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William Leiner

Will Leiner

Johnson & Johnson

Sr. Financial Analyst

Personal Information

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School: Penn State University

Major: Finance

Years at College Works: 2006

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Johnson & Johnson

Title: Sr. Financial Analyst

Industry: Healthcare

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Financial support for Commercial organization.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Summitting Mt. Rainier in Washington and the work I'm doing for nonprofits.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP was an amazing start to my professional work experience. I draw on the lessons learned from my summer as a branch manager often, particularly the "hard" lessons learned. The ability to wear many hats and work with different personality types is a universal requirement for successful personal and professional life. CWP provides a solid foundation in both of these concepts. The experience challenges interns to grow up quickly and manage through various situations.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Along with collegiate athletics, CWP was by far the easiest and most useful experience to talk through during interviewing. I was able to illustrate my understanding of so many critical business concepts by drawing on my time as an intern.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Communicate clearly and often. If those you are working with or for understand what's going on you'll have a much better chance at achieving success without surprises. No one likes surprises... Oh, and find someone who you can rely on when you're not around (CWP-centric lesson learned).

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

CWP - building future business leaders through immersive entrepreneurial experience.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Don't be afraid of the challenge to run your own business. Don't be afraid that you probably aren't well-versed in painting. Believe in yourself and be prepared for a hard but rewarding experience. (By far my best intern experience...because you're not an intern, you're a small business owner).

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

CWP earlier during undergrad, target industry afterwards.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Having the highest booking rate and gross $'s booked in the first two-week period of my year. That early success made the start of the internship a whirlwind of fun and provided me with a belief that "I can do this..."

Last words of wisdom

Try not to waste a day. Whether it is CWP, a day-off, or a day spent studying. Keep the ball rolling forward, stay positive in the face of adversity, and do everything you can to enjoy yourself along the way!

William Leiner