Alumni Connection Leads to Global Learning Experience
Tyler Read (BSBA ’13) knew his spring semester would be a time for experiential learning. The marketing and international business major planned to study abroad at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany, beginning in March 2012, but he had part of the semester to fill before going to Munich and the motivation to do something with his business knowledge.
“My parents instilled in both my sisters and me the belief that as we are given, we should give back through service,” Read said. “I had spent the last semester as a project manager for Hilltop Consultants working on a nutrition campaign for The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. In other words, I knew that not only could this be a great opportunity to network with an alumni, it would help fulfill part of my identity as a Hoya in service to others.”
He turned to a familiar source, the Georgetown Business magazine, where he recalled a class note about Jeff Klein (BSBA ’81), who in 2011 was named CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network in Chicago. Read didn’t know the person, but he knew the place, and he banked on the knowledge that McDonough School of Business alumni are willing to mentor and encourage current students.
“When I sent Jeff my first email, it felt like reaching out to a distant family member, not a complete stranger,” Read said. “I relied on what I believed to be true about Hoyas, we help each other out. Even if my conversation with Jeff had not turned into an internship, I know that he would have helped me find another opportunity. This blind outreach to a fellow Hoya has led to a dream internship that I never expected.”
Read interned in Chicago, working as a project manager for the Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI), which was held February 27 – March 2 at the San Antonio Food Bank. The FBLI is a yearly gathering of food banks and stakeholders from over 25 countries to provide the practical knowledge and tools to build new food banks and expand the capacity of current food banks.
Read was in the center of it all, gaining global experience before leaving the country to study abroad in Germany.
[Photo caption: Tyler Read and Jeff Klein stand next to each other in the back row. Klein is wearing a striped Cub jersey as everyone wore “native” dress to the conference event.]