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Maria Camila Bedoya, Living the Eau Claire Advantage

Maria Camila Bedoya, a third year student from Rochester, MN, has been named the 2016 College of Business Emerging Leader. She is double majoring in account and information systems.

The Emerging Leader award is presented to a current business student who has shown early leadership and potential for success. Students were nominated for the award by the faculty and staff members.

Bedoya will be recognized at the 2016 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, May 5 at 5 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom, Room 330. The reception is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and UW-Eau Claire University Centers.

For more information, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean, UW-Eau Claire College of Business. 

Meet Maria Camila Bedoya

The second time’s the charm for Maria Camila Bedoya. Bedoya, who goes by Camila, has the unique honor of having been nominated twice for the Emerging Leader Award by the college’s faculty and staff.

Originally from Colombia, Bedoya is the first person in her family to attend college in the United States. For that reason, she was determined to grasp every opportunity presented to her as a student at UW-Eau Claire.

And she has.

Bedoya has been active in the Student Accounting Society, Student Senate Finance Commission, and AIESEC, an international organization that provides leadership development opportunities and internship experiences to college students. Currently, she works in Admissions as a campus tour and communications intern, an experience she says has been the one of the most meaningful for her at UW-Eau Claire. Bedoya is also a University Honors Program student.

“This experience has not only given me the chance to voice my passion for our university, but it has also greatly enhanced my communication skills,” she said.

Bedoya’s commitment to the university has not gone unnoticed. Recently, she was promoted to events intern, a position of greater responsibility in Admissions which entails planning university-wide student recruitment events, such as the Admitted Student Day and Honors Visit Day. But Bedoya admits that she thrives on new challenges and is excited to see how this new position will help her continue to develop as an emerging leader.

This summer, she will be interning at Ernst and Young (EY) in Minneapolis. This is a rotational internship which will allow her to explore the firm’s different service lines. After graduation, she would like to work in public accounting, possibly at one of the Big Four firms.

Bedoya credits her professors and a variety of campus resources for helping her find a career that she is passionate about.

“I have been lucky to have some wonderful accounting professors who sparked my interest in that field,” she said. “As I became more interested in accounting, I was able to connect with opportunities through Career Conference.”

She believes her experience at UW-Eau Claire has helped her grow as a leader. Bedoya, who will graduate in December 2017, will continue to take advantage of the many opportunities available to her at on campus during her remaining semesters.

“I am confident that when I graduate, the College of Business will have prepared me for success in my future career.”

That is the Eau Claire Advantage.