From Savannah to Wall Street


From Savannah to Wall Street

With all your might. Ariel Shead ’15 is a woman with a plan. A business management and accounting graduate from Albany, Georgia, she’s eager to take the business world by storm.

Savannah State University wasn’t always part of her plan. That was until she drove by the campus one day. “It was so beautiful,” remembers Ariel. “I knew this was the place for me. It felt like coming home.”

It doesn’t hurt that Savannah State has an innovative global business program. The College of Business Administration (COBA) is one of Savannah State’s biggest programs. It also holds the highest accreditation possible from AACSB International. Only five percent of business schools in the world can claim that.

"I live to deconstruct problems. I love combing through data and numbers and tearing problems apart. And then coming up with a winning strategy for a business."
– Ariel Shead '15

With the help of her business professors, Ariel seized every opportunity that came her way, from internships to international study. She even worked with Merrill Lynch and for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

She won the Best Papers Award from the Academy of International Business-Southeast (AIB-SE) for a project entitled “Fraudulent Accounting.” Her research paper was published in the International Marketing and Management Research Journal.

Somehow, she still found time to volunteer with the Salvation Army, the Inner City Night Shelter, Senior Citizens, Inc., and the Old Savannah City Mission. And as president of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the vice president of finance for the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and the vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Ariel even received the President’s Second Mile Award for stellar leadership on campus, in the Savannah community, and beyond. What's next up on her plan? Continue to pave her path in the business world. Seriously Impressive.

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