An alumni connection meant the world to an Oswego senior looking for experience in the fast-paced field of executive recruiting. Fabian Loeprick ’10 interned this summer at Korn/Ferry International’s Washington, D.C., offices, thanks to Nels Olson ’89, managing director of the Eastern Region and a member of the board and CEO and corporate affairs practices at KFI.
A native of Kassel in Germany, Loeprick is a member of the School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Board. He leapt at the chance to expand his skills in business management with an internship at the world’s largest executive recruiting firm, with nearly 80 offices in 40 countries.
Olson said he was happy to help an Oswego student, because he knows how important hands-on experience can be. “I am in the field of human capital talent, and having practical experience is vitally important,” he said.
At Oswego, Olson honed his leadership skills in Student Association and Sigma Gamma fraternity, two experiences he feels led to his successful career.
“Oswego was a big part of my life growing up and it’s a terrific institution,” said Olson, whose oldest brother, Lars Olson ’83, also attended. After joining Korn Ferry, Nels Olson participated in the search that resulted in Deborah F. Stanley becoming the college’s 10th president. “It’s a school on the move because of her leadership and I believe in investing in it,” said Olson. In addition to giving back by arranging student internships, he made
a leadership gift to the recent Inspiring Horizons campaign.
Olson joined Korn/Ferry International in 1993 and has conducted many executive searches throughout the world. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in public relations and served in the White House, screening and recommending Presidential appointees and cabinet candidates.
Loeprick’s summer work in research about potential candidates gave him insight into the types of degrees and experiences top firms are looking for, and working in a busy office helped him hone his real-world assets like professionalism, self-confidence, motivation and communication skills.
After further internships in Europe, Loeprick hopes to attend graduate school there. “The people make a place. I cannot say enough good about the amazing team of Korn/Ferry International . . .They really made the experience superb for me,” said Loeprick. “Certainly everyone needs academic basics, but the on-the-job training is a much more intense learning experience.”
— Michele Reed