Student-Alumni Stories

University of Colorado Boulder students and alumni are making news with their leadership skills and sharing their perspectives on leadership through their experiences. 

2013 Summer Experiences for Navy ROTC Midshipmen

Experiential learning opportunities are a critical part of the Navy ROTC program and required for midshipmen. Midshipmen serve on ships, submarines, or with aviation squadrons during summer training cruises. MIDN Brennan observed that some qualities of leadership are universal to all leaders noting, "To be a successful leader an officer must grow from one who manages his time well enough to succeed, to one who manages his time well enough to help everyone succeed."

Read the complete reflections of three Navy ROTC Midshipmen here

PLC Grad Genevieve Smith Wins Grant for PPiA

A team of young Boulder Rotarians, including PLC grad Genevieve Smith, were named as Seed Grant Winners, aiding their efforts to implement their innovative program, Peruvian Promise in Action (PPiA)., a national not-for-profit that helps young people change the world, announced today that the Peruvian Promise in Action team has been named as a 2013 Seed Grant Winner. This grant will help the team in their efforts to bring leadership education to 19 young Andean women who will enact sustainable development initiatives of their own to tackle pressing environmental issues in communities of the Peruvian Highlands.

“We are thrilled to be recognized and supported by Do Something as we prepare for the pilot program this March,” said member of the PPiA team Genevieve Smith, “It will help us implement our program model and build partnerships as we continue to grow.”

Read the complete story here

2012 Summer "Cruises" for Navy ROTC Midshipmen

Experiential learning opportunities are a critical part of the Navy ROTC program and required for midshipmen. Midshipmen serve on ships, submarines, or with aviation squadrons during summer training cruises. Midshipman Benedictos served on the USS George Washington reflected on her experience, "Humility was one of the most heavily emphasized leadership traits that I observed. In fact, “be humble” was the most common piece of leadership advice I received while on board the ship. Simply having the title of an officer does not automatically make one a better person."

Read the complete reflections of five Navy ROTC midshipmen

INVST Alum Builds Tiny House

INVST graduate Christopher Smith, has built a sustainable "tiny house" in order to make a smaller footprint on Earth and to be more thoughtful about conserving resources. The full story about Smith's experience as well as video links sharing his story can be found here: Alum Builds Tiny House on Big Philosophical Ground

Young Leeds Alumnus Helps Implement CSR in India and Moldova

Leadership Challenges graduate Keith Johnson, BA Finance, 2009, has an important role with NEERMAN, an NGO in India which monitors and evaluates international aid projects with specific subject matter expertise in water, environmental and hygiene issues. NEERMAN applies its expertise to the implementation of CSR activities, while Keith initiates business development as he seeks opportunities to build the brand through partnerships with local universities, capacity-building workshops and participation in conferences.

“As India becomes more of a donor country itself, there will be less development money directed here; yet at the same time, corporations are increasingly implementing CSR activities,” says Keith.

Read the complete story here

INVST Grad Cayte Bosler: EcoFlight Reflections

INVST grad, Cayte Bosler, had her article "Flying the Colorado River: Our Rapidly Disappearing Life Source" published October 31, 2012 by the online Elephant Journal. Cayte had the opportunity to deepen her partnership with EcoFlight, an organization that helps INVST students learn to be environmental stewards. In this article she shares what she has learned about water conservation in the West.

Young Alum Establishes and Runs Thriving Orphanage in Uganda

The Leeds School of Business is known for preparing student leaders for the corporate world. However, Andrea Pauline (’11 Management) has utilized her degree in the poverty-stricken world of Uganda instead. Andrea began her Leeds experience hoping to earn a degree that would help her open a coffee shop. But when she did a three-month microfinance internship in Uganda and was exposed to the atrocious conditions that many children suffered in orphanages, her goals quickly shifted from a coffee shop to making a societal difference in Uganda instead. “I had learned about microfinance in my Business Solutions for the Developing World, a CESR course at Leeds, and became fascinated with the concept of using my business skills as a solution to global poverty,” says Andrea.

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PLC Grads Make Inc.'s "30 Under 30"

Three recent PLC Alumni are among Inc.'s class of 2012 "30 Under 30," identified as America's most promising young entrepreneurs.

The PLC Alums include: (with links to their profile)

Sarah Schupp for University Parent

Daniel Epstein & Teju Ravilochan of Unreasonable Institute 

Inc. Magazine has been published for more than 30 years as a premier print publication for entrepreneurs and business owners. features the magazine's articles as well as provides useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for running and growing businesses.

Alumni Profile: Dillon Long

Dillon Long is a recent graduate of Leeds, having completed the five year concurrent BS/MS program in accounting. After graduating last month, he headed to the Big Apple where he started work at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York Metro office on the real estate tax team as an associate.

“CESR has made a major impact on my college career from the very start. If it weren’t for Donna, her hard work developing the Center, and the fact that she cares for the students more than anybody I have ever met, I would not be nearly as successful as I have up to this point.” While at Leeds, Dillon took CESR’s highly selective, top-rated Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage course. “Leadership Challenges was my favorite course because of the rigor and hands-on application of the material. It helped me build an ethical decision-making framework and also given me confidence in my presentation abilities.”

Read Dillon's complete profile here