LEAD Forward Fellows

Mindy Sagez

Professor Mindy Sagez, LEAD Forward program director

Mindy served as a driving force in Starbucks’s 2008 Reinvention of Brewed Coffee Initiative. She strategized, organized, and led multiple cross-functional teams totaling nearly 120 Starbucks partners in the creation and successful launch of Pike Place Roast. CEO Howard Schultz publicly recognized her efforts in a press release in 2008, and in March 2015 Fast Company directly attributed the launch of Pike Place Roast as a key driver in Starbucks turnaround, the 5th biggest business turnaround of the last 20 years.

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LEAD Forward Student Bios

Sydney Fritch

B.S. in Global Business
Expected Graduation: May 2020
Hometown: Butler, IN

I joined the LEAD Forward Program to enhance and improve my preexisting leadership skills, to facilitate and establish business connections, and to become more involved in the Evansville community through service. For me personally, I felt that growth in these three areas of my life would help me be successful in my future endeavors in the global business field.

After graduation, I hope to work for a company as an international business representative. Traveling, learning about different cultures, and working with people from diverse backgrounds are passions of mine that I hope will be an integral part of my career. I also would love to work for a company in which philanthropy is a core value of the company.

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Sydney Fritch

Solomon Hainna Jr.

B.S.B.A in Finance
Expected Graduation: May 2018
Hometown: Inglewood, CA

I joined the lead forward program to further push myself in the pursuit of becoming the best leader I can be, while also learning to better serve those around me. With the mentorship of our team leader, Mindy Sagez, as well as working directly with the best business students the University of Evansville has to offer, I can learn skills that will be monumental to the entirety of my career.

This summer, I will be taking up one of my offers to work with either an NBA franchise or Sports Agency. I will use these experiences to spring board a career in Financial Planning and Management of athletes or a sports franchise. My long term career goal is to help open charter schools to assist under privilege youth in obtaining a fair education.

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Solomon Hainna Jr.

Alvaro Navarrete del Carpio Bellido

B.S.B.A in Management
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Hometown: Lima, Peru

There are various reasons for why I joined the LEAD Forward Program. One of the main is to learn and develop the skills required to be an effective leader by being mentored by a business professional, Mindy Sagez. The developed skills will help me in both college and my professional life. Furthermore, I also joined to connect with other students that share the same interest in business and leadership. By meeting new people I will be able to learn from their different points of view, and contribute with my own for mutual development.

I am currently planning on getting an internship in the audit industry. This will allow me to have a further understanding of what is expected from an auditor. Furthermore, with the acquired experience I will seek a position in one of the Big Four Accounting Firms, in which I plan to climb up towards a managerial role.

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Alvaro Navarrete

Tegan Britt

B.S. in Marketing & Finance
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Hometown: Evansville, IN

The previous LEAD Forward fellows drew my attention to the program. I saw the relationships and opportunities they were presented with, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I am always eager to build new relationships, and the program provides invaluable experiences with business professionals. In addition, I wanted to take the opportunity to grow my character and further my leadership skills through the mentorship of Mindy Sagez.

I’m unsure if I will be in the marketing or finance industry, I am certain that my role will be data oriented. Mahir Yavuz, creative director of R/GA, once said that “data is the building block of the connected age”. I have a passion for data, and I believe it can transform businesses. I hope to find myself in a role that uses data to create perspective for strategy and uncover valuable information.

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Tegan Britt

Torrin Madden

B.S.B.A in Management & Marketing
Expected Graduation: May 2018
Hometown: Santa Claus, IN

I joined LEAD Forward because I felt it was a perfect opportunity to share what I know about being a leader as well as learn from others how to become a better leader. I saw it as an opportunity that I could never pass up because I would only be hurting myself by not joining such a prestigious program. I hope to better myself and my campus while in the program.

I want to work in the marketing field for a Fortune 500 company. I hope to be a part of their internal marketing team and one day become a marketing director. In the end the goal is to start my own business, own a business, or become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. I want to strive big and be the reason a company becomes one of the best ever in its industry.

