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Pete Grant

Financial Analyst at Lincoln Financial Group
Industry: Insurance

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2008 to 2010

"My CWP experience bolstered my confidence in interviews, public speaking, and my own abilities. Not many college students can say they started and ran a small business during the worst economic climate in decades."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Post-CWP I took over as EVP, then as President, of Temple's Financial Management Association. When I stepped in, the organization was hemorrhaging cash and meetings were attended by 40 people - at best. When I left it, we had a surplus of cash each semester due to corporate sponsorships, executive finance speakers every Monday, 3-4 community service events/ free open bar socials every semester, workshops teaching finance/investment skills that exceeded the breadth of the Temple finance curriculum, and averaged 150 people at every meeting.

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Patricia Morawa

Financial Analyst at JP Morgan
Industry: Finance

College Major: Economics - Political Science and Business Minors

CWP: 2011 to 2012

"CWP has really helped me set myself apart from other candidates interviewing for the same position. The experiences that I've had with CWP have given me real world experiences and something unique to talk about."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Receiving and accepting a Full-Time Job offer before I started my senior year at UIUC.

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Andrew Pittman

Financial Analyst at Amazon
Industry: Retail

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2010

"It allowed me to get an internship in my sophomore year when my colleagues were seniors in college. In the long term it allowed me to feel extremely confident in interviews."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Landing my full time offer at Amazon. The competition was very fierce, and if I didn't have the experience at Russell Investments, which College Works helped me in getting, I would never have been considered at Amazon.

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Martin Blanc

Corporate Financial Analyst - Finance Development Program at Whirlpool Corporation
Industry: Technology

College Major: Business

CWP: 2011

"Gave me the experience and skills to get an internship in corporate america the next summer, which led to the job I have today."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting into this finance program (recognized as top 10 corporate finance development programs in the US)

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Jacob Wade

Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual
Industry: Finance

College Major: Accounting

CWP: 2012 to 2013

"It helped me become more than well rounded"

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Chelsea Parker

Financial representative at Northwestern mutual
Industry: Insurance

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2012

"I was able to go into Interviews with other companies with confidence. I had a answer for any question they asked because of the breadth of experience in the internship."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting the job I've always wanted.

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Jason Griffin

Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual
Industry: Insurance

College Major: Accounting and Finance

CWP: 2012 to 2013

"It easily got me the position at Northwestern Mutual. I haven't graduated yet."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

I coach the freshman football team at my high school (Nicolet) and we were 5-1-2 this year, which was the best team since my freshman team.

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Steve Sypek

Client Service Analyst at Wellington Management
Industry: Finance

College Major: Finance and Accounting

CWP: 2009

"Employers were impressed that I managed my own business as a college student and it was good talking point in almost all of my interviews. Now, I still employ many of the skills I learned with CWP at my current position."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Passing the CPA exam

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Dane Schickedanz

Financial Specialist at PNC Financial Services Group
Industry: Banking

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2007 to 2008

"I can honestly say that having CWP on my resume and bragging about my accomplishments is what got me my first job and lead to my successful career in banking."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Using the skills I learned to teach others about money management, time management, budgeting, persistence, and patience.

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Dan Strack

Firefighter at San Antonio Fire Department
Industry: Public Safety

College Major: Economics

CWP: 2003

"I did a 180 with my career. CWP gave me a solid foundation in hard work."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Becoming a member of the San Antonio Fire Department

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Kurt Casper

Fittings Manager at Thogus Products
Industry: Manufacturing

College Major: Operations Management

CWP: 2009 and 2012

"Helped me to understand what my passion was. Also helped me to become a problem solver."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Drastically changing and improving the department I was assigned to manage.

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Jeffrey Zohn

Special Education Teacher at Teach For America
Industry: Education

College Major: Human Development and Family Studies

CWP: 2009

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Winning a national teacher award.

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John Sun

Founder at AvantCredit
Industry: Finance

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2004

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Colin Christianson

Founder & CEO at Tenacious Ventures
Industry: Marketing

College Major: Business Administration

CWP: 2005 to 2007

"CWP impacted me by developing my business skill, ethics and my financials. I was able to buy a laptop, painting van, then car over the 3 years I was involved. These tools then helped me later launch my company Tenacious Ventures. Along with the skills I developed to do my accounting, profit analysis, put together estimates, and manage clients and employees, I was able to build a strong operation plan for my online marketing and media production company. Since CWP taught me just to get out and get started despite my lack of knowledge in the industry, I was able to teach and position myself in the right places to be an expert in a newly emerging industry."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Launching my company Tenacious Ventures and then establishing a strong enough reputation so that amazing organizations like Microsoft, Walgreens, Solavei, The Gates Notes Foundation, etc.. reached out to me has been one of the most incredible accomplishments that makes me proud even to this day.

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Isaac Oswalt

Founder and Managing Partner at 21 Handshake
Industry: Business

College Major: Finance

CWP: 2004 to 2005

"It shifted my thinking with what I wanted to do for my career and gave me real-life operations experience I never had before."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Taking the leap... I left a good position with a Fortune 150 company to pursue a business I had been building on the side. Being an entrepreneur/business owner takes a different mindset, I started the development of that mindset while at CWP.

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Julia Schroeder

Founder/CEO at Velocity House Publishing and Integrative Nutrition
Industry: Entrepreneurship

College Major: Communication

CWP: 2007 to 2009

"Been an entrepreneur ever since, gave me wings."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Marketing Consultant for a multi-million dollar company, Integrative Nutrition. Worlds largest health/wellness company. At the same time I became a certified hot yoga teacher :)

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Dan Berkon

Founder/President/CEO at Culmen International
Industry: Government

College Major: International Relations

"Immediately after graduation, I went to work for a defense contractor, where I applied my project management experience at CWP to start managing projects with minimal oversight."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

After graduation, I worked 11 years at another company, where I became one of two owners after about 6 years. But the founder and majority owner was a drunk and a bad business partner. I resigned, and started my own company with virtually zero cash. In 9 months we booked $9 million, and were off and running.

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Brendan A Johnson

Founder/Principal at Johnson Appraisal Group, LLC
Industry: Real Estate

College Major: Psychology

CWP: 2007 to 2008

"Helped in many ways."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Starting a real estate consulting company.

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Scott Ackmann

Functional Designer at Accenture
Industry: Consulting

College Major: Engineering

CWP: 2008 and 2010

"CWP has helped me get multiple job offerings."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Buying a condo.

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Peter Macdonald

General Counsel and Executive Vice President at loanDepot.com, LLC
Industry: Banking

College Major: Law

CWP: 1991 to 1994

"CWP gave me the confidence to take non-traditional paths to success. It allowed me to gain far more success than those students that followed a 'safe' approach. It allowed me to understand what taking a risk was like and thus help me advance after school and in my career."

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Building two start-up mortgage lending companies to national industry leaders; one becoming 2000 employees known as LendingTree and one becoming 4000 employees known as loanDepot.

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