While completing her dissertation on urban redevelopment, Williams also worked more than 30 hours a week with Leverage Companies, a real estate investment firm in newark who offered to hire her full-time once she graduated.
“I chose Rutgers Business School because of its reputation — it’s quite prestigious, and I think it helped prepare me well for a career in real estate,” Williams said.
She is part of the first graduating class from Rutgers Business School (RBS) to follow the real estate pathway offered as part of the undergraduate finance major. In addition to the knowledge she gained, “the courses gave me deep insight into how to conduct myself and survive in the corporate world,” she said.
Join the Student Transition in Commerce at Rutgers program (B-STAR) in 2018 gave Williams a strong start, she said. “I didn’t know what to expect from college classes,” she said. Williams earned six credits that summer, became familiar with the campus, and, most importantly, became part of a tight-knit community of RBS students, faculty, and administrators.
The award-winning B-STAR program, created and managed by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA), has been helping students make the transition from high school to college since 2014.
“B-STAR was the most life-changing experience for me,” Williams said. She appreciated the support of B-STAR faculty and alumni. “They were really behind us,” she said. Williams got involved with B-STAR’s alumni panel to share her excitement with incoming students. As a student leader, she also promoted the program through several on-campus workshops.
Williams gained valuable knowledge as a member of Women BUILD (Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development), which provides students with a professional network of role models and mentors. Williams culminated her two years on the program by completing a project on how companies have handled sustainability during the pandemic.
As part of Women Build, Williams also volunteered for Junior Achievement Financial Literacy, working with elementary school children before the pandemic. “It was gratifying to see young children excited about learning finance, especially since it was something I hadn’t received at their age,” she said.
Williams joined another organization, Rutgers Undergraduate Women in Business, because it offered camaraderie and support for women pursuing careers in male-dominated fields.
As a leader of the Rutgers Real Estate Society, Williams has worked with the Rutgers Center for Real Estate, developing opportunities for more undergraduates to get involved. The company hosts networking events for students to interview alumni for internships and jobs. She was chosen for the leadership role by Professor Morris Davisacademic director at the Center for Real Estate.
His interest in real estate began in high school. The summer before her senior year, she interned at Garibaldi Group, LLC as he negotiated leases on bell worksa commercial and office complex on the grounds of the former Bell Laboratories. Working with a broker, Williams underwrote to ensure the tenants could pay the rent. Last semester, a bell works developer she met during this internship was a guest speaker in one of her courses.
She interned in the human resources department of RBC Capital Markets in the summer of 2019, then completed an online retail certificate in the summer of 2020. During a seven-month internship at NJ Transit, Williams handled property management and lease renewals. . She left her post earlier this year to work for Leverage Companies as a due diligence specialist, having commercial properties appraised and inspected and reviewing contracts.
Williams said she aspires to pursue a career in the real estate industry, handling large commercial transactions. And for fun? She has “to do list” goals, like visiting the equator line in Ecuador.
SOURCE Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick