GLEN ELLYN, IL. Summer, 2014 – From the instant they walked in the door at Magenium Solutions, you could see it in the student’s faces: they knew the place was special. This summer, nine students from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, visited business leaders in Seattle and Chicago to see how U.S. companies are run. Magenium Solutions was pleased to be included as part of the summer tour.
As part of the E2 Educational Services program, the very best students who have been studying leadership and practical business are selected for the annual program. The goal is to learn the skills needed to compete in today’s global marketplace. “It’s an incredibly valuable experience for students still living in the legacy of a broken Soviet system,” said Josh Goetsch of E2. “They get to see the concepts and ideas they learned in theory actually at work. Most importantly they learn there is a way to be more successful by holding to your beliefs and values. That is revolutionary.”
Inga, one of the quietest students, was especially responsive to the business insights, personal stories, and forward thinking of Tim Traxinger, a managing director of Magenium. Shortly after Tim spoke to the group, Inga boldly walked up to the large touch screen in the front of the conference room and began to write. She said the space itself was an invitation to create, to act, to not be held back by convention. But most importantly, because of Tim’s living example of standing for his values, Inga felt permission to express herself and fully participate.
“Many people talk about a company where everyone feels valued. Magenium proved it in ten minutes as a cautious student became a fully alive person in the place Tim and his team created,” stated Mr. Goetsch. “Our students could barely contain themselves as they soaked in an environment that changed their whole concept of work and space. Magenium was one of the best experiences of the 2014 summer trip.”
E2 Educational Services is a 501c3 Corporation that has contributed to university education in Kazakhstan for nearly 20 years. For more information about the organization, please visit http://e2es.org.