Jane Gehlhausen has been involved with international affairs for more than two decades. After graduating from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in 1983, she went to work for Walker Information, Inc. While at Walker, Jane successfully managed and developed over 20 international partnerships, which is how she discovered her passion for international affairs.In 2004, she obtained her MBA from Anderson University while the program was being offered at the Walker location; an opportunity that was too good to pass up. After 25 years at Walker, Jane made the transition to serve as the Director of International Affairs for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Her role as director is to promote the city of Indianapolis as an international city, enhance the partnerships with Indy’s eight sister cities across the world, and to provide outreach to Indy’s local international communities, as well as arts and culture groups.
“I love Indianapolis and to be able to combine the passion I have for our city as well as international affairs is pretty nice. It’s an ideal job for me.”
Throughout her career, Jane has had numerous learning opportunities outside of her MBA classes. And she enjoys sharing the insight she has gained through those experiences. The two most important thoughts are:
- Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom to get your foot in the door.
- Keep asking yourself what it is you want to do in life. There are lots of opportunities and if you keep asking yourself what it is you want to do, you’ll be very successful in doing something you’re passionate about.
The AU MBA Program is proud of alum such as Jane Gehlhausen. She is proof of how hard work, passion and continuous learning can lead your career to places where you hope to go.