Livia Boss is a student completing her Master of Business Administration in the Corporate Residency program at Dalhousie. Her academic achievements are not the only way Livia stands out to employers. Not long ago, Livia crafted a pitch that has led her to like-minded people who appreciate and cherish her authenticity.
“I delivered my first year MBA Elevator Pitch to a room full of employers with a clarity and assertiveness that (I hope) masked the numbing underlying panic that I was feeling. I had practiced for days and I can still recall every word. This is my first elevator pitch and it speaks to something far greater than a job or an employer:
‘When I’m 100 years old, I intend to tell my great grandchildren that my proudest achievements can be traced back to me standing here and speaking to you. I will tell them that this moment was the shove that I needed to go from above average to exceptional… but I am getting ahead of myself.
My name is Livia and my life so far can be characterized by a series of brave decisions and bold leaps of faith. The path that has led me here has been unpredictable at best and I have always been that someone that you would meet on the road less traveled.
But for the first time in my life I find myself standing still, looking around… wondering. I wonder what amazing things could happen if I took all of my boldness and curiosity and committed them to growing a company, a city, a country.
I know you don’t know me yet, but I invite you to have a conversation with me today, because that conversation may very well be the first step to building something still worth talking about 70 years from now.’
My goal at the time of this pitch was one thing: to get a corporate residency wild card interview. Well, I failed at that. But I failed not because my speech was bad or unprofessional, but because the person that I was actually speaking to wasn’t there. In fact, I wouldn’t meet her for another year.
To me, the elevator pitch is not about crafting a 60-second blurb to carry on the tip of your tongue to throw at unsuspecting employers. It’s about becoming familiar with your own personal drivers so that you can identify people who can understand you and who you would love to work with. Ultimately, it’s a vehicle for your authentic self to be confident in the roads you choose to travel.”
With the MBA Elevator Pitch Contest deadline fast approaching, first and second year students should be paying close attention to Livia’s creative take on how to pitch yourself to employers. Her career advice can also be applied to all students on the job search. We congratulate Livia on taking bold leaps of faith to lead her to a career that she loves – and we suggest you do the same!