Nabih Elhajj

Current Location: Springfield, IL
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon & Springfield, IL

UIS Degree: M.P.A. 2012 (Public Administration)

Other Degrees & Education: B.S. Eureka College, HBX CORe, Harvard Business School

Current Position
IT Business Analyst at Horace Mann Educator Corporation, lead facilitator for the Sangamon CEO program, entrepreneur and freelance consultant on startup and customer service strategy

Career Highlights
“I joined the Sangamon CEO program in 2015 with the intention of helping transform the program into an entrepreneurial hub for high school talent. Beginning my third academic year with the program, we are running our largest class yet with 50 students from 13 high schools, we’ve secured dual credit certification from Lincoln Land Community College, and successfully launched CEO vs Sharks–an academic-based, Shark-Tank-like event for our students. In addition to my work with the Sangamon CEO program, I’ve helped to plan and launch the Innovate Springfield Incubator in downtown Springfield, as well as worked with numerous entrepreneurs both locally and globally. Finally, I joined Horace Mann nearly two years ago to launch a Customer Experience team, and today, the group has grown from an ad-hoc effort to an established department.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“UIS has many great professors who are passionate about the work they do. They are extremely knowledgeable, and they have a keen sense of recognizing talent and growing it. While at UIS, I had the opportunity to co-author a study on lean operations, ‘The Prevalence of Lean Practice in U.S. Manufacturing.’ Our study was published in the International Decision Science Institute, and it was in the proceedings of their conference at Bali, Indonesia. I also had the opportunity to launch my first startup as an Entrepreneur in Residence for a local company through a UIS connection. All of these opportunities have played a significant role in preparing me for my ever-evolving and challenging career”

Memories of SSU/UIS
“Working on research at UIS was very valuable to me. It helped me explore talents I didn’t know that I had. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed my entrepreneurship class at UIS. I got to work with a group of students on launching a startup. Our idea was robotics-based, and we were able to create schematics and a 3D model to pitch our concept.”

Interesting Fact
“I enjoy reading books on business theory and leadership, as well as political theory. I spend my free time weight lifting, biking and running, and I tend to be a social bee in public settings. I am inquisitive, so I enjoy traveling, meeting new people and learning about their life journey.”

 

Posted on October 30, 2017