Second-year Fowler Fellows report back from their summer internships:
Alec Simon spent his summer as an intern with the Six Sigma team at KeyBank in Cleveland. He had the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects across the bank: he did data analytics, participated in and helped to facilitate a week-long Six Sigma workshop, and conducted side-by-sides with call center agents to help identify process improvement opportunities. “Key was a great place to work, and the people that I had the chance to meet were incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and genuine,” he said.
“I’m incredibly excited for what the next year has in store for us at the Fowler Center, and I’m especially enthusiastic about working with AIM2Flourish. AIM2Flourish is taking off and I’m proud to be part of the team that is helping to make that happen. It was great to meet many of our Flourish Prize winners at the Global Forum this past summer, and it was truly inspiring to see the passion that these students had to make the world a better place. I’m looking forward to continuing to build AIM2Flourish and I can’t wait for the 2018 Flourish Prizes.”
Kevin Payne interned with BrownFlynn, a leading corporate sustainability consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland. “Their collaborative and appreciative culture embraced me from my first day, and each project they assigned encouraged me to grow,” he said. He supported two materiality assessments, which engage internal and external stakeholders across the company's value chain to identify important ESG topics to manage. He also drafted content for a RobeccoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an investor-driven survey that requests rigorous social and environmental disclosure in addition to economic performance.
Kevin really resonated with the company’s work and culture. “In addition to helping clients achieve positive economic, social, and environmental impacts, BrownFlynn creates an environment for their employees to thrive–starting with Monday’s morning huddle and ending with Friday’s beer o’clock. When offered a job at the end of the summer, I eagerly accepted!”
Stephanie Hagen spent the summer as a finance intern at Tektronix, a test and measurement equipment manufacturer based in Beaverton, Oregon. Her main project involved modeling the potential revenues associated with the Video Product Line’s transition to providing software as a service (SaaS). She also worked with experts from across the organization—including Video leadership, Product Marketing, Accounting, Engineering, and Legal—in developing best practices for implementation.
“This internship gave me the opportunity to not only experience the day-to-day work of a financial analyst, but also to better understand how the different divisions of a larger company work together to create value for the end customer,” she said. Stephanie looks forward to building on her internship experience through her work with the Fowler Center. In addition to supporting AIM2Flourish, she is co-authoring a sustainability-related teaching case this fall.
Please welcome our new first-year Fowler Center Fellow!
John Turner is a 2017 graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in both Economics and Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology. While an undergraduate, he worked with the Sierra Club, where he focused on the Club’s goal of eliminating fossil fuels from United States’ electrical grid by 2030 and all sectors by 2050. He also worked to involve more students and youth in the organization. John served on the executive committee of the Club’s Ohio Chapter for three years and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Sierra Student Coalition. In 2014 he was a delegate for the Sierra Club at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru. John is interested in clean energy and finance, especially the financing of clean energy. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and getting outdoors.
John is looking forward to being a part of the Fowler Center this year: “Each of us has a responsibility not just to be personally ethical, but to build a society that facilitates such behavior everywhere. That is why I am excited to be working to make for-profit enterprise a force for the greater good.”