Alumni Voices – Summer 2010

Jason Hershey ’05

I started the Seattle Rum Cake Company last December selling baked‐to‐order rum cakes over the Internet. If you would like to order a rum cake, please enter “SVMP” in the comments field [of your purchase] and we will donate $5 for each item purchased to support scholarships for minority business students. Visit us at www.seattlerumcakecom.


Emem Adjah ’08

I am English Teaching Assistant to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. I collaborate with professors within and outside of the classroom to provide help for students regarding their English proficiency. Most of the courses that I am affiliated with focus on diversity and inclusion in Hong Kong schools. I teach French for Beginners through the Center of Language Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. I also volunteer for the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong under their Cultural Outreach Program where I tour schools around Hong Kong providing lectures relating to global affairs, U.S. anthropology, and any other current events. Hope to pursue job opportunities in consulting while pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors.


Gaston Blanchet ’08

I am a part of a national team enlisted to lead and grow Language World USA, a language school in San Diego, CA. He serves as Business Development Manager (contract acquisition and management, development of international agent partnerships, and oversee sales). In the first months, the new team expanded services and revamped the pedagogical system, expanding instruction from French, German, and Italian to all languages and developing a diverse set of programs. Recently, Gaston and his team gained significant momentum when they obtained a large federal subcontract to teach critical languages to the U.S. Special Forces at military facilities throughout the world.  Language World USA is quickly becoming known, both on the local and international language education stages, for its quality of service, industry experience, and exceptional value. “We’re very fortunate it’s been going well, and it’s been a huge learning experience for me,” said Gaston. “As a recent graduate of Entrepreneurship and International Business, I’ve had incredible opportunities to apply concepts I’ve learned to a project that significantly affects my family, our team, and me.”

Kati Karottki ’08

Kati is an Account Executive at Octagon Worldwide, where she consults for AB InBev Global Sports and Entertainment with current work focused on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Prior to that, she served on the Chicago 2016 Bid Committee until Rio de Janeiro, Brazil won the bid for the 2016 Olympics.


Ogechi Ajaegbu ’09

My SVMP experience really changed the trajectory of my life. It exposed me to a wealth of knowledge and built my interpersonal skills. Following SVMP 2009, I interviewed with firms such as Deloitte, Ernst and Young and Goldman Sachs after which I received a full time job offer with Deloitte as an Audit Associate. During the interviews, my SVMP experience stirred up a good conversation. I’m so grateful to have been a part of the SVMP class of 2009!


India Clark ’09

India Clark graduated from Howard University with a degree in Accounting. Starting in July 2010, she will be working for Deloitte Consulting LLP in Arlington, VA. India was recently honored by the National Minority AIDS Council as a “Future Leader in HIV/AID Advocacy” for her tireless efforts in promoting HIV awareness on campus.


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