A passion for problem-solving leads to position as health care consultant

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:51am

Lauren McDevitt ’15 always envisioned herself going straight from college to law school.

Then she took a St. Olaf College course in health care economics.

McDevitt was drawn in by the course’s focus on federal health policies, current issues and controversies within the U.S. health care system, and the economic factors that lead to changes in the health care sector.

“Coming from a medical family and being interested in policy, I had always been interested in health care and health care policy, but I hadn’t read much of the literature that explains and investigates issues within the health care system,” says McDevitt. “The course was absolutely the reason why I became seriously interested in health care consulting.”

That interest led McDevitt to explore careers in the field, and she recently accepted a full-time position as a senior business analyst for OptumInsight, a health care analytics and consulting firm. The company offered McDevitt a position in the firm’s Leadership Acceleration Program, a developmental program for recent college graduates.

“I’m interested mainly in how the world works — why people do what they do and how we as informed citizens can work to fix problems with society,” McDevitt says.

Before applying to the Leadership Acceleration Program, McDevitt spoke with Nicole Radil ’12, a St. Olaf alumna who works at OptumInsight and is involved with the program. McDevitt also met with Senior Associate Director of Career Education and Coaching Kirsten Cahoon ’98 in the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, who guided her throughout the fall recruiting process.

“They showed me that this program could be a perfect fit for my interests,” says McDevitt.

Shaped by experiences
A wide range of opportunities and experiences have helped McDevitt shape her future career goals.

This summer she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. As an intern, she completed various writing and press projects and worked under several different attorneys, including U.S. Attorney Amy Gillespie ’88.

As a sophomore, McDevitt conducted a monthlong career exploration in which she shadowed various attorneys, including Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Holiday Companies Lynn Anderson ’75.

“I was able to spend time with fantastic attorneys who taught me that success should not be my goal, but rather significance,” says McDevitt.

At St. Olaf, McDevitt serves as a special events coordinator for the college’s Political Awareness Committee, and this fall she was involved with St. Olaf’s Management Consulting Club.

This spring McDevitt will be working at Zipnosis, a health care technology firm founded by Jonathan Pearce ‘01. McDevitt heard about Zipnosis at Ole Biz, a Piper Center event that enables students to meet and develop connections with alumni working for a myriad of companies.

“Consulting and law both appeal to me for similar reasons — you are able to specialize in an area and use your knowledge to help others and solve problems,” says McDevitt. “I’m looking forward to using analytical skills to get to the bottom of a problem and improve people’s lives.”

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Knights Clip Cardinals, Extend Win Streak to Three

Carleton Sports - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:28pm

Shane McSparron and Tianen Chen each tallied a game-high 14 points as the Carleton College men’s basketball team prevailed in another close conference contest, this one a 61-57 decision at Saint Mary’s University.

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Carleton convocation goes behind the scenes with a Minnesota medical examiner in “CSI Minnesota”

Carleton College News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:36pm
As part of its ongoing public convocation series, Carleton College is pleased to present Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant Hennepin County Medical Examiner, on Friday, Jan. 23. Entitled “CSI Minnesota: The True Story of Death Investigation,” Thomas’ presentation will take listeners behind the scenes in her work as a forensic pathologist for Minnesota’s largest and most populated county. Convocations held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. They are  also recorded and archived online at
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Carleton professor shadows Marco Polo’s famous 13th-century journey from Venice to Beijing (and beyond) in the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey

Carleton College News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:14pm
Carleton College is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey,” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema January 25 and 29. Shot in epic cinematic style, the three-part series explores the philosophical and historical questions about East and West, then and now, as it contemplates the meaning and implications of Marco Polo’s infamous 13th-century journey from Venice to Beijing. The series follows Carleton professor Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, as he travels to Venice to chase the shadow of Marco Polo.
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Knights Host Baseball Youth Camp

Carleton Sports - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:18pm

On Sunday, the Carleton Knights baseball team once again hosted their annual Free Youth Baseball Clinic.  Over 70 boys and girls from the Northfield community showed up for a couple of hours to receive instruction from the Carleton Baseball Team.  

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Who's That Bird of Prey?

