Founders' Day: Casey Kelleher '13
In February 2012, then-junior Casey Kelleher and a team of UP business students flew to Phoenix, Ariz. for the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition. At the competition, the team competed against 13 other undergraduate teams from universities in the region to come up with the best business operation plan in a scenario based on a real-life digital billboard manufacturing company.
The team came in first place, with UP’s second team coming in third.
At Founders' Day, Casey, a Finance and Operations & Technology Management double major, and her team presented their plan from the APICS Case Competition, as well as their experiences at the competition.
Casey said the Pamplin School of Business presented her with opportunities to get hands-on experiences during her time in school.
“The real-world experiences, whether it was my summer internship or working with companies like Daimler or Cambia on consulting projects, have given me the opportunity to identify what it takes to be successful and how I can develop my skills to get there,” Casey said.
While she focused on studying business at UP, Casey enjoyed the variety of classes and experiences UP had to offer.
“One of the things that I really enjoyed about UP is the exposure I have gotten, not only to other business disciplines, but to other areas of academic study like literature, astronomy, and fine arts,” Casey said. “The different classes challenged me to think differently and ultimately become a better problem solver.
Now that she is done with her four years at UP, Casey is working as a business operations analyst for Kaiser Permanente, a health care provider. While she is unsure of her long-term plans, she has some idea of what she wants her future to be like.
“My long-term plans are undecided, but the general idea is to travel, to enjoy life, and to accomplish many things.”