For Kembia Munsanje, a little research led to a world of opportunity at California University.
“I researched Dr. Joe Heim on Cal U’s website and said, ‘This is the university for me, and this is the professor I want to study under,’” Munsanje said, citing the history and political science professor’s experience in international finance.
One of Munsanje’s other important decisions came when he visited Cal U Career Services. There he met with an adviser who arranged a job-shadowing opportunity with law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, in Philadelphia.
“This experience reaffirmed my notion of what it takes to be a top-flight attorney,” Munsanje says. “I was able to see that I had a keen interest in the business and finance department, and it made me think to pursue a career in investment banking.”
His plans include completing his undergraduate studies in political science and economics, then earning an MBA and a juris doctor.
For now, Munsanje is honing his leadership skills in his new role as the student member of Cal U’s Council of Trustees, and as president and CEO of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. He also is active in the nonprofit Student Association Inc.
As a strategy consultant at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and Student Incubator on campus, he helps students develop business strategies for new brands or products.
Munsanje is a native of Macha, Zambia, whose family moved to the United States when his father earned a scholarship to attend a doctoral program at the University of Maryland. He credits his parents for his desire to succeed.
“Through the determination of my parents, I have learned that if I am willing to work hard enough, any goal is achievable. I have seen firsthand how education can transform a person’s life, especially when combined with hard work, discipline and hope.
“I believe these are personal attributes, which I derived from my Zambian culture and heritage.”