JFS Recipient 1997-1999
"The key is to find your interests, do research, call people, find out the challenges they face with their jobs, understand what you like, then go after what you want and follow your dream."
Hard Work and Diligence
Christine Morgner graduated Cum Laude in '98 from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management. She enjoyed her studies at Johnson and Wales and was an active member of the ski club. After graduation, Christine started in the hospitality industry then quickly moved into the meeting planning industry, organizing events for McKinsey and Company and then transitioned to an outside meeting planning firm, focused on the Cisco Systems account. Her hard work and diligence paid off and her career reached a new level when they offered her a full-time position on their marketing team. She started as Cisco Systems Field Marketing Manager and was promoted in 2004 to her position as Channel Field Marketing Manager of the Commercial East Area at Cisco systems.
Christine is excellent at what she does and continues to exhibit the attributes that earned her a Jefferies Family Scholarship. In June 2005, she was honored with a Cisco Achievement Award from her Area Vice President and in August 2005 she was given the Cisco Marketing Excellence Award from the Vice President of Marketing. She thoroughly enjoys her job, including the frequent business travel required as part of her position. In the future she sees herself growing within marketing at Cisco Systems, hoping to reach the director level in the technology industry.
She also likes to read, go to the movies, visit with family and friends and has a passion for travel.
A Family Scholarship
Christine's sister, Laurie, is also a former recipient of the Jefferies Scholarship, who completed her master's degree in Elementary Education. Christine describes her sister as an exceptional woman and a wonderful teacher committed to educating our youth. "There is not a day that goes by that she doesn't give her all. I wish all teachers were like Laurie," she says.
Christine's father Robert Boguslawski, was Vice President of Floor Operations in New York City, who worked at Jefferies for over twelve years. "He was a proud member of Jefferies, enjoying his colleagues, Jefferies benefits, and his job," Christine comments.
Christine feels very fortunate and credits Jefferies Family Scholarship with many of the opportunities that she's been given. She wishes more companies had similar scholarship programs. "Paying for a child's education is many parents' biggest concern, and Jefferies is unique in assisting its employees and their children in this regard."