Alexander Bronk ’17: Connecting the dots leads to exciting opportunities
Major: Business Administration (Computer Information Systems)
Hometown: Newport, R.I.
Path: Leadership Development Program at Textron
Making connections has kept Alexander Bronk '17 a step ahead.
A transfer student who arrived at Bryant in 2015, Bronk connected with Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems Kenneth Sousa, who became an informal mentor. Next, through a job shadowing program run by the Amica Center for Career Education, Bronk spent a day at Textron where he shadowed Ilanna Keyslay ’13. In conversations that day with Textron executives, he discussed material from a book loaned to him by Professor Sousa. “At the day’s end," he recalls, "I was offered a summer internship,” which was “100 percent” instrumental in being offered a full-time position after graduation in Textron’s highly competitive Leadership Development Program.
Bronk's coursework has prepared him to succeed at Textron, where varied business lines, cultures, languages, time zones, and information systems are the norm. For example, "Business Policy" challenged him to work as part of a team to solve one of Target’s real-world business dilemmas, and Sousa’s "Project Management Practice and Principles," mentored by Hasbro executives, reinforced innovative problem-solving and teamwork skills, says Bronk.
The engagement with Hasbro "is exceptional. You can’t replicate that in a traditional classroom,” Bronk says. Each week, the students work with their assigned mentor to discuss specific business principles and concepts and to learn how Hasbro applies them. Bronk’s mentor at Hasbro is David Adams, a project director with global IT project management.
Knowing how important connections can be, Bronk is exploring how to pay it forward after graduation. Already, he is working with Bryant students to help them improve their professional resumes and has judged a Business Professionals of America national competition. A member of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, he's committed to being involved in an alumni chapter. "Imagine a world where no one is giving back," he says. "I don’t think we’d push forward as a society.”