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:27pm

A large form glides across the sky far overhead. It has a wingspan of just over six and a half feet, yet weighs less than ten pounds.

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In Case of Fire, Use Stairs: (in)Justice in the US

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:23pm

You know where you stand in the American legal system by the elevator you use in the federal courthouse.

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A Twelve-Year-Old's Take on Police Brutality

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:21pm

For the past few months, my media sources have been overrun by information about police brutality.

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In This Divestment Debate, Don’t Forget the Last One

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:17pm

The Carleton Responsible Investment Committee (CRIC) was established in 2005 to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on the management of the College’s endowment.

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A Farewell to Cups (For Now)

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:13pm

The grand reusable cups experiment of fall 2014 is over. Despite a student vote of 914-242 in favor of the initiative, $8,000 in CSA funding, and 8,000 new cups purchased, Carleton’s dining halls once again use disposable takeout cups in lieu of a reusable option.

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A Costly, Complicated Folly

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:11pm

Although it was a noble effort to reduce waste and expand environmental awareness, the reusable cups program was a costly, complicated folly.

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Alum’s Work Puzzles Generations of Carls

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:07pm

Some find it beautiful, some find it less-than-beautiful, and many have stopped noticing it or forgotten that it exists.

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With Map Research, Morse Charts New Territory

Carletonian - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 1:59pm

Since its opening in 2011, the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center for Cre- ativity has acted as a bridge across disciplines and media in order to connect the visual and liberal arts.

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Knights Pick Up Second Straight Close Win and Top Bethel, 60-57

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:51pm

First-year Kevin Grow was one of four Knights in double figures and recorded his third double-double of the season in leading the Carleton College men’s basketball team (6-7, 3-5 MIAC) to a 60-57 victory over Bethel University (9-4, 5-3 MIAC).

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Skylar Tsutsui Joins the 1,000-Point Club, but Knights Comeback Falls Short Once Again

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:40pm

Senior Skylar Tsutsui poured in a game-high 23 points and became the 13th player in Carleton College women’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points, but the Knights were unable to overcome a large halftime deficit and ultimately dropped a 71-58 result to Bethel University.

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Former White House Chef Talks Carleton, Firebellies on WCCO Radio

Carleton College News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:58am
Bill Yosses, the former White House pastry chef, appeared on Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's '92 "Off The Menu" radio show on WCCO 830 AM. Yosses, who was in residence at Carleton during that weekend, spoke about Carleton's student cooking club, the Firebellies, and their Young Chefs outreach program that combines cooking with science education. The radio show is available in podcast form on
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Knights Win 11 Events in Opening Year at Carleton Triangular

Carleton Sports - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:48am

The Carleton College men's track and field team turned in several spectacular performances at the season-opening Carleton Triangular. Among those was Jerry Cook-Gallardo, who competed in his first collegiate indoor track and field meet and won the 800-meter run as well as running a leg of the victorious 4x400-meter relay. All told the Knights posted the top result in 11 events.

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Knights Start Indoor Season in Style

Carleton Sports - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:34pm

The Carleton College women’s track and field team opened the indoor season with a team victory at the Carleton Triangular. The Knights posted the top result in eight events, including victories by Ruth Steinke in both the 1,000-meter and mile runs.

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Private College 529 Plan helps address college costs

St. Olaf College - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:15pm

The Private College 529 Plan gained attention this week with the news that the Associated Colleges of the Midwest — a consortium of academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges that includes St. Olaf — officially joined the plan.

St. Olaf has been a member of the Private College 529 Plan since its launch in 2003. It is now joined by all of the other 13 ACM institutions.

The Private College 529 Plan enables families to prepay tuition at member institutions, protecting their savings from annual tuition inflation.

“Access and affordability are important priorities for all of the ACM institutions,” says St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74, who also serves as chair of the ACM Board of Directors. “This plan is another tool that families can use in pursuing high-quality college education.”

Owned and operated by more than 275 leading private colleges and universities, the Private College 529 Plan was created by authorization of the U.S. Congress for colleges and their consortia to help families save for college and increase the affordability and accessibility of higher education.

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Celebrating Dacie Moses’ Birthday and Remembering Dixon Bond

Carleton College News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:07pm
On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses—and pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond.
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