This spring will mark the 15th anniversary of Vera Whole Health winning the Albers School of Business Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition. As founder and CEO of Vera Whole Health—now a $400 million company revolutionizing health care—Ryan Schmid, ’07 MBA, reflects on his journey as an entrepreneur and how Seattle University and its Jesuit and Catholic-based teaching principles contributed to making his vision a thriving reality.
For Per Anderson, ’21, what began as an internship with Sellen Construction transitioned into a career post-graduation. Many of the skills he learned from his Seattle University coursework are valuable in his day-to-day work, from communications to problem solving. “Being able to communicate well is the biggest thing that I got from Seattle University and I’m very thankful. Seeing stuff being installed … really helped me understand how to design. It made me a better student by giving me more background, so it was easier to pick up concepts in school.”
Many companies and industry leaders employ graduates of Seattle University and offer internships and practicums to current students. Here’s a sampling of employers:
Source: Seattle University’s Class of 2020 First Destination Survey
Communities of support are pivotal in helping recent and soon-to-be graduates launch their careers. Since 2020, Redhawk Landing has been the dynamic tool offered to Seattle University students and alumni to help harness the power of the Redhawk network. It is an online community that nurtures purposeful and transformative connections and more than 1,000 Redhawks have already been able to connect with each other in this interactive virtual space. We welcome all Redhawks to consider sharing their experiences and insights with our students at redhawklanding.seattleu.edu/.