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Turning a passion for international affairs into action

Senior Carley Kline (pictured 2nd from the right on the campus of Harvard University) attaches great importance to growing her understanding of diverse perspectives in a world that is increasingly globalized. Carley, who is majoring in marketing with an international business minor, took her passion for international relations to the 2019 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) conference.

The HPAIR conference was founded in 1991 to create a forum of exchange for students and young professionals to learn about and discuss the most important economic, political, and social issues facing Asia. The four-day event is run by Harvard students who work to further the mission of creating lasting relationships and connections between young professionals across all industries.

During the conference, Carley participated in HPAIR’s "Expansion & Marketing" session. This impact challenge, presented by Deloitte, positioned teams as consultants for a startup company selling medical devices that test for various illnesses. Participants were given four hours to perform research and develop a strategic marketing plan responding to the question of whether the company should expand internationally or simply strengthen the existing market.

Carley’s team was awarded 2nd place out of 15 competing teams. “My experience at this conference,” she says, “reinforced my belief in the power of team collaboration and innovative thinking.”

Following the conference, Carley was approached by the CEO of Vanilla Skills Pvt Ltd and offered a job in Mumbai, India. “I haven’t figured out the details or decided yet if I’ll accept the job offer, but I’m really happy and honored about the opportunity.”

As Carley prepares for graduation this month, she credits UD for helping prepare her for a successful future. "The SBA has given me an incredible platform and diverse network of individuals to connect with, learn from, and potentially work alongside in the future. I appreciate UD's willingness to let students follow their inclinations to learn outside the conventional classroom.”

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