The College of Business Emerging Leader Award is presented to a current College of Business student who has shown early leadership, is not graduating in 2021, and has earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The recipient of the award is selected by the college’s faculty and staff.
Shae Baier, a junior operations/supply chain and information system double major from Durand, WI, was chosen as this year's College of Business Emerging Leader Award recipient from a list of 615 students who met the award's GPA requirement. Baier currently has a 3.9 GPA.
She was presented with a university's medallion by Dean Brewer Doran in a virtual celebration. Her name will also be added to the plaque in Schneider Hall listing past award recipients.
Meet Shae Baier, 2021 Emerging Leader
Being a servant leader is the main passion for Shae Baier and also the plan for the future.
"My focus is on what I can give to others, not what I can receive from an organization," says Baier.
She's been practicing her passion by serving as the VP of the Association for Operations Management (APICS), a student-run organization at UW-Eau Claire. Baier initially started as a leader within the APICS as chair of the social committee during her first semester. As a member of the current APICS executive board, she was involved with planning opportunities for members, such as a virtual career fair, diversity panels, mentor groups, professional events, and other beneficial events.
"This community (student orgs) has felt like a family to me and has pushed me to excel in my skills and experiences in so many ways."
She is also an active member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.
"The openness and availability from those in the College of Business have made my time in this college so welcoming and meaningful. I have been presented with so many opportunities to advance my skill set and step out of my comfort zone. The faculty has also been very supportive in guiding me to not only excel in my education but also my future career," says Baier.
Outside of school, she continues her passion for servant leadership by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Grace Edgewood Assisted Living Community Table, and Durand Sportsman’s Club.
Baier will be spending her summer as an intern with Oshkosh Corporation in their Global Procurement and Supply Chain Department.
She explains a major asset she has been provided with is the network of professionals that the College of Business at UW-Eau Claire has. This helped her in landing two internships and engaging in numerous other conversations and interviews.
"Communicating and connecting with these individuals has really opened up many doors for me and has helped increase my communication skills," says Baier.
She hopes is to continue working with Oshkosh Corporation full-time when she graduates in May 2021 and supporting the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Departments internally and externally.
Baier shared her gratitude, "Overall, I cannot say enough about the faculty and experiences that the College of Business has presented to me. I am so grateful to be a part of this college that strives for excellence for all. I brought the desire and drive to learn, and the College of Business presented the opportunities, for this, I am very grateful."