Kari Eklund Rodrique ’08

What am i doing now?

FINANCIAL ANALYST & PROGRAM MANAGER JOHN DEERE THIBODAUX, LA

Key steps in my journey:

• Internship with John Deere on Internal Audit Staff in 2007.

• Completed three rotations in John Deere’s Finance Development Program.

  o Trips to Manheim, Germany and Ningbo, China provided global perspectives that changed my career and personal outlook.

• Obtained my Master’s in Business with a focus on Global Management in 2014.

• Stepped outside my small-town Illinois comfort zone and took on challenging roles within John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin and Thibodaux, Louisiana.

• While a small dot on the map of John Deere locations, Thibodaux Louisiana has provided me an entirely new global perspective; working with colleagues in Brazil, China, Thailand and many more on a regular basis.

• Embracing a diverse and global business environment is key to positioning oneself for success.

• Be prepared for the unexpected, embrace change and challenges, and never underestimate the power of networking and relationship building.