Business Student-Athlete Succeeds with Support of Mentor & Internships
The opportunity to play NCAA Division II basketball first led Carly Holboke to Dominican. However, it was her faculty mentor, Dr. Christopher Leeds, whose support and encouragement helped her realize and fully develop her athletic, academic, and personal strengths.
“He kept me grounded when I needed it and pushed me out of my comfort zone,” says Carly, originally from Vancouver, Washington. “I can attribute a lot of my success and future plans from his mentorship and guidance over the last four years.”
Dominican’s focus on both outstanding athletics and outstanding academics was obvious when Carly first set foot on campus as a women’s basketball recruit.
“Basketball was the original reason I became aware of Dominican, but it was a combination of both the team and the business program that ultimately solidified my decision to come here,” she recalls. “I wanted to be a part of something that just felt ‘right’ and that’s what I found at Dominican.”
The basketball team soon became Carly’s second family for the Mountain View High School product from Washington state. Dr. Leeds, a professor of business in the Barowsky School of Business, fast became a valued mentor.
“Dr. Leeds became my mentor almost immediately,” says Carly, who majored in Business Administration and minored in Leadership.
“Every internship I have had in some way relates back to a connection made through Dr. Leeds.”
Guided by Dr. Leeds’ expertise and professional connections, Carly’s first internship as a sophomore was with the athletics department administration. Dr. Leeds also led her to digital marketing internships with Craford Benefit Consultants and Dibble & Dibble, as well as a social media internship for Dominican’s marketing department.
Carly assisted in developing and implementing a social media strategy for Dominican’s College Debate 2016 voter engagement initiative. It not only helped #collegedebate16 reach 1.78 million social media users, but also earned Carly a seat in the audience at the October 2016 Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Senator Hillary Clinton. As a junior, Carly also served as the president of the Pacific West Conference’s and Dominican’s student-athlete advisory committees.
“Carly has not only achieved in the classroom and on the basketball court, she is a shining example of the BSB philosophy that internships lead to careers,” Dr. Leeds says.
“Carly completed five internships while at Dominican with her final internship turning into a full-time marketing position,” he continues. “She’s an outstanding example of Dominican student success.”
Carly’s most memorable achievement was being named Outstanding Business Student of the Year.
“It was such an honor to be recognized for all of the hard work that I have put in during my college years,” Carly says. “It hasn’t always been an easy road, but I can thank all of my professors for believing in me and leading me along the way.”
Next up for Carly is a full-time job as project manager at Dibble & Dibble, a North Bay promotional and marketing firm.
“As monumental as it is that I’m graduating college, I think of my Dominican experience as the foundational building for the rest of my life,” she says. “I will never have another four years like I did here, and all of my experiences have helped begin the rest of the years to come.”
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