ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS

Tech Entrepreneurs Roadtrip
  • Old Dominion University Roadtrip Trailer
    Old Dominion University Roadtrip Trailer

    Three ODU students prepare to travel along the East Coast in search of inspiring alumni stories.

  • Episode 1: Meet the Roadtrippers
    Episode 1: Meet the Roadtrippers

    The roadtrippers introduce themselves, sharing stories, hopes, and why they’re here.

  • Episode 2: Across the Bridge
    Episode 2: Across the Bridge

    Greg Pawlowski chronicles his ten year journey through college to a fulfilling career.

  • Episode 3: Building Their Futures
    Episode 3: Building Their Futures

    Ted Maloney shares how ODU paved the way for his career in public works.

  • Episode 4: Pressing Forward
    Episode 4: Pressing Forward

    Shamina Singh discusses how she blends philanthropy with her career at Mastercard.

  • Episode 5: Flying Without Fear
    Episode 5: Flying Without Fear

    Capt. Scott Avery shares how his time in the military taught him the power of diversity.

  • Episode 6: The Next Chapter
    Episode 6: The Next Chapter

    The roadtrippers make it back home with a fresh perspective and new hope for their futures.


Unsure how to navigate life after college, three students seek out professionals who give them the direction—and confidence—to move forward

Making it to and through college is no small accomplishment—but how do you transition from the classroom to the workforce? Mikalah, Chase, and Stephanie are all ODU students looking to the future, and finding it full of uncertainty. So they set out on the road to speak with alumni who’ve faced unique hurdles, and can help them embrace the winding road ahead. After meeting with people in diverse fields like civil engineering, marketing, public works, and more, the roadtrippers realize that it’s impossible to map out the future perfectly—but there’s no such thing as a wrong turn if you listen to yourself.

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INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM

Karen Owen

“Settle in and just know where you are right now is where you’re supposed to be. Those are comforting words. Talk to yourself like that. Be kind to yourself.”

Karen Owen, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Storytelling, Holy Redeemer Health System

Ted Maloney

“Get through what you think you want to do now and don’t worry so much about whether it’s going to fit exactly into what you’re going to do for the rest of your life”

Ted Maloney, Director of Public Works, Township of Middletown

Shamina Singh

“Whatever you do next, it’s the next right thing. So never be afraid that what you’re doing is the wrong thing.”

Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Captain Scott Avery

“We need to be able to shine a light on ourselves and go, ‘Okay, where do I need to improve?’ If you’re not improving, then you’re just not moving forward.”

Captain Scott Avery, Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy

ODU Roadtrip

There’s a lot of talk about how to get into college—but what does it take to get through and figure out what you want to do? We’re sending ODU students on a journey to find out.

Getting a degree is a huge undertaking—figuring out what to do with it is another one altogether. That’s why, together with ODU, we’re sending a group of students on a road trip across the Mid-Atlantic to interview ODU alumni and see how they were able to translate their education into fulfilling work. Follow the journey to hear stories of tackling hurdles, finding yourself, and turning a degree into a thriving career.


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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • Mikalah

  • Chase

  • Stephanie

Mikalah

Senior
Women’s Studies Major

Mikalah knows firsthand what it’s like for the world to seem upside down. She’s caring for her sick father, working two jobs, and close to earning a women’s studies degree. She’s considered going to law school someday, but the financial burden has her apprehensive and the negativity surrounding her current academic pursuits has her discouraged. But she still knows she wants to make the world a better, more just place, and part of her feels called to advocate for victims of sexual assault. She hopes this road trip can bring her some encouragement and clarity about her next move forward.

Chase

Fifth Year Senior
Civil Engineering Technology Major

Chase was raised in a military household and considers himself extremely extroverted. His father has high expectations for him, matched by Chase’s own expectations for himself. Right now, he wants to give back to his parents after all they’ve done for him. He’s an engineering major currently, but he wants to keep his options open. There’s part of him that still feels like he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He teaches line dancing and is passionate about animals and the outdoors.

Stephanie

Freshman
Marketing/Communications Major

Stephanie was raised by a single mother and eventually became one herself. After 10 years of teaching and 11 years of being a personal assistant, among other jobs along the way, she’s returning to education in hopes of reinventing herself. At 53, she recognizes that she doesn’t have as much time on her hands as someone fresh out of high school, and that’s driving her to make the most of her time to learn new things. She’s interested in advocacy for domestic abuse survivors and single parents, but her dream job would be hosting a travel show about chefs.

HOME SWEET HOME

miles the RV

QUICK STATS

DOB...........................2002

# OF ROADTRIPS..............2

MILES.......................47,066

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Washington, D.C.
11/7/2018

DeAndré Fernández Phillips

Director of Media Relations, Washington Wizards

Megan McKinley Thomas

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement, N Street Village

Mariel Branagan

Deputy Program Manager, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Philadelphia, PA
11/8/2018

Karen Owen

Vice President of Marketing and Brand Storytelling, Holy Redeemer Health System

New Castle, DE
11/8/2018

Greg Pawlowski

Senior Project Engineer, The Delaware River and Bay Authority

Middletown, NJ
11/11/2018

Ted Maloney

Director of Public Works, Township of Middletown

New York, NY
11/12/2018

Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Vanesa Vennard

Associate Producer, MSNBC

Norfolk, VA
11/14/2018

Captain Scott Avery

Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy

Drew Ungvarsky

Founder, CEO, and Executive Creative Director, Grow

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Washington, D.C.
11/7/2018

DeAndré Fernández Phillips

Director of Media Relations, Washington Wizards

Megan McKinley Thomas

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement, N Street Village

Mariel Branagan

Deputy Program Manager, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)


Philadelphia, PA
11/8/2018

Karen Owen

Vice President of Marketing and Brand Storytelling, Holy Redeemer Health System


New Castle, DE
11/8/2018

Greg Pawlowski

Senior Project Engineer, The Delaware River and Bay Authority


Middletown, NJ
11/11/2018

Ted Maloney

Director of Public Works, Township of Middletown


New York, NY
11/12/2018

Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Vanesa Vennard

Associate Producer, MSNBC


Norfolk, VA
11/14/2018

Captain Scott Avery

Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy

Drew Ungvarsky

Founder, CEO, and Executive Creative Director, Grow

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