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Podcast EP. 54 – WSU’s Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) Program

Exploring WSU’s Engineering and Technology Management Program In this episode, we’re joined by Kay Bachman and Nicholas Brunney to discuss the unique and impactful Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) program offered by WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. They highlight the program’s flexibility, holistic approach to education, and its ability to prepare students for…

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Podcast EP. 53 – Exploring Cougar Legacy & Business with Ron & Bryant Claudon

Exploring Cougar Legacy & Business In this engaging podcast episode, we welcome Ron and Bryant Claudon to discuss their rich WSU football history, fraternity ties, and family business ventures. They delve into why they chose to attend WSU, their experiences with Cougar tailgating, and the vibrant RV culture associated with game days. The Claudon family…

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Podcast EP. 52 – The Journey of Two WSU Medical Students

The Journey of Two WSU Medical Students – Pierce & Kyanna This episode highlights the experiences of Pierce Claassen & Kyanna Cusick, two medical students. Kelsey interviews them about their backgrounds, personal journeys to studying medicine at WSU, and what’s next for them after graduation. They discuss the college’s mission to serve rural communities, the…

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Podcast EP. 50 – Leading Through Challenges: Lessons from College Hill’s CEO

Leading Through Challenges Join us for an insightful interview with Jen Gangwish, CEO of College Hill. From its roots in Greek apparel to expanding into the corporate sector, Jen shares the company’s journey and her leadership insights. Learn about navigating challenges, including COVID-19, and the strategic decisions that shaped College Hill’s growth. Tune in for…

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Podcast EP. 49 – Leadership, Philanthropy, & Continuous Growth with Mahmood Ghassemi

Leadership, Philanthropy, & Continuous Growth This podcast episode features Mahmood Ghassemi, a distinguished Washington State University (WSU) alum, electrical engineer, and CEO of Sequoyah Electric, discussing his journey from Iran to becoming a key figure in the engineering and construction industry. Mahmood shares insights into his deep appreciation for WSU, the importance of building connections,…

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Podcast EP. 48 – From the Cockpit to the Boardroom with Howard Wright

From the Cockpit to the Boardroom This podcast episode features an engaging conversation with Howard Wright, a former commercial pilot who transitioned to become a successful business leader as the founder and chairman of Seattle Hospitality Group. Howard shares his unique career trajectory, from obtaining his pilot’s license for fun to overseeing thousands of employees…

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Podcast EP. 46 – Leadership, Sales, and the Power of People with Bill Gruber

Leadership, Sales, and the Power of People This latest episode of our Business & Startup Series features a conversation with Bill Gruber, a retired executive with extensive experience in the medical device industry. Bill shares his career journey, starting from his college days at WSU, through different management and leadership roles, including sales representative, fraternity…

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Podcast EP. 45 – Exploring Business, Community, & Entrepreneurship with Lance Lijewski

Startup Series: Exploring Business, Community & Entrepreneurship In this episode of the CougsFirst! Podcast, Lance Lijewski, a digital marketer with hands-on experience in different business domains, discusses his path to entrepreneurship, starting from his days as a first-generation college student to his current role managing numerous businesses. Lance holds a dual degree in multimedia journalism…

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Podcast EP. 44 – Sports, Studies, and Entrepreneurial Spirit with Dean Janikowski

Student Series: Sports, Studies, and Entrepreneurial Spirit In this episode, the podcast welcomes Dean Janikowski, a dedicated WSU football player. Dean not only discusses his passion for football, but also shares his experiences as a creator, fundraiser, student, and business enthusiast. He reveals how he uses unique methods, like working with a mental coach, to…

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