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Torrin Madden

Kelsey Mayer

B.S.B.A in Management & Marketing, B.S. in Accounting
Expected Graduation: May 2020
Hometown: Evansville, IN

I joined the LEAD Forward program for two reasons. The first reason I decided to join the LEAD Forward program is because I want to learn to advance my leadership skills far beyond their current abilities. I want to be a leader that people can look up to. I want to be able to share my improved skills with others. With this, I also want to challenge myself in improving these skills as well as push myself farther than ever before. The second reason I joined the LEAD Forward program is because of Mindy Sagez. She is the perfect mentor for a leader, and I wanted to be able to experience learning under her and learn from her leadership expertise.

After graduation, I plan on using my majors to be able to find the right fit for me in a job aspect. My plan as of right now is to use my marketing and management skills to help a sports program or company to help it succeed. Despite this, I am becoming more interested in Accounting as I take more classes, so after graduation, my plans might change to become an Accountant.

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Kelsey Mayer

Kashaf Oneeb

B.S. Economics
Expected Graduation: May 2020
Hometown: Faisalabad, Pakistan

I joined the LEAD Forward Program to experience the business world more closely and professionally. I was convinced by Mindy’s promising character and the previous members’ confidence that this program will not only polish the leader in me but it will also help me become a better person on a broader level.

I plan to become a business analyst to help organizations in making decisions that are beneficial for the company as well as the community.

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Kashaf Oneeb

Montana Portenier

B.S. in Political Science & B.A. in Business Management
Minor: Legal Studies
Expected Graduation: December 2018
Hometown: London, Ontario

The LEAD Forward Program offers its fellows an array of opportunities that benefit myself as well as the community. By promoting both individual and team learning through a heavily experiential curriculum, I knew it would give me the chance to apply what I had learned in the classroom to real life situations. Additionally, I joined to enhance my leadership skills under the mentoring of Mindy Sagez. Finally, joining LEAD also provides me with the opportunity to network with business leaders and establish connections for my future career.

After I graduate, I plan on attending law school. With this I hope to practice corporate law or international law. Ideally, I want to work for a multi-national company that has locations in the United States and back home in Canada.

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Montana Portenier

Austyn Stierwalt

Accounting
Expected Graduation: May 2021
Hometown: Newburgh, IN

I was first introduced to the LEAD Forward Program by Dr. Rawski and immediately pursued the opportunity. Personally, I am not quite sure how anyone who knows about the program could not want to be involved. I primarily joined LEAD Forward to maximize my opportunities on campus, in the community, and beyond in terms of networking and connections. In addition, I joined to grow as an individual in my leadership skills, while exhibiting the program’s core values of: diversity, flexibility, accountability, experiential learning, empathy, creativity, exceeding expectations, trust, and courage. The LEAD Forward Program creates a tremendous amount of relationships across the spectrum and allows others to see what young people are capable of, and that is something worth being a part of.

As an incoming freshman, I am not entirely sure of what life will look like for me after graduation. I intend to explore the numerous possibilities that the Accounting field has to offer, and pursue a career path that allows me to grow personally and collaboratively, and make a difference. My ultimate personal goal is to end up in a career in which I can prosper in my skill sets daily, but yet never “work” another day in my life.

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Austyn Stierwalt

Robert Waggoner

B.S. in Finance
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Hometown: Vincennes, IN

As a student athlete at the University of Evansville, I feel that it is important for all athletes to get involved in student activities outside of athletics. The reason I decided to join the LEAD Forward Program was to improve relationships among my fellow business colleagues, develop key leadership skills with the help and guidance of Mindy Sagez, and to experience the amazing networking opportunities that we will receive with prominent business leaders throughout the Evansville community.

After graduating from the University of Evansville I plan on attending a graduate school where I will earn my M.B.A. Following graduate school, I intend to work in a Management or Financial field.

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Robert Waggoner

Andrew Wahl

B.S. in Accounting
Minor: Mathematics
Expected Graduation: May 2018
Hometown: Evansville, IN

I joined the LEAD Forward Program for three main reasons. First, to develop my public speaking and presentation skills. Second, to learn from and network with some of the most prominent business leaders in our community. Finally, I joined to represent the Schroeder School of Business and to show our community the tools and skills we have obtained during our time in college, through meaningful work and projects.

This summer, I will be working in the Financial Institutions group of CliftonLarsonAllen. During this internship, I hope to gain valuable accounting and auditing knowledge which will help prepare me for my future career in public accounting. After graduation, I hope to get hired by one of the Big Four Accounting Firms, obtain my Certified Public Accounting license, and work my way up to a partner position.

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