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Caroline Dobbins

In a nutshell, what do you do?
Working for a small but mighty nonprofit means I do lots of different things, from communicating with our fellows to coordinating events as well as assisting with our fellow recruitment efforts and our online media presence. In a nutshell, we truly are a team of three that work together to accomplish a lot each and every day.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am thinking creatively about how to better our recruitment efforts as we look for our fifth class of Challenge Detroit fellows to start in September of 2016. This is an exciting time of year for us and we always look forward to meeting the next group of talented individuals eager to be a part of what is happening in Detroit.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do for a lot of reasons. First, I love working for Challenge Detroit because it truly is what started my career in the city of Detroit. I was a fellow in our inaugural class immediately following my graduation from Albion. The opportunity to give back to an organization that gave me my start is amazing. Also, I truly love the mission of Challenge Detroit. Cultivating talent to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit is an exciting thing to be doing. Our fellows are making an incremental impact in the city each day, and at this time in the city’s history we are all rallying together to create the next Detroit.
How did Albion help you get there?
More and more I realize that Albion truly taught me to think, analyze, listen and understand. Being able to listen to and understand an individual’s story is vital to the success of the work that Challenge Detroit is doing with nonprofits in Detroit, and my liberal arts education has been a vital part of my growth and success so far.
For me, Albion ...
... was home. A place to make mistakes, learn, explore new ideas and discover what intrigues me. It served as a stepping stone to what my life and career are now, almost four years later, and continues to be a source of inspiration, connection and education for me moving forward.

Take It Further: Caroline picked for Challenge Detroit, Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute, Communication Studies

Ethan Brock

In a nutshell, what do you do?
As a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in cancer biology, my project focuses on two important aspects in the field of breast oncology: the uncertainty regarding which lesions of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will progress and become invasive, and the need for additional therapeutics to effectively treat triple-negative disease. DCIS is a non-invasive condition in which abnormal cells proliferate and eventually fill the mammary duct. Given the right circumstances—though it is unclear what they definitively are—these cells can escape this confined area by invading into the surrounding tissue. Once that has occurred the lesion is classified as invasive breast cancer, and patient prognosis becomes much less favorable. There are multiple subtypes of invasive breast cancer, but treatment options are the most limited for lesions classified as triple-negative. These highly aggressive cancers lack the conventional markers for targeted agents, leaving chemotherapy as the primary means of drug treatment for patients.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on expression studies to aid in defining the usefulness of a particular protein for screening applications. If levels of this protein relate to important changes in DCIS lesions, it may be useful in determining whether a patient needs to receive more—or less—aggressive treatment.
Why do you love what you do?
I have always enjoyed solving puzzles as long as doing so fulfills a greater purpose. In many ways research is akin to puzzle solving, and cancer research ... well, that’s like trying to solve a puzzle that actively attempts to undo the progress you’ve made. While it can admittedly be frustrating at times, research is a necessary component of medical advancement, and knowing that your work may one day be able to make people’s lives easier is extremely gratifying.
How did Albion help you get there?
Without the top-notch education I received at Albion, especially from the Biology Department, I would not be where I am today. It’s as simple as that. My professors invested so much into my development, not only as a scientist but as a person. I can only hope to pay them back one day by paying it forward.
For me, Albion...
...is a catalyst for potential. It’s a place where friendships are forged, memories are made, and many late study nights include a trip to the Eat Shop. Most of all, it’s a place I call home.

Take It Further: Brock's Albion internship, Biology, Neuroscience, Honors Program

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

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