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Mentorship Leads to Job at Nike

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PLU Alumna Andrea Adams ‘15 and Bradd Busick ’99, MBA ’09 pose on steps.

Image: Andi Adams ’15, and her mentor Bradd Busick meet for a reunion, Sunday, June 21, 2020, at PLU. Busick is both and alumni and faculty adjunct working in informations systems management systems and Adams is with Nike HQ in Portland. (Photo: PLU/John Froschauer)

December 4, 2020

Imagine your phone starts buzzing at 10:30 p.m. When you turn it over to see who could possibly be calling this late you see that it’s your professor and mentor trying to Facetime you —for a job opportunity.

That’s what happened to PLU Alumna Andrea Adams ‘15 about five years ago. While she initially was confused to be getting the call, it turned out to be one of the most important calls of her life.

Bradd Busick ’99, MBA ’09, was Adams’s business professor at PLU. Busick, who also serves as Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System chief technology officer and vice president, was at a conference dinner when a colleague — a hiring manager at Nike — asked him to recommend someone for an open position. The person he recommended was Adams. And, so, they decided to call her up right there during dinner.

Today, Adams lives in Beaverton, Oregon and works at the Nike World Headquarters as the Direct Strategy & Portfolio Manager. Watch the video to learn more about Adams’ story and how her mentorship put her on track to be hired by Nike.

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