I was a Quality Engineer in the medical device industry for 6 years. Before that, I earned my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Having decided to pursue a career in business and possibly non-profits, I returned to the University of Minnesota to get an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. After graduation, I decided to spend some time in India to learn about social needs and business in one if the fastest growing economies on earth. After 4 months of volunteering and touring, I have returned to the Minneapolis to start a freelance consulting practice with a friend focused on business strategies for the greater good.
At one point in India, I had some spare time while I researched different volunteer and internships opportunities. I had read about InnoCentive in business school, so I went to the site to see if there were any Challenges with a business orientation that I could solve. InnoCentive had posted its own Challenge for ideas for updating their website. As a new user I had plenty of ideas and spent some of my time in India putting them all together in my submission.
I am a huge InnoCentive fan. It is a very modern way for companies and individuals and ideas to come together. The fact that InnoCentive is expanding into even more areas that I am interested in, like the Rockefeller Foundation, Clean Tech, and Public Policy, keeps me coming back to check for new challenges.
Find out more about Adrienne on her blog, Life of 80.