The communications business is in Nate’s blood, and Graceland is legacy. Nathaniel Myer ’10 came to GU following his grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins, mother and siblings, and found Graceland to be “in the middle of everywhere.”
“At Graceland I woke up to the fact that it’s a small world. My GU friends are from every corner of the U.S. and every continent in the world. We all had many opportunities to shine in the small GU community that channeled the world into our classrooms. The most important thing I learned at Graceland is to say “yes” – to early morning ENACTUS (SIFE) projects, to Council Bluffs snowboarding road trips, to representing the business school in the Scholar Showcase… The moral is to stretch yourself – and hustle while you’re at it.”
Nate attributes his success to his involvement in ENACTUS, the opportunities he was given to travel with Outreach International, and the relationships he established while he was at Graceland.
“I was challenged and empowered through the ‘go do it’ attitude needed to participate and lead an ENACTUS project. It reinforced the fact that you cannot just show up with a good idea to meetings. Immediately after posing a good idea during a team meeting, the team will look to you and say, ‘OK, go do it, lead it, tell us how we can support you.’ To this day I am still working on my development of the ENACTUS ‘go do it’ attitude within a Global 500 company.”
Nate works for Ericsson, a highly successful multinational provider of communication technology and services. He has been working on a two-year program “Accelerate Global Leadership” that employs candidates from 10 regions. He was chosen as the one representative from the U.S. and currently is the account manager for Vodacom Mozambique Project: “Reaching the Last Billion.”
“Despite a tremendous growth in mobile subscriptions during the last two decades, we still find about one billion people who are not covered by mobile networks. The majority of these people are very poor, 80 percent making $2 USD per day or less. Remote communities not traditionally associated with revenue-generating potential have often been under prioritized due to uncertainties about service uptake and profitability. The technical solution enables voice and SMS services for rural villages. The solution also enables low power consumption, which allows for 100 percent solar powering – eliminating costs for generators, fuel and power-related transport, maintenance and security costs, as well as contributing to lower site lease. Looking forward, we aim to connect these rural villages with Ericsson’s Connect to Learn initiative to increase access to education in rural areas. (This should be an ENACTUS project!)”