2015-2016 Guyette Leadership Fellows Program Kick-Off

Jim & Kay GuyetteRecently Guyette Professor in Responsible Business, Nancy Lam, held the 2015-2016 Leadership Fellows Kick-off meeting for seven newly selected members (6 new fellows and one returning fellow) and the devoted endowment donors, Jim and Kay Guyette. 

At the meeting the Guyettes shared their desire to change the lives of each Fellow and emphasized their belief that if you are going to make an impact you have to create a relational connection. Jim said, “We are focused on high touch, high impact, opening eyes, opening minds and making a lasting impact.” They feel that in this program, it is really up to the students to put in the effort and asked each of them what they wanted to get out of the program. Before offering his resources and connections, Jim, former CEO and President of Rolls Royce North America, said, “You’re leaders, it’s your agenda.”

Guyette Leadership Fellows are not limited to the School of Economics and Business Administration. This year’s group brings an impressive and diverse mix of backgrounds, educational disciplines, and business goals.  Fellows are given the opportunity to glean wisdom from executives at Ernst & Young, Accenture, Apple, Goodwill Industries, and other organizations. The Fellows will also be working on a “real life” project within the financial industry. 

The 2015-2016 Fellows are:

Julian Allen is currently a Social Psychology major, minoring in Business Administration and plans on pursuing graduate studies in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Rice or Penn State after he graduates in fall 2016.

Shubhi Badjatiya is a Business Administration junior with a concentration in Finance. She spent last summer interning at BlackRock and plans to pursue a financial career after graduation. Additionally Shubhi has a passion for education equality and Lasallian service. She continues to organize Saint Mary’s campus visits for middle school students from De La Salle Academy.

Alex Drake is an Economics senior and active member of the Saint Mary’s community serving as class senator, resident advisor and member of the national championship rugby team. Recently touched by the economic disparity in rural parts of China, Alex plans to travel after graduation and explore international economic systems.

Franchesca Ignacio is a General Psychology senior. This past summer Franchesca became an Assistant Instructor for Galileo Innovation Camps. She is also one of the special events coordinators for the on-campus diversity club, APASA.

Sierra Nguyen is a pre-med sophomore majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Biology and Art Theory and Criticism. After graduating in 2018 she hopes to continue her studies in the medical field to become an anesthesiologist and eventually work with Doctors without Borders. Sierra also has an interest in art curating and may plan to pursue an internship at a major metropolitan museum.  

Cody Peterson is a split-major senior studying Accounting (primary) and Politics (secondary) with a double major in Philosophy. He recently completed a financial services internship at Ernst & Young and serves on the academic honor council.  

Daniel Ripple is a split major senior studying Physics and Chemistry. After graduation he is interested in going into biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering and the business aspects of these fields. While at Saint Mary’s, he continues to hold leadership positions as President of Enactus and aquatics coordinator for the Alioto Recreation Center.