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Kate (Carrico) Broshears '06 inspires Scecina students to follow opportunity

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

Kate (Carrico) Broshears ’06 knows her life path has veered off in unexpected directions. She was smart enough to know that, when opportunity knocks, you should open the door. 

 Kate (Carrico) Broshears '06 talks with students about her Scecina and college experience and how her path took her to her current position at Ascend Indiana, a startup company that matches Indiana employees with employees.

She’s now vice president of external relations for Ascend Indiana, a nonprofit that connects college students and early-in-career job-seekers with employers, kind of like Match.com does for couples. Broshears addressed the opportunities that are out there when she spoke at a Scecina Business Connection event and then to juniors and seniors in the Business Management class recently. 

As a Scecina student, Broshears thought she would become a teacher and coach, like her father, Rick ’67. Her path after Scecina took her to DePauw University as an economics major. She then became an Orr Fellow and worked at Compendium, an Indianapolis software company, now acquired by Oracle. Next, she worked as an intern with the Indianapolis-based NCAA before pursuing a master’s degree in business administration and another master’s degree in sport administration. Next, after getting her master’s degrees, she returned to the NCAA as assistant director of Division III Governance Communications. When a friend approached her about joining the nonprofit startup, she left the NCAA and took a chance on herself. 

“Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is when you grow the most,” she told Scecina students. She said she knew Ascend was giving her the opportunity to build something and “get in on the ground floor as employee No. 5.” At Scecina she was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and track, learning lessons about hard work, team work and the “ability to work through hard things.” She said her sports career at Scecina, as well as academics, prepared her for her success in college and life. 

At Ascend she helps create opportunities by connecting Indiana employers with the right talent. Indiana companies say they have plenty of jobs, but people don’t have the correct skills to fill those available positions. Ascend also shows Indiana college graduates that there are good jobs right here in their state. 

That’s where Ascend is working to make a difference and make those connections. Broshears is a self-described “huge Indy advocate” who says she is happy to stay in Indiana and take an active role in making her community a better place. 

“It’s kind of cool how she’s giving back to the community,” said Wyatt Causemaker, a Scecina senior in the Business Management class. Broshears’ parting advice to the students was:

  • Do great work 
  • Bloom where you’re planted 
  • Growth happens when you’re uncomfortable 
  • Be a source of hope and encouragement for others. 

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