Meet Becky Wiswall Carmody '06
Co-owner & manager at Posh Boutique, Sioux Falls
— professional accountancy & business administration majors
Q. How did you choose Augustana?
A. I chose Augie because I knew I wanted a private, small, liberal arts school and Augie seemed like a good fit.
Life at Augie
Q. Favorite class and why?
A. This is going to sound crazy but Cost Accounting. I love seeing how much one unit of something costs to produce with both indirect and direct expenses, things like that intrigue me!
Q. Favorite professor and why?
A. Doug Nelson was my advisor, mentor and favorite professor. My first class I ever took from him, Principles of Accounting I, is the reason I chose accounting as my major. His zest for life and for his students was one of his best qualities – definitely a life taken too soon.
Q. Best Augie memory?
A. It’s so hard to narrow down just one but I think the education and friendships formed with your peers and professors at Augie are top notch.
Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana – first job, grad school, travel, etc.?
A. I did an internship my senior year at Eide Bailly, a public accounting firm, and continued on there for my first job out of college. I stayed in public accounting for a few years before going to private accounting at Hegg Companies. In the spring of 2011 I came to Posh Boutique full-time.
Q. Tell us about your career – what’s an average day like?
A. No two days are definitely the same in retail! I often work the sales floor all day while also completing financials, forecasting, inventory control, vendor relations, managing employees, etc.
Q. Greatest challenges and best rewards of your current role?
A. The greatest challenge is forecasting what sizes, colors, etc of clothing and accessories that will meet women’s needs. We always want to have a good representation so balancing that can be interesting. The best reward is helping a customer feel good about themselves in a new outfit, the smile and the confidence they display is priceless!
Q. Greatest professional accomplishment thus far?
A. I think my greatest professional accomplishment is becoming a business owner at the age of 26 and really following my passion and heart. Doing a job you are passionate about is such a fulfilling and amazing experience.
In June 2012, we were featured on elle.com as one of the top 50 boutiques in the U.S. Being recognized on a national level was definitely a "pinch me" moment.
Q. What’s next for you professionally?
A. We are considering a few expansion opportunities in various locations and forms. You will have to stay tuned!
Q. If you could offer a prospective or existing Augie student some advice, what would you say?
A. Don’t get hung up on finding your ‘dream job’ right out of college. Do your time, be patient, and things will fall in line. You never know how one job can open many other doors in different fields and other career opportunities.
Q. Tell us about your family.
A. My husband Neil and I have a two year old black lab and are the proud aunt and uncle to one niece (soon to be two nieces and one nephew in the next few months!). I love traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends, enjoying time at the lake/river and golfing in the short South Dakota summers we have.
Q. What’s given you the greatest personal satisfaction since graduating from Augie? And why?
A. The greatest personal satisfaction for me is living and working in something I am passionate about. Augie opens many doors after school, whether in your degree or not. It’s been a fun ride and I can’t wait to see what the next 40 years have in store.
Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values – Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?
A. These values are everywhere in your life after college and during. To this day I still try to put these values first and live these on a daily basis. So much inner reward and fulfillment can be achieved if you do.