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Allison Moore Beers

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I own and operate a full-service meeting and event planning agency. We work with clients all over the state. I am also a public speaker. I present Put Your Phone Down! all over the country. It’s a presentation about business etiquette. I say it’s a serious yet humorous look at etiquette.
What are you working on right now?
We are ALWAYS working on the next event!
Why do you love what you do?
I love that I get to work in an awesome city like Traverse City and do what I love! I’m so proud that I have built such a successful business from the ground up. I love watching the business grow each year. I feel blessed to work with such amazing clients where the work that we do makes a difference in the lives of people in Traverse City.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion provided me with an amazing foundation for the skills it takes to be an entrepreneur. It allowed me to explore my interests and find the perfect fit in the world. While at Albion I was encouraged to look into an internship to bring the knowledge that I learned in the classroom to real work experience. When I took my first summer internship in Chicago, I thought I wanted a career in public relations. I quickly realized that I enjoyed the events that we planned more than the media relations work. For my second summer internship, I looked for an event planning agency and fell in love with the industry. This experience helped narrow my career path so that when I left college I knew the exact job I wanted to find.
For me, Albion ...
... is about becoming the person you are destined to be!

Take It Further: English, Communication Studies

Sumedha Makker

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am currently pursuing my MBA degree with a double major in Marketing and Management. I am hoping to take my CPA / accounting experience and the analytical skills developed along with my passion for people and how we, as consumers, make decisions on a daily basis and transition them into a career in Marketing / Brand Management for a company in the health, wellness, fitness, and/or nutrition space.
Why do you love what you do?
I have always had a passion for school and for learning and the environment that comes with it. I am incredibly excited to be making the next move in my career in a slightly different direction than I was going in before.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion helped me to get my first internships with Ernst & Young (EY) and Dow Corning; which led me to my first full-time job at EY. While I was at EY I was able to complete my CPA and build a very wide network in the accounting/finance profession. Thanks to my networks from Albion and EY, and my experiences at both, I was able to find my previous role at Inteva Products as a Financial Analyst. All of these experiences and networks together helped me to become a confident MBA candidate as I was looking to apply to different schools. Without the the confidence that Albion helped me to develop from the start of my career, along with the strong support group through my peers, faculty, and staff I wouldn't be where I am today, at one of the best MBA programs in the country! Go Hoosiers!!
For me, Albion…
…was the best decision I have ever made! I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am so grateful for all of my experiences that I had there and all of the wonderful people that I met there!
Anything else you'd like to add?
Of course, go Brits!

Take It Further: Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute, Communication Studies

Michael Harrington

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am responsible for managing all legal issues that the company faces globally. I provide legal advice to Lilly’s leadership team and board of directors and I manage the global legal staff of the company.
Why do you love what you do?
Lilly does incredible work. We are working to discover and develop medicines to treat people with unmet medical needs such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus and arthritis. When we are successful we make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families. My job is to avoid or solve legal challenges that could make it more difficult for us to help patients.
How did Albion help you get there?
At Albion I learned to think critically and express myself clearly. I also learned the importance of listening to and collaborating with others who have diverse perspectives to accomplish shared goals.
For me, Albion ...
... is the place where I learned to take risks by exploring issues and questions that interested me without needing to know where they would lead me. In a real and meaningful way, I can trace where I am today directly back to the encouragement and mentoring I received at Albion College.

Take It Further: English, Ford Institute

Ligia Paina

In a nutshell, what do you do?
Health systems research with a focus on improving population health in low- and middle-income countries. My own research, in Uganda, aims to contribute evidence on improving access to quality healthcare services in government facilities, by focusing on optimizing health workforce management.
Why do you love what you do?
Research on health systems is exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. Working abroad, I have the privilege to learn from and collaborate with wonderful colleagues, and also to satisfy my love for travel and adventure.
How did Albion help you get there?
My Albion education gave me a taste for research through the FURSCA program and a supportive environment to grow and gain the skills I needed for the next steps in my career.
For me, Albion ...
... will always hold a special place in my heart as the place where I got an excellent education and made lifelong friends.

Take It Further: International Studies, Biology, Honors Program, FURSCA

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