September 2011 Featured Businesswoman: Kara SchneckDuring 2011, the Women’s Business Network will feature a Utah Valley businesswoman who has demonstrated business excellence in areas such as leadership, community contribution, and innovation. By identifying contributors from our community, we hope to learn from and network with other successful women as well as acknowledge success! WBN’s past chair, Cynthia Gambill of Remedez, will be interviewing and introducing us to these outstanding women.
With 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Kara Schneck is a seasoned professional whose award-winning campaigns have helped a variety of companies achieve their business objectives. She began her career with the New York City based public relations firm, Middleton & Gendron where she worked with top multinational consumer and service clients.
Schneck joined Nu Skin in 1995. In her current role as the head of corporate communications she oversees communications for key company constituencies, helping enhance the reputation and awareness for the $1.5 billion-dollar, publicly traded company operating in 52 markets.
As part of communicating Nu Skin’s corporate social responsibility efforts, Schneck has been instrumental in focusing the efforts of Nu Skin’s Force for Good Foundation to improve the lives of children by offering hope for a life free from disease, illiteracy and poverty. Her fundraising leadership has helped the foundation provide more than $1 million in annual grants to worthwhile children’s programs.
Schneck has also shared her expertise with the direct selling industry by serving as chair of the Direct Selling Association’s (DSA) communications committee from 2008-2010 and she is the currently the chair of the DSEF Consumer Committee. She is also serves as a member of the Utah Valley University Foundation.
Originally from San Diego, Schneck and her husband are the proud parents of three daughters. She loves spending time with her family – especially if it involves music, sports, volunteering, traveling, or entertaining.
2011-2012 WBN Scholarship RecipientsEach year the WBN raises scholarship money for college women seeking a career in business. For the 2011-2012 academic school year, the WBN evaluated dozens of outstanding scholarship applicants. Candidates were judged on scholastic achievements, clarity and progress toward their career goal, and an interest and willingness to be an active part of the Women’s Business Network. Candidates expressed a hope to learn much from professional women in the WBN through job shadowing and networking opportunities. Each winner will be awarded a $1500 scholarship for the 2011-12 school year and participate in WBN events while working with the WBN Community Affairs Director, Marsha Haynes (UVU Director of Internship Services). Thank you to all the organizations that support the WBN scholarship program and congratulations to Shanie Bushman and Tiffany Peterson!
Shanie Rowley is a junior at BYU studying accounting and has applied for the Masters of Accountancy Program. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for the top 10% of juniors and seniors and is on the BYU Track and Field team. Rowley was the team captain for the pole vaulting team for 2011 and was a regional qualifier. She won the scholar athlete award 2008-10 for excellence in sports and academics. This summer she did a study abroad in London and has a goal of working in international accounting. Her goal is to graduate from BYU and work for one of the big four accounting firms in the Seattle Washington area. She hopes to build some great relationships with female professionals in the WBN that will give her career advice and also is anxious to contribute to the program and be of service to others.
Tiffany Peterson attends UVU and is a Business Management and Finance major with minor in paralegal studies. She is presently on the Dean’s List as a sophomore and wants to become a lawyer and practice business law. Peterson is a very goal oriented, motivated student and plans on taking 16 credit hours fall semester. She loves soccer and besides playing she has worked as a manager and youth counselor for the Timpanogos Youth Soccer Camp as well as a referee for the Utah Youth Soccer Association. Additionally, she has played soccer for UVU. In high school she was very active in FBLA and served as her senior class president; she has also been on the FBLA-PBL at UVU where her duo took second in the nation. She hopes to gain insight from WBN members through job shadows, internships and networking. Using her focus, drive and dedication she hopes to become a successful Utah County professional and eventually return her appreciation to the Women’s Business Network.