Molly Sender, '12
Orr Fellowship Recipient
1) What are you doing now?
I am a member of the Orr Fellowship, which aims to develop Indiana's next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. About 25 graduates of all different Indiana universities get selected per year to be placed at high-growth start-ups in Indianapolis to see the inner workings of a startup and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. I have been placed at Courseload, which is a digital textbook platform. Courseload has only been around since 2009, but it is expanding rapidly. There is also a curriculum component of the Fellowship, aimed at understanding and giving back to one's community, namely Indianapolis.
2) How do issues of ethics and values enter into your professional role?
I encounter issues of ethics and values daily as I continue to figure out my interests and passions in my adult life. I was deeply entrenched in the arts at DePauw, majoring in music and business, so my first few months of my professional life involved discovering a way to nourish my musical side while being successful as a services manager at Courseload. I have found a great balance between work and service, finding two service organizations in Indianapolis to express my musical side, and discovering my passion for working with people through training and service offerings at Courseload. I very much value interpersonal connections, and I discovered that through training faculty in the use of the Courseload platform. Since joining the professional world, I've also discovered that staying true to ones values can determine the enjoyment of one's job. Understanding what motivated me helped me express to my superiors my passions, and I was able to be placed in an area where my skills are best put to use, thus ensuring satisfaction and enjoyment in my role.
3) What societal ethics issues are most important for us to address and why?
Acceptance of all people has to be a priority for everyone. In light of the Supreme Court decisions about DOMA and Prop 8, it's an exciting time to realize that, as a society, we are making progress, but it's also important to understand we have a long way to go. Living in Indiana as a professional is different than attending DePauw. At DePauw, acceptance and open communication was a priority. However, since coming into the wider world of Indianapolis, and Indiana as a whole, I realize now how lucky I was to live in a place where open discussion was fostered and encouraged. I worry that if Indiana continues to be close-minded in regards to personal freedoms- whether sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc., we will block a lot of great people and talent who would otherwise come to our state. We forget that companies and organizations are made of people; we need everyone to want to work in an open and accepting place, and right now I don't think we're there yet. I love Indianapolis and I am proud to be a newly minted Hoosier, but I think our state (along with many others) has a lot of work to do when it comes to accepting those who are different than us.