With any new year, the fresh start brings resolutions and ideas for personal growth. Three members of the Nebraska Business community exemplify how College of Business students and faculty entered the new year ready to build upon their past experiences to make a difference in 2019.
Born and raised in Chennai, India, Raghav Kidambi had never experienced a rural community until he spent this past summer completing a Rural Futures Institute serviceship with the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership. The senior management major contributed to the community’s Vision 2035 project by seeking to answer how the county could create opportunities for new, current and potential residents to build meaningful relationships.
Coming from a hometown of seven million to a town of 7,000, he stepped outside of his comfort zone in a way that will not only positively impact Seward but also solidified his goals for his last semester before graduating in May.
“The serviceship gave me the opportunity to interact, collaborate and innovate with individuals who were starkly different from me and my upbringing. It pushed me to master the art of purposefully communicating and listening with intent, which happens to be in line with what I study," he said. "My fall internship at Tenneco in Seward led me to pursue another internship in human resources during my last semester where I can research ways to enhance workplace management and productivity.”
Similarly, Hunter Kelley’s summer experience continues to unfold new opportunities for the international business and management major. Last summer he studied abroad in France while interning 25-30 hours a week at Geo Sentinel, which specializes in making smart watches to track and store vitals by GPS to assist caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Geo Sentinel invited the Lincoln, Nebraska, native to help represent them at the Consumer Electronics Show held January 8-11 in Las Vegas.
“My main project during the internship was helping them prepare for this world-renowned technology show that highlights new, cutting-edge products. I also helped review FCC guidelines to assist in getting their product classified as a health care device,” he said. “Getting invited by my boss to join them at CES to do further market research is a great opportunity to use what I learned both at Nebraska and in France in a real-world setting.”
Rob Simon, associate professor of practice in marketing, is known for hands-on experiences offered to students in classes he teaches. After years of teaching a Union Pacific consulting class, he will now also stretch the strengths of 24 business majors as they work together with Ameritas on projects designed to innovate and disrupt the insurance and financial services industry. The opportunity arose after Simon talked with Brent Korte, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. who serves on the Department of Marketing advisory board, this fall.
“We will be working with an entrepreneurial hub within Ameritas as they explore new ways to connect with millennials and also how to shorten their sales funnel. They will interpret data, create solutions and sell their ideas to management. They will be challenged, but there is real value in learning from mistakes made along the way,” he said.
Nebraska Business wants to share how you are building on your experiences this year. Share your Start Something story at: https://business.unl.edu/startsomething