Inspired by Giants
Hanks, a senior marketing major, has a keen eye for business success. Jackie
has excelled in her course work at The W.A. Franke College of Business, is a
member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, formerly worked as a peer
instructor, and is recipient of the dean’s list award. However, it was one
experience – a trip to Omaha, Nebraska—that truly opened her eyes to a world of
opportunity, and provided her with a blueprint for pursuing her passion.
one of a select group of business students to meet Warren Buffet, one of the
greatest businessmen and philanthropists of our time and the chairman and CEO
of Berkshire-Hathaway. Through this experience, she was able to learn from not
only Buffet himself, but also about the inner-workings of other companies
within the Berkshire-Hathaway portfolio and some of their respective CEOs.
extremely lucky to be able to speak with them, one-on-one, and I learned so much
from them and their experiences,” Hanks says.
While on the trip, Hanks and the rest of the group were able
to tour companies in which Buffett had invested. Hearing the stories of how
these CEOs got to where they are today was an informative and inspiring
experience for the group and Hanks.
“It was fascinating to talk to the CEOs who
ran these companies, and learn how they started their careers,” Hanks says. “It
to accomplish her goal of starting her own business, Jackie has returned from
Omaha and re-engaged in her coursework, with a renewed energy that stemmed from
more clearly understanding how to achieve her vision for the future.
been a very conscientious student, but when I returned from the trip, I was
even more motivated to succeed,” Hanks says. “The experience inspired me to
think about my future.”
Donations provide opportunity
Donor support enabled this trip to become a reality, and included the dean of The W.A. Franke College of Business, Craig Van Slyke, as well as Buffett himself. Hanks is
grateful for the financial support and the donors that provide the funds which
ultimately allowed her this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Without the donors, the trip wouldn’t have been possible,” Hanks
says. “We owe everything to them.”