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Payson Maydew

Payson Maydew

Emporia State University

Director of Development ; Asst. Track and Field Coach ; Adjunct Accounting Instructor

Personal Information

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School: Emporia State University

Major: Accounting, MBA, M.Ed

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Emporia State University

Title: Director of Development ; Asst. Track and Field Coach ; Adjunct Accounting Instructor

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

My role is somewhat of a hybrid at the moment. I help with connecting alumni back with university and fundraising for athletics and the business school. I also coach track and field at the college and teach accounting courses in the business school.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Becoming a father to my beautiful daughter Willow.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP has given me the ultimate experience I needed to truly differentiate myself from my competition and peers.

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

When employers looked at my resume and saw that I had experience running a successful business, while involved with school and my various activities, I was able to garner a lot of initial attention. This ability to get my foot in multiple doors and then develop many relationships was a cornerstone in giving me a wide array of options to choose from before I had decided what I had wanted to do. Upon graduation, and when I had figured out what I wanted to do, I was able to use that relationship building to secure the job I wanted. My main takeaway my employer told me is that having the experience I had, even if it wasn't accounting only, was important because it showed that I was a worthwhile investment and someone they could see move up in the company and be a leader, which is exactly what College Works helped to give me. College Works continues to impact my mindset in all functions of my career I have had by helping me keep a big picture, managerial mindset.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

One client, Liz Diers, was my tax professor at the Emporia State University where I attended. I have naturally stayed close with her to this day and now am getting an opportunity to teach her classes in the business school which is a huge honor. She was a great client, always asked how were doing and provided refreshments and snacks for everyone involved in painting her house.

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

Managing people is an art you have to continue to practice. If you want to move up in your field, this is typically a skill you have to develop.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

I have stayed in touch with quite a few of my CWP friends, one of which I got to be in his wedding! We have taken numerous trips, engaged in happy hours, and connected our families. These friendships have been just as close if not more close then some of my other friendships from various aspects of life.

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

CWP is the ultimate differentiating experience to give you an upper edge on employment in any field!


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

This experience is absolutely worth no matter the field you want to go into. This internship is not easy, and will potentially be one of the hardest things you do up to that point, but the dividends it pays through all the skill and life development is worth while.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

This question has two folds in my opinion. In accounting, you do need technical knowledge which you should be acquiring through your degree and can obtain through an accounting specific internship to give you an edge. However, getting this type of experience in this field is huge because if you want to work yourself up to be in that CFO or higher up role, you need to develop some saavy in understanding how all parts of a business work together. Knowing these things from a financial standpoint AND an operational standpoint (which is what CWP provides) gives you (and gave me) a massive step up on someone. You are always going to be retaught everything technical when you start your job. The soft skills and big picture experience from this internship will not be immediately taught.

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

I started off in tax accounting for Deloitte Tax, which I did really enjoy, but found myself back at the university. The best thing you can do in general is continue to create and build connections. I have had a few different jobs since graduation and none of them I had to apply for. I just talked with the people I had built relationships with prior who happened to be leading the institutions and was able to secure a job. Having the business savvy from College Works was a great jumpstart as well!

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

The trip to Canada and Cancun were a ton of fun. Getting to wakeboard, paintball, and other fun activities all summer on Payroll Fridays really helped create a great environment.

Last words of wisdom

Be intentional blocking your time in each activity you do because it is truly possible to be successful at many different things at once. This skill helps you to accomplish so much more in a shorter time frame then some accomplish in many years. Never be afraid to reach out and network to learn from others. A big part of life can be just as much about WHO you know versus WHAT you know.