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Owen Williams '14

Owen is a prime example of how Gordon encourages students to use their education and creative energy to address real-world challenges. A chemistry major who is also pursuing minors in business administration and in mathematics, Owen was selected for Raytheon Corporation’s competitive internship program for two consecutive summers. He interned in IT service management. Owen shared, “Interestingly, I didn’t have computer or IT experience, but when asked if I had experience problem solving, I gave examples from my research in chemistry. Raytheon put me to work reviewing thousands of rows of data to identify technical issues for employees and to propose improvements.”

He returned to campus in the fall with a sharpened analytical skill set, and took a part-time job as a project analyst for Gordon’s Development Office. Soon, he was selected to participate in a unique leadership training program modeled on the White House Fellows program, called the Gordon Presidential Fellows Program. As a fellow, Owen worked directly with an officer of the college’s leadership Cabinet, learning firsthand the process of leading a major institution. Owen finds other ways to foster innovation as well. “I’m really interested in entrepreneurship," he said, “so I work with fellow students through Gordon’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to help them develop ventures that will contribute toward the common good.”

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