“NOW I AM ABLE TO GIVE MORE, AND MY COMPANY KICKS IN WITH A MATCH.”
Looking back at how Gustavus prepared me for my career, I appreciate that my education was so well rounded. I have fond memories of “Zen & Japanese Culture” and “God Today”–– two unrelated classes that broadened my perspective on life. My current job blends art and science, in that I have to think criti- cally about data but also hypothesize around what the data says and how to act on it. Thanks to my major in communication studies, I had plenty of practice writing, speaking, and working in groups, which are critical skills in the workplace.
Because college was such an influential and pivotal time in my life, it’s only natural that Gustavus was one of the first places I gave to after graduation. I didn’t contribute a lot (maybe $25 or $50 per year), but I wanted to get in the practice of writing that check. Charitable giving was something my parents had instilled in me growing up.
Giving is something I am so passionate about. Adobe is a phenomenal company to work for, and they are extremely generous and encouraging of philanthropic involvement. Not only do they match my donations dollar for dollar, but I can also “earn” charitable contributions by volunteering. For every 10 hours of time I serve, I am awarded $250, which I can direct to any organization of my choosing.
I also look for other opportunities to stay connected with Gustavus, even here in Indianapolis. Recently, I discovered a Gustie alum who lives around the corner from me. Our kids are about the same age and we both work remotely, so we meet up weekly to get away from our home offices. We’ve even organized events together for the local alumni chapter.
Cusack earned her degree in communication studies at Gustavus and her MBA at Butler University. She has worked for Adobe for more than a decade and now serves as a Solution Consultant specializing in business analytics. Kaela lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children.