International Business Alumna, BNY Mellon Analyst Discusses Importance of Giving Back
Monday, September 30, 2013
Meet Melisa Chipangila Campbell
Job title: Analyst
Employer: Bank of New York Mellon
Degrees earned: Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and an M.B.A. with a concentration in International Business, Point Park University
Graduated: 2009 and 2011
College activities: President of International Students Club, President of Graduate Student Association and Graduate Assistant for the School of Business
Hometown: Chingola, Zambia
High School: Mater Spei High School in Francistown, Botswana
Now living in: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hobbies/interests: Collecting art and serving as a volunteer and women’s professional development committee member for Dress for Success Pittsburgh
What factors made you choose Point Park for both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees?
I originally came to Point Park University on a scholarship for civil engineering technology but developed a zesty interest for economics. Also, I had been fortunate to have a cousin who attended Point Park and highly recommended it. Overall, I chose Point Park because of the small class size and its location in Downtown Pittsburgh. I didn’t want to be out in a rural area that's a far distance from the city. Point Park allowed me to really get to know Pittsburgh as a city and I loved that.
How did you land your position with Bank of New York Mellon?
Before landing my position at Bank of New York Mellon, I worked for Morgan Stanley in wealth management. Morgan Stanley was a wonderful place to work. But I wanted to work for an institution that allowed me to navigate and learn a multitude of aspects about finance on a global scale. I networked with a relationship manager from Bank of New York Mellon who gave a lauding presentation on the company. I had an epiphany and discovered that I wanted to pursue a profession that would allow me to use my international business background.
What were some of your favorite experiences as a student at Point Park?
I enjoyed multiple activities Point Park offered for international students. Also, since I was in the M.B.A. program at the height of the recession, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about global business and how interconnected financial institutions are.
What role has Point Park played in helping you with your career?
After graduation, the Career Development Center assisted me in my employment search. Also, I’ve maintained personal relationships with some of my professors. I occasionally come back to Point Park to seek their professional advice. We talk about trends in international business and other global matters. This is what I value about Point Park. I am not just a number to the professors, my opinion matters.
What are your professional goals?
I intend to be an executive. I’m determined to reach that goal. For me, it’s not just about the monetary benefits but also about corporate social responsibility. I want to be the type of executive who gives back to society. That’s why I volunteer for Dress for Success. I’m more than happy to help professional women get where they want to be.