Stacee Kratovil graduated from Washington State University in 2011—a daunting time to be a newly minted alumna applying for finance jobs. Fortunately, Kratovil had an ally in her mentor, Kristi Lord, who was generous with her time and expertise.
Max Prado (’18 Fin.) grew up in a family of farmworkers. At WSU, he found a supportive community for first-generation college students. Through clubs and extracurricular activities, he built friendships, took on leadership roles, and aspired to a corporate finance career at Boeing.
Keri Rhodes leads a four-member team in the marketing department at Spiceology, whose products are carried by retailers ranging from Williams Sonoma to Ace Hardware. The Spokane company sells 400 different spices and blends.
Melanie Wood has heartfelt advice for other MBA students at Washington State University. “Do the study abroad; you’ll never regret it,” says Wood. “You’ll carry the experience with you forever. It shapes who you are and how you see the world.”
For Kathryn, Kristen, and Michael Saba, three is a powerful denominator. The triplets from Brush Prairie, Washington, graduated in May from WSU Vancouver with triple majors in entrepreneurship, finance, and management, becoming third-generation Cougar alumni.
Peppermint patties helped keep Mike Seely—a third-generation grower—in business when synthetic flavorings sent mint oil prices tumbling. He credits his MBA from the WSU Carson College of Business for giving him the skills to develop the farm’s value added side.
Tim Mulligan developed a model for resilient organizations during his tenure as the chief human resource officer at the San Diego Zoo. His work inspired a bestseller. Resiliency work continues to shape the Carson College alumnus’s current career at Vulcan Inc.
Kaycee LeCong wants to help young adults avoid early, costly mistakes that can sabotage their finances for years to come. She works to promote financial literacy through her role as a Carson College of Business alumna and member of the Finance Advisory Board.
While Dakota Post may only be in his mid-20s, he’s making life better for senior living residents in one of the nation’s fastest growing industries. The 2019 WSU graduate is putting his data analytics skills to use helping Civitas Senior Living change how the world thinks about senior living. » More ...
Jody Page attended WSU on a track scholarship and spent years in other jobs before discovering an affinity for the private capital markets. Now a director of investment at Lighter Capital in Seattle, Page tells students how career detours led him to satisfying work. » More ...