Arabella Franze-Soeln

School of Business and Management: Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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Introduction of Recipient By Dean Daniel Goebel

I am proud to introduce the School of Business and Management Outstanding Graduate Student Award Recipient, Ms. Arabella Franze-Soeln. Arabella is a student in the first cohort of the School of Business and Management Master of Business Administration program and she is an outstanding representative of our first graduating class.

The School of Business and Management MBA program is designed to increase the leadership and management skills of early and mid-career professionals, especially those in small- to medium-sized enterprises, who are interested in taking on expanded roles within their organizations. In addition, the program emphasizes building effective leadership skills, strengthening student capability to analyze and develop solutions to complex problems faced by organizations, and cultivating one’s ability to make ethical decisions.

As a young professional with an impeccable academic record and a 4.0 GPA, Arabella is a prototype student for the MBA program. After finishing her undergraduate degrees in Finance, Economics, and Chinese at the University of Iowa, Arabella became an entrepreneur owning and operating her own business. She also worked in the United States, Europe, and the Far East with Dua Thermal Solutions – Miba AG as a global management trainee, trainer, and cost accountant. She currently is a lean six-sigma black belt contractor. Arabella also is fluent in German, Mandarin, and Japanese.

One of the nominations for this award described Arabella as having a deep understanding of the material, excellent analytical thinking skills, and she goes above and beyond when completing assignments and contributing to class discussion. Through her coursework and professional experiences, Arabella has proven that she has the qualities to perform at a high level and succeed in any endeavor she pursues. We wish her all the best as she goes forward from here.

Please join me in congratulating Arabella Franze-Soeln. 

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Arabella Franze-Soeln, Outstanding Graduate Student

The School of Business and Management Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary student in the graduate accounting programs. To qualify, a student must be completing their Master of Science in Accounting or Forensic Accounting in the year they receive the award. Besides proving to be an outstanding student, the individual will have displayed the technical and ethical standards of the field and will demonstrate future dedication to the accounting profession.

Acceptance Speech By Arabella Franze-Soeln

Dear Professors and Colleagues, I want you to know that I am grateful for this SUNY Brockport School of Business and Management Outstanding Achievement Graduate Award. I am very proud and honored as the first recipient of this award, because it is the first of many to come from Brockport’s MBA program; thanks primarily to Director Dr. Jack Cook, and his team. His vision and drive to successfully create an online graduate program, accessible to me from anywhere in the world, helped to catapult my reach - in addition to areas of strategy, finance, data analytics, marketing, manufacturing, and leadership. These skills take actual regard for our colleagues, community, and beloved environment. I thank all my professors for this exposure and their guidance.

Keeping moral commitment to ethical behavior in mind, I think of the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is the childhood equivalent of a saying my Austrian uncle told me this past winter: “You will get to heaven, only with your complete village.”

Life is not an individual journey; we see that today more than ever. It is a village-team-effort to be raised, educated, and believed in to carve the path for our collective future. And at the end, is the trial for how many fellow villagers you bring along to your destination.

With this, I thank my dear comrades, for without them I would not have stayed on track or succeeded the way I did. Our cohort is special — because the first ones always are! We learned to rely on each other through trying times to gain the same wealth of knowledge — all across long distances. Any one of us can and likely will team up with a classmate to build something great. I feel confident many good things will come from our Brockport MBA Class of 2020.

We are all now uniquely equipped, even ready for other certifications in lean, project management, and accounting academic disciplines. In my ambitious millennial mind, I believe our cohesive MBA cohort has a calling to create value together. We have a mission to give back utilizing the wisdom gained only with the help of our support systems. No one gets anywhere alone and I encourage us all to act more generously in regards to giving back to those who help us get to where we are, who we are today. Congratulations to us all!

About Arabella Franze-Soeln

Arabella Franze-Soeln is completing a Master of Business Administration, with a 4.0 GPA. She earned a bachelor's degree in Finance, Economics, and Chinese from the University of Iowa – Tippie College of Business. Arabella is a recent Global Graduate Program Management Trainee for an Austrian headquartered manufacturer, and has led international projects including corporate and production training – ultimately becoming Cost Accountant for a sister-plant in Rochester, NY. She was a 2017 New York INSPIRE Grant recipient to attend Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training at MCC Corporate College. Arabella is a dual-citizen, and for three years has lived and worked in China. Currently, Arabella is a Startup Consultant, and a new Pricing Analyst at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is studying for Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional exam, and pursuing Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certifications. Her mission is to create value in the world and to give back to those in international communities who have given so much to her.

Last Updated 5/26/21