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What is the Bloch Launchpad Orbits series?

Launchpad Orbits is a professional development series that brings Kansas City leaders right to Launchpad Scholars.  Leaders will share their insights and tips into a subject they are well-versed in to help you succeed while in Launchpad and beyond.

Upcoming Sessions

The Brand Called You

Tuesday, August 31st, 5:30-7pm
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Landing the Job

Wednesday, September 8th, 5:30-7pm
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Conflict Management

Monday, October 4th, 5:30-7pm
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Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, November 3rd, 5:30-7pm
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Is there a cost for Launchpad Orbits?

Launchpad Orbits sessions are completely free to attend, but are only open to current Launchpad Scholars, Launchpad applicants, and Launchpad Information Session attendees.

Not sure if you’re eligible to attend Launchpad Orbits?  Reach out to us at launchpad@umkc.edu.

Testimonials

Austin Valdez
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2022
Launchpad Cohort Leader, Vice Chair of Professional Development

“Launchpad provides a community of amazing students and the most involved faculty at the Bloch School. Our community has developed an atmosphere of friendship, leadership and success.”

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Harper Zimlich
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2023
Small Business Owner: Harper’s Homemade

“I chose the Bloch School and Launchpad because I immediately felt at home once I visited, I knew it would be a place I would be able to learn and grow as both a student and a person.”

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Jordan Daniels
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2021
Launchpad Cohort Leader, Vice Chair of Service Events

“My favorite aspect of Launchpad thus far has been our company visits. Being able to tour Kansas City companies and meet with professionals has been eye-opening and allowed me to figure out what I want to do post-graduation.”

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Takhmina Mussayeva
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2021
Launchpad Scholar

“As a Launchpad Scholar, you work closely with the Bloch Career Center – they are the best.  They are so welcoming and have really boosted my confidence for interviews.  With the help of the Bloch Career Center, I secured a full-time summer internship at Evergy – I’m so grateful that I was prepared when the opportunity knocked on my door!”

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Grace Yu
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2023
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Secretary

“Aside from the obvious benefits of the Launchpad scholarship, the Launchpad program is one that helps you succeed. Exclusive social and professional events, seminars, and workshops help you build connections and learn new skills.”

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Samuel Krause
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2024
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Vice Chair of Professional Development

“My favorite aspect of Launchpad has easily been the friendships that I have made. We all have something in common, so it is easy to get along with everyone!”

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Gavin Ott
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2022
Launchpad Scholar

“When deciding on a university to attend, I chose the Bloch School and Launchpad program because they offer the best tools and experience for my collegiate path to success. I am continually impressed by the enthusiasm with which our program faculty and student leadership generate engagement opportunities for us, whether they be networking events, professional enrichments, career prospects, or even social get-togethers.”

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Darby Mance
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2023
Launchpad Scholar

“One of my favorite aspects about Launchpad is the networking opportunities offered. The site visits and the mentor/mentee program are two of my favorite ways that Launchpad has helped me network. Another advantage is learning about job/internship opportunities earlier than others. This puts you ahead of the game and has helped me get an internship already.”

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Monica Gonzalez
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2022
Launchpad Cohort 2020 Leader, Chair

“My goal after graduation is to work at a Big Four accounting firm and sit for the CPA. Launchpad has prepared me for that because thanks to the great connection Launchpad has with the Career Center, I was able to land an internship at a Big Four firm. Launchpad consistently prepares you to become the best version of yourself.”

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Kyle Potts
Bloch Business Administration, Class of 2022
Launchpad Scholar

“There are countless advantages to being in Launchpad but some of the best ones are the exposure you get to industry leaders and companies in the KC area and the amount of networking with real business professionals.”

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Trevor Davis
Bloch Accounting, Class of 2023
Launchpad Cohort Leader, Chair of Cohort 2019

“The Bloch School and Launchpad are the perfect fit for my college needs. The location was a significant factor because I love Kansas City and wanted to stay local. Launchpad has also given me opportunities to connect with many business professionals in the Kansas City area.”

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