Today’s Class: February 2, 2018
Today’s guest was Olivia Rodrigues,
an entrepreneur, and a fashion and wardrobe consultant.
Today’s host was Lisanyis Gonzalez.
“Mr Cronin, before I start, there were many
impressive introductions and greetings. Janita spoke to me in French! Wow!
That made me feel comfortable right away.
She obviously took time to learn about my background.
And, Yaritza had a firm, very professional handshake; that was impressive. Everyone had great eye contact and a smile. I am impressed” Olivia commented.
Olivia shared her immigration story with the class. “It wasn’t easy.
I came to the States when I was 16.“
Olivia acknowledged she always understood the value of education and went to Rhode Island College. “I studied to be an accountant.”
After college, Olivia took a job at a non-profit company
which advocated for women’s rights. She did office work as part of a team of women with very strong brands. “These women changed my life. They saw something in me. They had more confidence in me than I had in myself. Some of
these women became my mentors and encouraged me to follow my dream of a career in fashion.
I am so thankful to these mentors.”
Olivia spoke about dressing for success.
She commented on the appropriateness of tattoos for a hypothetical job interview at JP Morgan, as well as the type of jewelry to wear (“a nice watch!!”) and the perfect blouse and shoes to make the best impression.
“However, if Walter is applying for a design job at Apple, a different style of clothes and jewelry might be helpful getting the job he wants. JP Morgan and Apple are not the same company with the same culture and expectations! We all need to do some research about the company we’re applying to and then wear the clothes we believe will help us get the job we want. Not every company’s culture is the same!“
The class ended with an opportunity for students to network with Olivia.