We are so excited to bring back the alumni spotlight series, and we couldn’t think of a better Hawkeye Alumnae to start us off! Tess Wilberding (BBA’17) received a major in Marketing, a minor in Physical Activity and Nutrition Science, and was able to take the CLA course through her Certificate in Leadership Studies.
Originally from Troy, Michigan, Tess came to the University of Iowa to run track and field, as well as cross country. While Covid-19 was tough on many jobseekers, Tess was lucky enough to start her position as a Business Development Representative with Salesforce in May of 2020. She loves working for Salesforce because it is a company that is rapidly growing and has strong core values. She is surrounded by intelligent colleagues that push her to be better every day, and the challenge and constant learning opportunities within Salesforce has made this a dream role for her!
One of the biggest skills that Tess received through CLA was learning how to network. “CLA helped me tremendously in learning how to network. I think that one of the most valuable things you can do once you start your career is to learn how to network properly and to always continue to network. CLA also helped me when I have had to lead certain teams I have been on, as well as what to look for in a leader above me,” says Wilberding.
We are so glad that the leadership and networking opportunities in CLA paid off for Tess, and we cannot wait to watch her professional journey unfold.
Best of luck to you Tess – Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye!
- By Cassidy Beshel