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Post-January GBM Discussion

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Do you have lingering thoughts after the January GBM? Are there topics you want to discuss in deeper detail with your fellow BOW members? Do you have ideas for future GBMs? Log on to https://www.duke-bow.com/blog and submit a comment on Paula’s spotlight!


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Allegra Fritelli
Allegra Fritelli
Mar 01, 2022

Paula Arrojo's accomplishments and her path to become a successful businesswoman, inspire me. I am a sophomore, and at the moment I am undecided between Political Economy and Behavioral Science with Psychology Track, and I don't really know where I will end up. I feel comforted by Paula's route (leaving her pre-med path) and the various obstacles that she overcame. She emphasised how beneficial her time at Duke was, for the opportunities she had and the amazing people she has been surrounded by. Her opinions on female mentorship reflect the feelings of other powerful women in industries where males are usually dominating. She has made a concerted effort to promote women to advance to higher-level jobs. Paula discussed being engaged in the action and havin…

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Lindsay
Lindsay
Mar 01, 2022

One idea that really resonated with me was how Paula talked about the gender roles within the workforce. Paula explained how girls will be so excited to get a competitive internship and will settle with the job they have and not put themselves out there to advance. Meanwhile, men will get the same job and will ask for more opportunities, advancing them over the women. It was both encouraging and inspiring to hear about how Paula advanced within her jobs and took the risk despite these gender biases. It was great to learn about how Paula is fighting for other women, especially minority women, in the workforce and encouraging them to earn higher positions. Also, it was very comforting to…

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I loved learning about Paula's background and how she began out as a Premed student at Duke, focusing on science and liberal arts, but later switched courses and was able to adapt to new environments. She later attended Wharton Business School for an executive MBA program. She knew she wanted to work in wealth management and went to school to learn more about it. I think it is inspiring that she was able to do so many things as a young adult and then could pinpoint exactly what she wanted to focus on. I also appreciated her touching on the help that BOW networks provided along her journey. I’m also inspired by the fact that she was a first-generation college…

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I thought Paula's talk was really inspirational, and she taught me a lot about how to navigate male-dominated professional spheres. As a woman going into tech, although our fields do not exactly line up, there was I learned about how I should assert myself in the workplace, and knowing my own worth. As a Latina woman, I was really inspired by her career and how she moved up. It is not too common to see Latina women in important positions, unfortunately. Therefore, I also really appreciate how she advocates for other Latina women to be in similar positions, because unfortunately we all know that obtaining these positions are not just based on merit, but connections as well.


It was interesting…

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Madeleine Reinhard
Madeleine Reinhard
Feb 28, 2022

I really enjoyed listening to the January GBM speaker Paula Arrojo, especially her general business and mentorship advice. I am not going into finance, nor am I pre-med, but I found her points to nonetheless be very relevant to my own professional plans. First, I appreciate her advice to “know your worth” and not accept merely any position. Second, I found her advice to “find out where the action is, and get yourself there,” to be spot-on. In line with the first piece of advice, it can be easy to find any role at a company and just stay there, but it is important to keep pushing yourself to where you want to be. Only stick with a job if…

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