profile. Houston is really large and easy to get lost in. In order to help our members find the places that are right for them, we are pairing with professional, city-wide organizations that give back with the goal of members developing their network prior to graduation.


How have these networking events helped the growth of your members and chapter?


Everywhere I go I meet amazing business women who are passionate about furthering NAWMBA’s mission. For example, last week during a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon I met an amazing woman who is a young mom and is a brand consultant and media marketer in Houston and she speaks frequently on entrepreneurship. As Rice’s entrepreneurship program is in the top 5, I knew that she would be a perfect fit for our annual Women in Leadership Conference.  After the luncheon, I spoke with her about our organization and asked if she would be interested in being a panelist and she said yes immediately.


Has this also contributed to your personal professional growth?

Yes, it has really helped me build on my leadership skills. When I go out and talk about NAWMBA I don’t feel like I’m speaking on behalf of myself, but on behalf of the NAWMBA network. If it was just for myself I probably wouldn’t be as gung-ho, but because it’s a program to help build women I’m incredibly passionate about it. I want the women in our chapter to not feel limited due to a lack of opportunities. So we have a packed year’s schedule with events to help the women to learn, ask questions, and have access to people, places, and experiences that they might not have otherwise. It’s going to be a full, great year at NAWMBA, Rice University!


See Elena's photo below in front of the Hungarian Royal Opera House in Budapest!

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  academic  Chapter of the Month  Exxon Internship  leadership  NAWMBA  Rice University  WomeninBusiness  WomenMBA 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)