Meet Our Summer Interns from George Washington University and Miami University

May 28th, 2019

We’re pumped to bring our summer Innovation and Growth Strategy Interns on board. Throughout the summer, they’ll conduct consumer research, jump into strategy planning for client engagements, and support the organization of seamless client experiences. We’re excited to learn from them over the next few months!

Cagla Akcadag

School: George Washington University

Majors: Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Minor in Psychology

Chipotle Order: White Rice, Veggies, Steak, Mild Salsa, Corn, Cheese

Fav LaCroix flavor: Probably Lime, but I have not tried them all yet.

 

What’s your current side hustle?

I do video editing, basic graphic design, market, and book shows for a music group based in Cincinnati.

I also work with a start-up called Last Call based in D.C. Their mission is to reduce food waste and food insecurity by partnering with restaurants in the area and repurposing the food that they would usually waste at the end of the day.

What’s something you’ve learned in school that you think everyone should know?

One of the coolest things I learned this year is what a Designated Survivor was.

Designated Survivor: A person who is a member of the U.S. Cabinet is chosen to be hidden in a secure, secret location during State of the Union addresses and Presidential Inaugurations. This is done to ensure the continuity of the government in the case of a catastrophic event.

What industry trends have you been watching? What interests you about them?

I’ve been interested in how technology is shaping how we travel. Self-scanners for passports at airports, scanners to speed up the customs process, etc. I am fascinated by this because it makes me curious to see how technology will have an effect on air safety.

 

Leah Ball

School: Miami University

Majors: Theatre, Arts Management; Minor in Entrepreneurship

Chipotle Order: Burrito with white rice, pinto beans, chicken, sour cream and extra cheese

Fav LaCroix flavor: Not sure yet. Open to suggestions!

 

What’s your current side hustle?

I am the president and founder of the Delight Ministries chapter on Miami University’s campus. I am also working for a birthday entertainment company this summer, dressing up as Disney-inspired princesses and attending children’s birthday parties to interact with the kids and do sing-alongs.

What’s something you’ve learned in school that you think everyone should know?

Mozart composed his first symphony at the age of 6 but didn’t compose his first great symphony until the age of 21. That’s 15 years of work on his craft before becoming one of the greats!

What industry trends have you been watching? What interests you about them?

I recently learning about a company called Biofase that’s making biodegradable silverware and straws out of avocado pits. Avocados are one of my favorite foods and I love the sustainability aspect of this innovation.

 

Olivia Hajjar

School: Miami University

Major: Kinesiology; Minor in Entrepreneurship

Chipotle Order: Burrito bowl with white rice, black beans, chicken, pico, a little bit of cheese, and a little bit of lettuce.

Fav LaCroix flavor: Cran-Raspberry

 

What’s your current side hustle?

I create custom-made workout guides for women! I decided to spend time creating a fitness brand for myself after being approached about my workouts on many occasions. I began by posting videos of myself working out on an instagram. Then, people actually wanted workout guides of their own so I began creating affordable and versatile fitness guides tailored to the individual’s fitness goals. These guides include tips and tricks to maximizing workouts and proper ways to recover based on my education as a Kinesiology major.

I also love fashion photography (and all other kinds of photography). I shoot for Miami University’s student-run fashion magazine (UP Magazine). I have been exposed to different decades and styles of fashion and have fine-tuned my photography skills through the issues that my work is published in.

What’s something you’ve learned in school that you think everyone should know?

I learned that free weights at the gym contain 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, so be sure to wash up immediately after working out

What industry trends have you been watching? What interests you about them?

I have been watching trends in the luxury fashion industry, specifically with streetwear/footwear. This interests me because fashion is such a unique expression of personality and combining personal style with innovation fascinates me.

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