Career Leadership Academy - Alumni

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Zach Gruenhagen

Zach graduated from Iowa with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Sustainability in the spring of 2013. Zach held various positions within the Iowa City community to help contribute to a better environment and community. He was involved at Research Fellowship, Iowa City Summer of Solutions, and The Englert Theatre. Zach even traveled to Gurgaon, India where he was an Intern at the Institute for Rural Research and design. Here, Zach conducted economic analysis of subsistence farming methods throughout villages.

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Vogel

Matthew graduated from Iowa in the spring of 2014 with a Finance degree from the Tippie College of Business. Matt thanks the Career Leadership Academy for increasing his verbal and written communication skills and well as teamwork skills. He also states that he was able to demonstrate his leadership skills during college by being inclusive, empowering others and taking initiative.

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Maher

Hannah Maher graduated from the University of Iowa in May, 2015 with a degree in Chemistry. She was a member of the University of Iowa’s Swimming and Diving Team and traveled to Xicotepec, Mexico to perform a service learning project with other selected CLA members! Hannah was chosen as the Marvin A. Pomerantz Leadership Award Winner in the Fall of 2014 for her standout leadership qualities and her dedication to CLA!

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Noser

Sarah graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a degree in Management and Organizations as well as Human Resource Management and a Leadership Studies Certificate. She is very passionate about contributing to the University of Iowa and keeping the skills she learned in CLA in her professional careers! Sarah's passion for the university and her leadership skills on campus are a few of the many reasons why she was the winner of the Marvin A. Pomerantz Leadership Award in the spring of 2014!

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Engler

Kyle graduated from the University of Iowa as well as the Career Leadership Academy in the spring of 2015. He double majored in Finance and Management with an Entrepreneurial Emphasis. Kyle was the spring 2015, Marvin A. Pomerantz Leadership award winner due to his involvement at the University and his endless leadership qualities he portrayed in each organization in which he was involved!

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Benjamin Smith

Ben graduated the University of Iowa as well as the Career Leadership Academy in May, 2013. Ben double majored in Interdepartmental Business Studies and English, and also went on to get his certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. Ben won the Marvin A. Pomerantz Leadership Award in the spring of 2013 due to his strong leadership qualities and entrepreneurial passion!

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Bailey Ford

Bailey is both a graduate of the Career Leadership Academy and The University of Iowa. During her time at Iowa she became heavily involved in UI Dance Marathon, was a Hawkeye Guide, and an OnIowa Leader! Bailey received her degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. In the fall of 2013, Bailey was awarded the Marvin A. Pomerantz Leadership Award because of her dedication to many organizations on campus and her amazing leadership qualities within these groups!

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Allyson Disterhoft

Ally is currently a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring in Accounting, with a minor in Finance. She is a current member of the University of Iowa’s Women’s Basketball Team and continues to put her leadership skills to play both on and off the court. Ally’s dedication to academics, leadership, and athletics is recognized by many on campus.

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Efe Ayanruoh

Joining the Career Leadership Academy has been one of the best decisions I made in my freshman year. I have experienced personal and career growth through all four phases. Through CLA, I have honed my leadership skills, gained a broader perspective on life and grown to be more appreciative of individuality, as each person has something unique to offer. In the few years as a student of the academy, I have shared memorable experiences and made lasting relationships with my classmates and instructors. CLA has truly been a huge part of my growth at the University of Iowa.

Career Leadership Academy - Alumni Spotlight: Brad Maxwell

My biggest success is a tie between being a national finalist for the Hearst Journalism Award and winning an Upper-Midwest student Emmy. Both of these awards come from a series of news reports I have completed through my work at Daily Iowan TV. Attending the Emmy Award Ceremony in Minneapolis provided a great opportunity to network with a number of journalists, but also proved to be a nerve-racking experience. Coming from a small town in Iowa, I never expected to be giving a speech in front of a huge crowd at Mall of America, but that shows the unpredictability of life.

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