By Vina Tailor,
Stillman News Assistant Editor
On February 12, 2014, the Stillman Business School announced that President & CEO of Investors Bank, Kevin Cummings, would be the keynote speaker for its Spring Integrity & Professionalism Convocation.
The convocation took place on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 pm. The Jubilee Auditorium was packed with faculty and students of all different majors that came to listen to Cummings speak of his own experiences in his professional career.
Kevin Cummings is a certified public accountant and spoke on mergers and acquisitions, business leadership and marketing and branding at previous seminars. Cummings earned his MBA in professional accounting from Rutgers University.
He spent many years as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Investor’s Bank before becoming CEO in January 2008.
At the Convocation, Kevin Cummings spoke about bridging one’s faith and career to aim for greater good.
He expressed that in the midst of this, one should always serve others and remain true to his/her own core values. Cummings highlighted the following key terms: cooperation, community, character, communication, competency and caring. All of these terms contribute significantly and are essential in any professional career.
True leadership is all about inspiring teams, servicing employees and customers to ensure a community that has happy shareholders. It is all about taking opportunities and approaching every situation with an “I can do it” attitude.
One needs to have patience and give everyone a chance to change. It is crucial to realize that one’s parents, life partners and mentors all play an importance in the journey that one embarks towards their future success.
Throughout the journey one takes, a key element is remaining authentic to oneself and bringing one’s entire self wherever one goes. Leadership is influence.
Someone should choose what they what they want to do by using their heart and not their head in order to secure trust and accountability within themselves.
Kevin Cummings ended his speech by referencing his mistakes. He emphasized that it is okay to learn from mistakes and then become more determined to succeed.
Use mistakes as a guide to do better and as a learning tool.
Lastly, be passionate and discover a purpose in order to stick to core values. That is the golden rule.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Mar. 25 print edition.
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