This month, Amber Ferrari ’15, a senior at Marian University majoring in communication, became the university’s first Orr Fellow, a highly competitive fellowship that aims to identify, recruit, and train the next generation of business leaders for the state of Indiana.
Ferrari, a Twenty-First Century Scholar, didn't learn about the fellowship until her senior year, but had spent her time at Marian University building an impressive resume that would prepare her for this opportunity. She is a member of the Marian University Speech Team, a mentor to fellow Twenty-First Century Scholars, and participates in many campus activities, including the Sacred Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Peace and Justice Club.
Beyond her on-campus activities, Ferrari has gained important work experience, including internships at Indianapolis Power & Light, VYPE High School Sports Magazine, and the Office of Marketing Communications at Marian University.
“My advisors, professors, supervisors, and colleagues at Marian University have taught me to leave an impact on people. I’ve been taught to polish my skills, learn all that I can, and put in the extra effort to make an impression,” said Ferrari. “Whatever I am doing, I try really hard to take that advice, do my best work, and help out in any way that I can.”
And her hard work paid off. Ferrari was selected from hundreds of applicants for this fellowship, which gives young college graduates the opportunity to break into the professional world through paid positions with Indiana’s most dynamic, high-growth companies. During her two-year tenure, she will gain executive-level mentorship at her host company, build an impressive professional network through monthly business leader meetings, and join an invaluable peer network with other talented recent graduates.
“We’re looking for students that we think have the ability, talent, and desire necessary to lead companies—fast growing Indiana companies—by the time they are 30, instead of by the time they’re 40 or 50,” chairman of the Orr Fellowship and Angie’s List COO Scott Brenton said on the fellowship’s website.
Executive director of The Exchange, Ellen Whitt—Marian University’s new initiative linking student talent to community needs and opportunities—worked with the inaugural class of Orr Fellows in 2002 and knew it would be a terrific opportunity for Marian University students.
“Amber came highly recommended based upon her high academic achievement, her stellar co-curricular involvement, and the internship and work experiences she pursued during her time here. She prepared well for the interview process and really shined,” said Whitt.
Ferrari received a job offer from PactSafe the same day she interviewed with the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Brian Powers. Next fall, she will begin working for the start-up company that makes it easy for companies to track, manage and increase the enforceability of their website legal agreements.