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Stelos Superstar: Thibault Pavret de La Rochefordière

17 Jun


Thibault Pavret de La Rochefordière hails all the way from Bordeaux, France and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program. His interest in starting new businesses began as he was receiving his Bachelors in Marketing. Afterward, he chose to apply for the MGIM program because of its top-notch innovation management curriculum. Along the way, he became passionate about discovering leading applications of new technologies.

It is our honor to commend Thibault Pauret De La Rochefordiere on being a 2014 recipient of a Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship.

Being an International student, Thibault has been able to grow his professional network in France, the UK and now in the US and he says he’s ready to leverage the power of his global relationships.

Thibaults says his interest in innovation matches closely with Kalypso’s mission and values and he’s very thankful for Kalypso’s help in financing his studies:

“Thank you Sean, Kalypso and Stelos for awarding me this scholarship! You can be sure I will stick to the values we share.”

Congratulations again Thibault! Vous êtes incroyable!


Conjunction Junction

19 Feb

NCSU_MGIM_logo_v1aNorth Carolina State University’s Masters of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program holds a special place in my heart. Absorbed in a swirl of color, space and copy, my self-portrait as a post-undergrad graphic designer was jauntily painted. But my love of design and creative messaging was dwarfed by a fascination with innovation. Rather than developing advertisements convincing others to purchase, I slowly realized that I wanted to help create the next generation of products and services for the end user to experience. For me, the MIGM program was a platform to break through into the world of innovation and accelerate my career by landing me with a Business Analyst position at Kalypso.

The MGIM program also provided lifelong friendships with a unique group of characters that believed in the power of creativity and innovation – this is one of the many junctions where the values of MGIM and Kalypso collide. For a firm like Kalypso, such a conjunction of values and talent in one place is hard to ignore. This is the motivation behind Kalypso’s MGIM Innovators Scholarship initiative and our desire to start conversations with soon-to-be graduates of the MGIM program.

I am excited to announce that this year, Kalypso is expanding our second annual MGIM Innovators Scholarship to include an additional two thousand dollar award. It is our hope to continue grow the support and partnership between what we believe is an outstanding graduate program and Kalypso—the worlds premiere innovation consulting firm.

The Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship application can be found on the Stelos Alliance’s website here.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.


SeanKlein2012_viewpoint_jpg-120x150Sean Klein is a senior consultant at Kalypso. He holds a Master of Global Innovation Management degree from North Carolina State University and Université Paul Cézanne. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. At Kalypso, Sean arms clients with the capability to consistently measure, manufacture and drive profitable ideas into the marketplace. He also has an extensive Lego collection.

Chris Gardner – Stelos Superstar

17 Jan

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In 2011, a group of North Carolina State University alums at the innovation consulting firm, Kalypso, decided to turn their shared interests into an opportunity to award scholarships to NC State students who exemplified Kalypso’s values and passion for innovation.

Their initiative began with four undergraduate scholarships awarded in the fall of 2012 called the Kalypso Wolfpack Innovators Scholarship and recently expanded to a scholarship offering for students enrolled in the Master of Global Innovation Management (MGIM) program.  

Chris Gardner, a student in the MGIM program from Charlotte, North Carolina, was awarded the inaugural $2,000 Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship. Chris, who received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, chose to pursue an MGIM degree because he wanted to challenge himself to learn how to innovate outside of the laboratory in the world of business.

Upon receiving the award, Chris said, “As the 2012 recipient of the Kalypso MGIM Innovators Scholarship, I look forward to taking some of the weight of student loans off my back.  I’m also excited to build a relationship with the “characters” at Kalypso and learn a new perspective on innovation.”

Sean Klein, consultant at Kalypso and graduate of the MGIM program organized the scholarship and says of the initiative: “I feel my work at Kalypso benefited greatly from the global perspective on innovation and management I received from the MGIM program. We’re excited to begin a conversation with Chris as he completes the program and begins looking for post-graduate opportunities.”

When asked what natural gift Chris would like to possess he stated that he would want, “The ability to selectively remember any event from my past. I’d be too scared to have a perfect memory, because I’d spend too much time trying to forget all of my embarrassing childhood goof ups, but wouldn’t it be great to remember every detail of every book you’ve ever read? There’s simply too much for us to learn out there, and it’s all too easy to forget.”

Chris Gardner is a character with character and a true Stelos Superstar.

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