Interview with Clare Frissora, '87 Finance
How has being a Penn State and Smeal alum benefited your career?
It broadened my perspective to a diversity of opportunities, courses, people, and activities. I also studied abroad and learned a wealth of things from being on my own in different countries and cultures.
How did your career at GE transition from financial positions into marketing and supply chain positions?
I graduated with a finance degree from Penn State and immediately entered GE’s Financial Management Program. After years of finance-related positions, my interest grew in what makes the company tick and how it interacts with the marketplace.. Conversations with my management team led me into supply chain. It was very energizing to be closer to the customer and helping ensure that everything was ‘just right’ for them. In addition, I loved the fun and fast-paced environment of this department. During my time in supply chain I got to know many people throughout our business and was asked to join their Product Management team. These roles offered an opportunity to directly affect how to deliver value to the customer and help the company grow.
What did you enjoy most about working for such a prestigious company like GE?
Diversity – in every facet you can imagine. The ability to be exposed to so many different experiences which directly illustrated how a business should operate was incredible. In GE I found a company dedicated to training and helping their employees truly reach their potential in the business world. The opportunities available for me throughout the company were widespread; I was able to be immersed in different functional areas and learn the fundamentals of operating a successful business. Additional benefits were working across various industries, with a vast range of customers, global travel and the opportunity to live in many different countries.
What has been the most rewarding part of starting your own company, Business Forward Strategies?
The most rewarding part has been to apply what I love to do with a wide range of businesses that need my support. I wake up every day passionate about what I do. It is exciting to help effect change and generate value for their businesses.
What advice would you give to others who have entrepreneurial aspirations?
In order to have a successful business, it is enormously helpful to learn a least a little about each aspect of the business process, both internal and external areas.
Biking, going to movies, photography, traveling, and gardening
Favorite Berkey Creamery Flavor?
Peanut Butter Fudge Cluster
I don’t necessarily have one specific role model. Instead, I try to emulate different people that are great at their specific niches and try to model my actions and myself after them.
Favorite Restaurant in State College?
The Corner Room