Name: Kaylee Lucas
M.S. in Commerce Track: Financial Services
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Major: Religious Studies
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
What is your spirit animal?: Rooster. I’m definitely a morning person.
What do you get on your Chipotle burrito?: I ask the burrista (burrito conjugation of barista) what his or her favorite burrito is and order that.
Background: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia and lived in the same pink floral bedroom for the first 18 years of my life. As a child, I began my running career at age 8, aiming to win the fourth grade girls’ mile at Springfield Park Elementary School. I accomplished my goal with a record-setting time of 8:10 and have been #winning since 1999. Post Y2K, my athletic accomplishments were less impressive, but I found new dreams to chase. After majoring in Religious Studies, I developed a passion to work in poverty alleviation, but felt I lacked the skill set to do so. I came to McIntire with the aspiration of working in the nonprofit sector and with hopes to enter the field of microfinance.
Future Aspirations: After spending last summer in Kenya working in a microfinance loan hub, I dream of being able to empower entrepreneurs across the globe who don’t have access to credit. I hope the studies this year will equip me with the knowledge I’ll need to work in consulting with nonprofits and microfinance institutions.
Name: Joseph Labetti
M.S. in Commerce Track: Marketing & Management
Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Undergraduate Major: Science-Business
Hometown: Germantown, Tennessee
If you could open any franchise, what would you pick?: Fazoli’s, because what’s better than Italian drive thru #EndlessBreadsticks #GarlicBreath
If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing? “Oh What A Night” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. It is a classic song, and I am pretty sure it would be funny to watch me hit the high notes.
Background: I was born outside of Hartford, Connecticut on June 15, 1992. In October of 1997, my family packed up and moved down to Germantown, TN (a suburb outside of Memphis). As a kid, I loved to play sports and was able to play football, basketball, and soccer. I went to Christian Brothers High School, an all male Catholic school, and won two state championships as a goalie in soccer. After graduating from high school in 2010, I attended the University of Notre Dame and began my journey to medical school. In April of 2014, a group of fellow students and I started a healthcare analytics business that failed miserably. That project ended up driving me to apply to business school instead of medical school because I realized I had no idea what I was doing (oops).
Future Aspirations: After the M.S. in Commerce Program, I want to start a career in consulting and eventually become an entrepreneur. My dad has always told me to be my own boss, which is what drove me to medicine in the first place. But after realizing I didn’t want to be a physician, I still want to be my own boss. As of now I have a multitude of business ideas that I would like to pursue (but again, no idea what I’m doing), but I am holding them off to finish my degree. In a few years, I want to go back to school and get an MBA from Harvard. _______________________________________________________________
Name: Ellie Reed
M.S. in Commerce Track: Marketing & Management
Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia
Undergraduate Major: Advertising
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
What’s your biggest fear?: Birds: aka flying rats. Large birds like owls and eagles don’t scare me; but small birds like pigeons terrify me. For example, being surrounded by birds on the token fast food patio in an amusement park sounds awful.
What’s your favorite TV show?: Scandal because it’s full of suspense, romance, and Kerry Washington has great style! #PassionForFashion
Background: I was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on October 10, 1991. When I was four years old, my family moved to Alpharetta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). I grew up playing many sports, loved arts and crafts, and spent a lot of time hanging out with friends. I went to high school in Johns Creek, Georgia where I competed as a football cheerleader, played tennis, and belonged to multiple leadership and community service clubs. After graduating from high school in 2010, I attended the University of Georgia where I majored in advertising and minored in communication studies and fashion merchandising. While there, I was lucky enough to be on Leadership Council for my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and spent Saturday’s rooting for the Dawgs between the hedges in Sanford Stadium. During my time in college, I held two professional internship positions where I performed well, but felt that a business degree would help me become an extremely valuable employee in the future.
Future Aspirations: After the M.S. in Commerce Program, I would like to travel the world and work in corporate marketing for a global fashion/retail company. I grew up learning from my parents the importance of independence and always trying my best. They have instilled in me a great work ethic; however, I know that working around something I love will make work seem like it is not work at all.