Career Center Holds Alumni Event With Stephanie Hayman Speaking About Her New Book
By Fanni Frankl
The Stony Brook Career Center held a virtual event on Sept. 22, “Surviving My First Decade in Corporate America”: An Interview with Alumni Author Stephanie Hayman, in which Hayman spoke about her recently published book reflecting on her experiences in corporate America.
The event featured Hayman, a previous intern for the Stony Brook Career Center who was mentored then by Director of Employer Engagement and Diversity Recruitment, Kimberly Dixon, who still works there today. She answered questions regarding her new book, giving advice to her audience of young adults interested in the business field and being a woman in a corporate environment. Hayman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Stony Brook University (SBU) in 2012 and then went on to finish her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at SBU in 2018.
Hayman discussed her experience in a corporate setting filled with the “all boys club,” a term she used to describe the all male atmosphere that could seem daunting to females looking to pursue a career in the business field. She additionally highlighted the unexpected loneliness that came with being one of the youngest in the environment.
“Being the new kid on the block was tough from a social perspective,” Hayman said. “I was really excited to be at a big company, I wanted to work corporate. I thought I was going to walk the walk and talk the talk and yet I was the young girl sitting by myself in the cafeteria playing on my phone for an hour.”
She also detailed her experiences in asking for raises and promotions in a time when she believed that her hard work and dedication would be enough justification. Hayman came up with the steps: time, ask, justification, confidence ( T.A.J.C.) in her book to aid young professionals in their goals to have their work recognized.
“ No one is going to go up to you and say ‘hey, you’re doing a good job, I’m going to give you a $10,000 raise’,” she said. “None of that happens. At the end of the day, you really need to learn how to be your own best advocate and have a voice and stand up for yourself.”
Hayman advised young professionals who may experience stereotypes in the workplace to “break the stigma” and show that they have more to offer outside of the negative perceptions and preconceived notions that might be thrust upon them. She emphasized her belief that everyone brings different things to the table, listing examples that men may be more direct and confident in their assignments while women in general, may be more compassionate which all play a role when working together.
She concluded the event by detailing how the Stony Brook Career Center aided in her professional development and how it gave her the leverage she needed to make a career for herself.
“I felt very prepared,” Hayman said. “Between the College of Business and the Career
Center, I felt like the transition for me was smooth. I think a lot of that was due
to the coaching and the preparation.”