Two Saint Mary’s seniors granted Orr Fellowships
Allison Sanchez | Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Saint Mary’s seniors Lauren Hlavin and Lauren Jamieson were chosen for The Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship, a program that gives students the opportunity to join growing companies in Indianapolis and develop their business skills.
According to Hlavin, there were over 800 applicants this recruitment season, and Hlavin and Jamieson were accepted as two of the 47 fellows.
With the help of College alumnae, Jamieson said she was able to enter the extensive interview process with a better understanding of the fellowship. Jamieson had to prepare for activities such as an on-campus scouting event, interviews with board members and interviews with four potential employers in one day.
“Saint Mary’s girls who are currently in the fellowship helped me to understand what exactly the fellowship is and got me excited for all the opportunities it offers,” Jamieson said. “They answered all my questions and helped me through the entire interview process.”
Hlavin said she is excited to join the Indianapolis-based startup company, Digby Home Automation, LLC.
“I am really anxious to get to work,” she said. “Right now it is hard to have a ‘hands-off’ approach, especially since I will be joining a start-up where the beginning of the enterprise is where you’ll get the most raw experience and knowledge.”
Jamieson said she is looking forward to start her life in Indianapolis, working at CloudOne, a company dedicated to providing clients with a secure cloud network.
“I can’t think of a better fit for me post-graduation,” she said. “I am excited to enter the Indianapolis community and become part of the Orr family.”
Hlavin said her time at Saint Mary’s for helping cultivate her abilities as a young entrepreneur, fostering her sense of creativity, innovation and independence. She said her professors and classes helped mold her into a well-rounded person.
“I have had endless leadership opportunities, which have pushed me to excel in areas where I wouldn’t have naturally gone,” she said. “I feel confident and capable in my area of study, as well as others, thanks to professors and students who are above par in every way possible.”
Jamieson said the fellowship gives them the opportunity to interact and grow with other young business leaders.
“I am looking forward to the curriculum that is offered and the opportunities I will have to expand my network and continue learning about myself and what path I want to pursue after my time with Orr,” Jamieson said.
Hlavin said the fellowship offers a “truly one-of-a-kind” experience.
“ … And to be amongst some of the top-tier grads of 2016 will undoubtedly be challenging yet extremely rewarding,” Hlavin said.“Each fellow brings a difference perspective, focus and form of creativity, which makes this an outstanding opportunity for personal and professional growth.”
Hlavin said she is looking forward to her future as an Orr fellow.
“It has been a wild ride so far, and I cannot wait for the next Orr adventure,” she said.