Catalyst for Change
Stepping onto campus in 2009, Anthony Isherwood ’14 MSA ’14 pledged Sigma Nu fraternity, became the pledge class treasurer, and dove into the finances of Greek life. Active in special events for the Interfraternity Council, three years ago, he discovered an opportunity to be a sales representative for Gainlight Studios, a branding, apparel, and design company owned by Derek Oddo ’09 and Matt Lakics ’09. After the November 17 tornadoes swept through the Midwest, Isherwood found himself helping with relief efforts when the company decided to create “Central Illinois Strong” T-shirts to build awareness and raise funds.
“A week after the devastation, I was involved in sending T-shirts to people from Maine to Guam. It is just unbelievable to see the support the world has for central Illinois,” Isherwood said. “By the end of 2013, we had sold more than 1,700 shirts and donated $11,056.35 to the American Red Cross to show community support.”
During his junior year, Isherwood — a major in the University’s 3:2 accounting program — was invited to join Bradley’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. He soon became a member of the executive board and vice president of professional events, and has had numerous opportunities to connect with successful alumni. In fact, he has accepted an external audit position at Deloitte in Chicago, a company employing many Bradley alumni.
“Bradley has an amazing alumni network; they reach out to us and ask how they can help,” he said. “We are able to compete, and I have benefited from Bradley’s small classroom feel and worldwide presence.”