When does a race end and a personal journey begin?
For Forté Fellow alumna Katherine Beaulieu, hers started just minutes after crossing the iconic blue, yellow, and white finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Less than an hour later, lives would be lost, families ripped apart, and plans for the future—once so sure and promising—altered forever.
Beaulieu, who finished the race 45 minutes before twin explosions rocked Boylston St., decided to use the tragedy of the marathon bombing as her motivation to do more—for others.
“After that experience, in order to honor and remember the victims, I decided to dedicate myself to making a positive impact in my community—as a runner, marketer, and business leader,” she said. “I became a marathon coach to help others achieve their goal of successfully crossing the finish line. I joined the board of Girls on the Run of Franklin County (Ohio) to inspire the next generation of female runners.”
“And I decided to return to business school to refine my skills and refocus my career on making a difference,” she added.
Beaulieu returned to The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, where she earned her undergraduate degree in marketing, to begin work on her MBA. In 2014, she was selected to be a part of Fisher’s inaugural class of Forté Fellows.
“Fisher’s partnership with the Forté Foundation is just one example of the many meaningful ways students—particularly, female business students—can get involved throughout their educational career at Fisher,” Beaulieu said. “It meant a lot to me that my college and an organization like Forté were working together to increase the number of women with fulfilling careers in business.”
A 2015 MBA graduate, Beaulieu is now a part of BASF’s Leadership Development Program. Every day, she utilizes the key skills that are integral parts of the MBA and Forté experience—teamwork and collaboration.
While at Fisher, she participated in the college’s Global Applied Projects (GAP) program. She spent seven weeks working with a team of MBA students on a consulting challenge provided by Philips Healthcare. The experience culminated with the team spending the final three weeks of the program in Shanghai, where they presented recommendations directly to Philips executives.
“The product we turned out was superior to what they were expecting,” Beaulieu said. “The opportunity to not only present to leading executives, but also travel to and experience a culture halfway around the world was incredible and continues to shape my career.”
“Fisher and its connection with Forté provided me with the platform to find my voice, support my causes, and start the next stage of my career with a company that is dedicated to solving the world’s toughest problems,” she added.
Content courtesy of Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business).
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