Success Stories

Success Story - Nicholas Jackson

July 10, 2015

Nicholas Jackson (above, left) took the next step in his career this month with Starbucks Coffee Company as he began his summer internship with the Global Corporate Communications team. Jackson, a 2015 alumnus of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business marketing program, will be spending the summer at the company's Seattle office working closely with the team. Aside from the work, he has enjoyed the perks of spending a day at the company's roasting plant in Kent, Wash. and touring the global coffee tasting room with Jim Olson, vice president of global corporate communications and China and Asia Pacific Public Affairs and TLF board member (above, right). We wish Nicholas much success as he continues his internship this summer!

Success Story - TLF alumna Bejamin Ladrillono

August 27, 2014

Read about Benjamin Ladrillono, a two-time scholarship recipient who received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations at the University of Alabama. Ben is a former intern at Waggener Edstrom Communications in Bellevue, WA:

I wanted to give an update on my summer. This is the last week of my internship at Waggener Edstrom, and I have to say, TLF helped me quite a bit. The internship was a fantastic experience, and I have enjoyed working with WE.

I have accepted a full-time position as an Account Coordinator with Waggener Edstrom in Seattle. I will officially start working for the agency on Friday. I am quite excited about this opportunity, and I just wanted to keep you in the loop. And I also wanted to thank you for your support all of these years.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I am truly a proud alumni of The LAGRANT Foundation and would love to help in any way possible. Receiving the scholarship was truly a life changing event.

- Ben Ladrillono, TLF alumna

Success Story - TLF alumna David Perez

May 7, 2014

Read about David Perez, a two-time TLF scholarship recipient who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business & Marketing and Portuguese from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

I just wanted to check-in and share some wonderful news with you all. I received a Fulbright (Business Binational) Scholarship to work in Mexico City beginning this Fall. I was also accepted to Harvard Business School for an MBA that will begin in either 2016 or 2017 via the 2+2 program!

I wanted to thank you, because without your support and guidance I wouldn't be where I'm at today. The LAGRANT Foundation was instrumental in allowing me to pursue unique opportunities in my undergrad, and they simply would not have been possible without the financial help. Even more than the financial resources, was the guidance that I received (from a freshmen in NYC in 2010 to a Senior in Seattle in 2013).

I'm sure we will all stay on contact. I just wanted to thank you all for being a part of this recent blessing.

- David Perez, TLF alumna

Success Story - TLF alumna 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.

Brandi Boatner
Communications Professional
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!

Olivia Hsu
University of Washington
Michael G. Foster School of Business
Marketing | Certificate of International Business
Fall 2010 Intern, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide