Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships 2012

 District 27 is pleased to announce Suzan Erbil as district and international winner of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships. 27 women from 11 countries competed in the final round of judging for the 12 US$ 7,000 scholarships.

Suzan Erbil, candidate from ZC Goslar St. Barbara/Germany, is one of the 12 international awardees.

Her achievements include:

2012 Bachelor in “International Management” from WHU –
Otto Beisheim School of Management

Master studies in Boston, USA and Milan, Italy through summer 2013
Scholarship from the Vodaphone Foundation
–          Management Training in China supported by the Foundation
–          Exchange semester in Montreal
Bachelor thesis at the World Leading Chemical Company. Winner at „Join the Best“ contest  with 1449 participants:
– 3 months internship with the COO of an international insurance company in Jakarta, Indonesia
Chairman of a non-profit student consultancy at  WHU:
– sucessfully supported 2 charitable organisations in Spain and Germany with business and financial knowledge
Work as a „1st aid responder“ to help elderly people in emergencies.
Languages: German, Turkish, English French, Spanish
At the 1st District Board Meeting in Brussels in September 2012 we had the opportunity to skype with Suzan Erbil who currently persues her master’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

Please see her statement:

A warm hello from my side and greetings from Boston. My name is Suzan Erbil: I am 22 years old and I feel really honored to share some of my thoughts with you on this special occasion.
Maybe some of you know Maya Angelou an American poet who said: “When you know better you do better!” This quote perfectly captures my motivation for attending university and trying to make the best out of each day.
There are not many things where I would say that I am certain about them, but there is one thing I am sure of and have no doubt about: I would not be talking to you today without the support of my family, friends and mentors and their appreciation of education. Thus, I see my achievements as part of their achievements.

After my high school degree in 2009 I received a full tuition scholarship by the Vodaphone Foundation that covered all my expenses during my studies at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Business. I had the chance to participate in an exchange program at HEC in Canada Montreal and a Management Abroad Course in China. As each culture has a lot of different aspects to learn from I was happy to take this experience home with me- including appreciation of small things in life.

In my family I am the first female generation going to college and having the chance of persuing an academic career and I am very thankful for this opportunity. Both in my studies and in various internships that I have done so far I noticed that very few women are represented in leadership positions. I do not think that women lack of any talent of taking over these kind of positions. If anything, it is because they do not dare. The thing they may be missing is someone to tell them that they can do it, someone to tell them that they can do better, someone who shows belief in them.This belief gives us the confidence to go our own paths, persue our goals and go beyond what we think we can actually do. And in this I am currently attending the D’Amore – McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. It is my first term and I will subsequently spend one semester in Milan for my master’s thesis.

For the support of Zonta International, an organization that gives women courage to break new ground, I am very grateful. Zonta International makes it easier for women to reach their goals and gives courage to dare, to know better and thereby to do better by supporting education for women.

Thank you very much for your time and attention.