Since graduating from K-State in 2005, I was given the opportunity to attend graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where I received a Master’s of Public Administration focusing on Government, Policy and Politics in 2008. After graduating, I moved to Washington D.C. and took a position as a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton working with multiple Department of Defense agencies on policy and strategic planning issues. In 2010 I left Booz Allen Hamilton to take a position as a Program Analyst for an agency within the Department of Defense. One of the most obvious impacts Leadership Studies has had on my educational and professional career was the program’s ability to lay much of the ground work in helping me understand the ins and outs of teamwork and diversity. During, and since, my time at K-State, I have always encouraged the teams I am a part of to get a task or project done. These teams have included people from around the world and each individual brought a diverse background of knowledge, experience and expertise that continually opened my eyes to how the world continues to become even more interconnected. The ability for individuals of diverse backgrounds to come together has become even more important in the seven years since I left K-State. Seven years from NOW, the world will be even more interconnected, and I am thankful for the lessons learned at Leadership Studies that created the foundation for me to flourish in my career..