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Insurance giant Progressive pledges 12 mentors to Business Analytics program

Posted 7.24.2018

Insurance giant Progressive pledges 12 mentors to Business Analytics program

Weatherhead’s MSM-Business Analytics program has introduced a unique Industry Mentorship initiative that pairs each of its students with professionals working in the field of analytics. This coming year, students will get the chance to work with 12 mentors from insurance giant Progressive as the result of the enthusiasm of Sravanthi Vallampati, Lead Systems Analyst and a liaison between the program and Progressive.

Vallampati, who has a penchant for teaching and coaching, was a mentor in the program last year. By sharing her experience with her colleagues, she was able to recruit new industry experts to the program.

“They saw my excitement and energy on one side and on the other side they saw true value,” says Vallampati.  “The mentors see the value in being conduits between what’s being offered in schools and what we’re doing in the industry. I think it only behooves all of us to invest in the future of analytics.”  

Progressive has a history of giving back, through both contributions and through coaching and mentorship.  In 1999, Peter B. Lewis, then Chairman of Progressive Insurance, donated $36.9 million to the Weatherhead School for the Frank Gehry-designed building that bears his name.  This year, the company matched $4.6 million of charitable donations from employees by 100%, which benefited 3800 different charities. Vallampati in part credits Progressive’s giving culture for the success of this partnership. Not only are employees given time to coach our students, but the company also invites students into the office to see a day in the life of an analytics professional.

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