We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Brodmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, how do you think about risk?
I have often taken risks in my different career directions, making conscious decisions that I felt passionate about. Once my mind is set, obstacles will not deter me from achieving my goal. This has led me to pursue entrepreneurship, an MBA, as well as a Masters and PhD in Financial Economics. Through these experiences, I have gained new and unique perspectives, which I apply in my work. Now I am an Assistant Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, Faculty Researcher for the South Bay Economics Institute, and Co-Director of the THRIVE Mentorship Program where my passion for education, mentorship, and research drives me. I tell my students that your experiences in life shape you and bring your unique perspectives in everything that you do. Each risk I have taken has shaped me into who I am today and I am grateful for the opportunity to share that knowledge with my students.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Assistant Professor and teach courses in Business Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Personal Finance. I research topics in Corporate and Entrepreneurial finance, focusing on corporate governance and access to capital.
I have published 12 academic research papers, two book chapters, and have presented my research at over 25 research conferences. Time management, diligence, and perseverance have all helped me achieve my goals. In addition, I work on multiple projects, which include serving as a researcher for the South Bay Economic Forecast where I study entrepreneurship in South Bay Los Angeles. I also serve as Co-director the THRIVE Mentorship Program which provides mentors to CSUDH College of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP) students as well as co-directing the THRIVE Speaker series where business leaders share their industry experience and insight with CBAPP students to assist them in navigating college and achieving their career goals. I also serve as a research mentor to CSUDH students, who have studied topics covering financial literacy, women and minority entrepreneurship, and salary negotiation.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am still new to the Los Angeles area, but I would say my recommended destinations are the Getty Museum; the Belmont Shore Car Show in Long Beach; Grand Central Market and the Broad Museum in Downtown LA; sandwiches at Busy Bee in San Pedro; South Coast Botanical Garden; working out at Iconix Fitness in Long Beach; brunch at Claire’s at the Long Beach Museum of Art; breakfast at the Nest in Bellfower; coffee at Teofilo in Los Alamitos; Ken’s Ice Cream Parlor, Darrow’s New Orleans Grill, and Bibingka at V Tropical Bake Shop in Carson; Rosie’s Dog Beach, Humblehouse Coffee, Romeo Chocolates, Joliza’s Tacos, and Cambodian Beef Stew at Wok & Pho in Long Beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout to my family and friends for all of their support. To my research mentor Dr. M. Kabir Hassan who has always been their for me for guidance and support. To my colleagues and students at CSUDH, who reinforce the joy I love in teaching, research, and service. To my classmates and faculty in the UNO PhD program, who have guided in me in my journey into becoming an educator and researcher. To the members of the Wrigley Long Beach community, who have made me feel so at home in the community that I Iove.
Other: ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5026-1215 ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer-Brodmann