Welcome to Episode 4 Network State of Mind with Aakanksha Rane & Jennifer Nolfi from the Portland State University Center for Retail Leadership.
This is a two-part episode so buckle in for some serious inspiration!
Aakanksha is a student who is ready to graduate but has a unique story from Dubai to study in the United States. Her level of perseverance and stepping into the unknown will have you believing that anything is possible. "Just go for it" her mantra has served her well as she leads the Center for Retail Leadership and helps small businesses and start-ups have a catapult opportunity in the real world. When our plans for opening a pop-up for Refutees at the heart of the PSU business Center store diminished because of Covid, she didn't give up on us.
Jennifer leads the program with heart and purpose, helping students and businesses build connections to getting people in the right space to jumpstart careers. Placing the needs of students at PSU as a top priority, Jennifer indeed leads with love and compassion. Her story of growing up on the Oregon Coast and playing basketball to stay out of trouble led her to some remarkable places and travel.
Using these skills for good, she has fostered an amazing network of people across Portland and continues to use them for good in so many ways. Jennifer and her team supported our vision of creating this podcast from day one; I'm forever grateful for that.
You can learn so much by visiting pdx.edu and searching the Center for Retail Leadership. They are offering an extensive amount of scholarships ( FREE MONEY) to those who want to further their careers and, in the words of Aakansha, "going for it!"
Host - Hussein Al-Baiaty
Producer & Videographer - Alex Pryce
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