By Kathleen Poti
Marjorie Williams learned at a young age that hard work and determination can lead to success. But she never thought it would allow her to leave a legacy at the Bowling Green State University College of Business Administration (CBA).
Williams, who majored in supply chain management and marketing with an entrepreneurship minor, grew up as an only child in the Detroit area. Both of her parents were police officers and instilled the importance of a strong work ethic. They encouraged her to try new things, and she participated in cheerleading and drum line at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills.
When it was time to look at colleges, a relative recommended Williams tour BGSU.
“I attended preview day, and it was the best day of my life,” she said. “Everyone here was genuinely nice, and I was accepted on site.”
Williams was encouraged to apply for the Alumni Laureate Scholarship (ALS) after her ACT scores were reviewed. ALS recipients obtain full tuition reimbursement and a $1,000 book scholarship. This opportunity excited Williams because, after visiting BGSU, she knew that she wanted to be a Falcon.
“BGSU is an easy place to become the best version of yourself,” Williams said. “I feel like a better person because I have been exposed to different people and experiences. There is a place for everyone here at BGSU, and if you don’t find it, you can create it.”
Not only did the scholarship provide Williams the financial means to attend BGSU, it also helped her become more involved on campus. She is a part of the Honors College, a College of Business Student Ambassador, a member of the Supply Chain Management Association and the Women in Business Leadership (WIBL) student organization. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council and has completed three internships while attending BGSU.
Williams interned in brand marketing at Marathon Petroleum Corp. and in purchasing at Sanoh America, both in Findlay, and at Toyota in Kentucky. Upon graduation, she will work as a purchasing specialist for Toyota in Ann Arbor, Mich.
She is excited to begin her journey and plans to stay connected to BGSU.
“I feel like there is so much more to do now with my BGSU degree,” she said. “I probably would not have been able to go to school at BGSU if alumni didn’t give back. I want to give back financially. It is important to give back.”
She decided to leave a legacy by doing something that would continue to benefit the CBA while keeping her connected to the school.
Coincidentally, her Honors College senior project presented the perfect opportunity. Williams was inspired by Women in Business Leadership to do something pertaining to diversity within the CBA. She saw how successful WIBL was in bringing women together and decided to do her research on the current diversity statistics within the business college while gathering peer and external opinions. From there, Williams worked with Dean Ray Braun to create the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODI). The council is modeled after BGSU’s President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
Although she does not believe there is a diversity problem within the CBA, Williams was inspired to create DACODI as a way to help student organizations be aware of diversity and help make sure that everyone felt welcomed and involved. She will act as the alumni chair and continue to be involved.
Through hard work and determination, Williams successfully found a way to impact the school that gave her so much, and allowed her to return the favor.