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Katie Hestor

Graduate Assistant of Startup Ventures & O'Pake Investments

Major: MA Leadership

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Middleburg, PA

Personality Type: INFJ-T, The Advocate

What is your favorite part about working with O’Pake?

My favorite part about working with the O’Pake Institute is the culture of continuous growth. This culture supports getting out of your comfort zone, mentorship, life-long learning and eliminating the fear of failure. As our Director of Student and Client Services says, “this is a truly transformational process”.  

What are your goals in the future?

In the future, my goals include holding a leadership position in my career and in my community as well as starting a profitable business of my own. 

How will O’Pake help you reach these goals?

O’Pake prepares me each and every day by exposing and involving me in the business world. Daily, I meet with real life business to help relieve their pain points and improve their brand. I couldn’t do it without my team! O’Pake is also preparing me by allowing me to lead a team of undergrad students, offering valuable management experience.  

What is your favorite memory at Alvernia?

My favorite memory at Alvernia thus far has been getting to know all of O’Pake’s fellows and staff.  

What made you decide to study at Alvernia?

Of course, the O’Pake Institute and all the economic development activity was a major factor in my choice of Alvernia. However, I also needed my educational wishes to be met. Course offerings for Alvernia’s leadership program made my wishes come true. I felt so much excitement inside of me when exploring courses like Leadership for Sustainable Communities and Poverty in America. 

Who or what inspires you and why?

Emotion, raw beautiful emotion. Seems cliche but the emotion of excitement and joy and frustration and drive inside the entrepreneurs I work with inspires me. It inspires me because that raw emotion brings a whole new level of depth to a project. I am making a difference.  

What is a quote that you abide by?

“You Matter” – Demetrius Harmon  

What is something that someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I have double jointed knees so I can do six inch raised leg holds for hours!