LMU Talks, “The Future of Lobbying and Democracy” by Abstract CEO, Patrick Utz
Prior to presenting “The Future of Lobbying and Democracy,” Utz answered some questions from the the LMU Magazine:
🦁 What LMU class or project changed the way you think?
Definitely LMU's Incubator Program with Dr. David Choi. The incubator changed the way I think about corporations as not just means of generating returns/revenue, but also as vehicles to bring about positive change in the world.
🦁 How did LMU help you build your network?
LMU provided me with a strong network of alumni and professors that helped guide our startup in the early days. For example, Dr. David Choi joined as our first advisor, and helped us connect with lawyers that taught us the fundamentals behind incorporating a company, and raising venture capital. Dr. Andrew Forney was also instrumental in helping provide guidance on underlying infrastructure for our legislative platform.
🦁 What career advice can you give current LMU students?
Make sure to (1) write down contact info/interactions you have with people in a CRM or google sheet and (2) keep those people in your "network" updated with your professional life progress via email and/or social media. This is how you build a village that supports you as you build out your career.