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Northwood University Alumnus Gives Advice to Young Knights
Stefan Gallard and Director of Alumni Relations, Natasha Elder

Stefan Gallard and Director of Alumni Relations, Natasha Elder

March 21, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood University was honored to have alumnus Stephan Gallard, an International Business major, return to Northwood to speak to the students.  Gallard, who was born in France, shared with the students what he believes to be the secret to his success, which is living by the philosophy of “Be Interested and Be Interesting”.

He encouraged the students to push themselves into new interests, which can eventually open new doors of opportunities.  He explained that by becoming involved on campus, one can pull knowledge from many different places.  Gallard credits his current success to the foundation he learned at NU as a student.

While at Northwood, Gallard was very involved in many activities on the Texas campus, which have shaped him into the leader he is today. While at Northwood he co-founded the international business club, helped set up the speaker series and was a member of the photography club.  He even took charge of his career path at an early age while at Northwood by requesting that the NU Public Relations Director, Craig Root, hire him as a student worker.  It was from this experience that Gallard feels he honestly learned the ins and outs of the public relations industry. 

He also urged the students to not be afraid to take risks in life, ask for feedback and ask questions.  In addition, Gallard encouraged the students that if they themselves think and exude confidence, others will believe it. 

Currently Gallard is completing his MBA at Audencia Nantes School of Management in France. Prior to working toward his MBA he has worked for such companies as The Public Relations & International Sports Marketing Association, Brouillard Communications and most recently, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. 

”It was such a pleasure to have Stefan return to campus. His proven track record of success and honesty with the students was inspiring and enlightening to all in attendance,” shared Natasha Elder, Director of Alumni Relations.