Success Story - Jason T. Nichols
January 19, 2012
Read about Jason T. Nichols, a 2011 TLF scholarship winner who is pursuing his degree from NYU's Stern School of Business for his MBA:
I recently accepted a 12-week brand management summer internship with Johnson & Johnson in their Consumer Products Division in Skillman, NJ. I had offers from some great companies, but with so many of the best consumer brands on the market and a renowned training program, J&J was at the top of my list. It is a great fit and I am extremely excited to get started.
Thank you for all of the support that you have given me this past year. From the financial support, to the career development training, to the close mentoring relationship that I have been able to develop, it has all made a huge impact on my life and career progression. I am extremely grateful to The LAGRANT Foundation and your individual efforts.
- Jason Nichols, 2011 Graduate Scholarship Recipient
Alumni Spotlight – Brandi Boatner
May 23, 2011
As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, my family lost everything in the wake of the storm. Shortly after the storm, I finished my undergraduate education in northwestern Germany at the University of Dortmund, which was an experience that completely changed my life. Upon completing my B.A in Public Relations from Dortmund, I decided to continue my education and pursue my Masters degree in Communications at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, Hawaii. My graduate education took place in one of the most beautiful places in the world but also one of the most expensive.
Without the help and support from the LAGRANT Foundation, I would never have been able to finish my graduate education and launch my career in public relations. During the summer of 2008 at the LAGRANT Foundation’s 10th anniversary reception in Los Angeles, I had no idea how the organization would allow me the opportunity to become the young professional I am today.
Working at the world’s largest information technology company (Fortune #18) in New York is a dream come true. Currently, I am a communications professional in Global Business Services at IBM. IBM has more than 400,000 employees in over 170 countries that deliver the IBM brand experience daily to audiences both internal and external.
My role and responsibilities includes working with IBM’s external audiences such as journalists, influencers, stakeholders, and brand advocates; executing social business strategies for IBM C-suite series of studies and white papers, promoting and supporting the IBM Institute for Business Value and thought leadership and generating awareness of the field of analytics. The IBM work environment is truly inspiring as, I am surrounded by the best and most brilliant people in technology and communications.
Through the professional development sessions and the Foundation reception, I met and networked with dozens of professionals I kept in contact with which not only helped prepare me for my career but also ultimately led me to my current employer. The LAGRANT Foundation truly invests in the future of marketing and communications in identifying bright talent for the last 13 years. I am forever grateful for the opportunities the Foundation has provided me and proudly serve as an advocate and living proof of the organization's efforts.
Global Business Services
TLF Placed an Intern at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide – Read Olivia’s Story!
November 18, 2010
I recently started an internship at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Overall, I’ve been adapting quickly to the company culture and have been learning a lot through my different rotations with the Broadcast team, Creativity team, and Corp team. I’ve been meeting several people at the firm who have been helpful in my growth and I especially enjoy the team building activities and learning opportunities that are provided. Our team participated at a team building offsite last week and learned the Pinch Theory, AID Model, and focused on each of our insights. We each took a short personality-like test to find our insights, which offers a framework for self-discovery and development for effective strategies to better respond to the demands of the environment. This was helpful because we learned about working with different personalities and how to complement our working style with others. Also, I have had the privilege of attending training classes on presentations, Excel, PowerPoint, and PR knowledge shares.
Over the past three weeks, I’ve been working along with the Corp team. I was involved with compiling briefing docs, populating press releases, and refining media lists. During the Creativity rotation, I took notes at an Ideation Session and learned about the process in which ideas are formed and stretched. After my experience at the Ideation Session, I learned how to build a card deck that reflects the different exercises that were used to create an idea, such as journey maps. I learned about using tools to compile influencer biographies and logging clips. On the day of the Windows Phone 7 launch, I did call-downs, and contacted several influencers in the Central and Mountain Time zones.
I am really enjoying the internship experience and find it extremely valuable for my career path in the future. And I am thankful for TLF’s interest in my progress!
University of Washington
Michael G. Foster School of Business
Marketing | Certificate of International Business
Fall 2010 Intern, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide