Ripon education sparked leadership qualities for Rose Hogmire ’18

Learning how to lead confidently and pursue myriad opportunities were benefits of a Ripon College education for Rose Hogmire ’18.

Hogmire majored in economics as well as politics and government. She interned twice at the U.S. Senate focusing on health care, and interned at a large Twin Cities education nonprofit in government relations and corporate communication roles.

“I felt I had an advantage as an intern because I was confident in working side-by-side with industry professionals, I wasn’t afraid to express my ideas to colleagues, and I was prepared to produce high-quality outcomes for any task.”

She now serves as a market analyst for start-up company Stage Three in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I will analyze market activity in the supply chain and healthcare industries and aid start-ups and large companies in disrupting these industries with innovative products and services,” Hogmire says. “I’m excited to brainstorm with industry professionals on how to solve huge problems.”

She says Ripon College prepared her for this role by strengthening her ability to present on any topic successfully. “I wasn’t a supply chain expert coming into this role — I’m still not — but I know how to fully immerse myself on a medley of topics, ask the right questions to those who are industry experts, and present information in way that is both insightful and actionable.”

Hogmire transferred to Ripon after attending a large university in Minnesota for her first year. “My classes were typically large lecture halls of more than 100 students, and when I attended office hours professors or teaching assistants didn’t know my name. I wanted to have conversations with my peers in the classroom, know and interact with my professors, and have a more personalized experience in my education.

“Ripon College fit the bill. I am extroverted and outspoken. Ripon College accepted me for who I am and gave me every opportunity to utilize those qualities to succeed in class, as a campus leader, and in my professional life. Ripon College’s Ethics Bowl team particularly interested me. I can’t think of a better collegiate sport than sitting around a table of incredibly smart, opinionated people and examining the ethics of a social dilemma from different angles. I’m not being sarcastic.”

The greatest lesson she learned at Ripon College, Hogmire says, “is that having conversations matters, whether the topic is casual, controversial, boring or intriguing. Especially as someone who studied politics and economics, I didn’t always agree with what I heard from my peers in and out of the classroom, but sometimes what my peers said planted a seed in my mind and lead me to have a different perspective myself. I like to believe that some of things I’ve said had a similar impact on others. The gift of going to a small college is that every day is a new opportunity to listen, challenge and grow from one another.”

She plans to later pursue a master’s of business administration and lobby on behalf of or direct a business’ government relations to encourage positive private and public sector interactions. “I am interested in understanding how a company’s mission influences their products and processes and advocating on their behalf in the regulatory and legislative spheres,” Hogmire says.

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