Gymnastics' Winstanley Learning at Internship Under GW Rowing Alum

July 11, 2017

A huge part of training and practicing gymnastics lies in repetition and routine. With that in mind, it is no surprise to learn that GW gymnast and rising senior Jillian Winstanley returned to a familiar place for her summer internship.

For the second straight year she is interning at Stanley Healthcare, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"This is my second summer interning here in a similar role," said Winstanley. "My title is Business Transformation Intern, and I work on a lot of different things that help make the business more efficient, which in turn positions the company for continued success and growth. I do a lot of data analysis and market research to analyze the current business, and look to potential future areas where we can expand to become even more profitable."

A big draw of returning to Stanley Healthcare for another summer was the opportunity to work with a GW Athletics alum - former men's rowing oarsman Marty Guay '86, '88M.

Although the relationship was not forged through the Athletic Department's Mentorship Program, the opportunity to work closely once again with someone who knows what it is like to be a student-athlete at GW was too good for Winstanley to pass up.

"I report directly to Marty and he is an amazing leader and an incredible mentor for me," said Winstanley. "The connections I have and continue to make throughout the company are invaluable and my experience is a great example of GW Athletics alumni helping out current student-athletes. It is clear to see how the values we share at GW and throughout the Athletics Department today translate into the real world, for years after you graduate. It truly is an exciting opportunity that I am honored to be a part of."

Working every day with Marty is just one aspect of why returning to Stanley Healthcare was appealing to Winstanley. She is gaining valuable experience in all facets of a major corporation but also is getting a more streamlined look this summer at a facet that really interests her.



"There were a lot of advantages returning to Stanley Healthcare for a second summer this year," explained Winstanley. " I already knew the people in my office, and since this is the headquarters office for Healthcare, I have made some invaluable connections with the executives of the company and have gotten to know all different areas of the business, including mergers and acquisitions, business development and finance. I will have an even greater focus on Finance, which is my major. This summer I am working with the new Chief Financial Officer, which is exciting because I am looking forward to seeing firsthand how the finance department in a major corporation functions. I think it will definitely give me a better idea of what areas of Finance are most interesting to me."

With just one more year of undergraduate work left, and one more season competing for the defending East Atlantic Gymnastics League Champions, Winstanley does have occasional thoughts on what would be next after she graduates in May 2018.

"I am not entirely sure what I would like to do after graduation and where I would like to be in five or ten years down the line," said Winstanley. "However I can see how a big company like Stanley is and how many opportunities there are to grow here. Stanley offers a two-year Leadership Development Program to recent graduates, which is something I have been looking into. I am also a part of the Boston Chapter of the Stanley Black and Decker Women's Network for the summer. It is incredible to be a part of such a passionate group of women and to see how engaged and involved even the most senior leaders of Stanley Black and Decker are in empowering women to pursue career advancement and leadership positions throughout the company."

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