“My LEO classes opened my eyes to all the ways companies can be mindful and sustainable”
In 2013, Alexandra Homan made the decision to attend Saint Joseph’s University with the help of three people: her mother, her grandfather and His Holiness Pope Francis.
The first time she set foot on Saint Joseph’s campus, the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, native felt at home.
Still, Homan had reservations about leaving for college and adding financial pressure on the family. Her mother and grandfather were encouraging, but she felt she needed a sign that she was making the right decision and that attending Saint Joseph’s would put her the right career path.
“My mom and I both value our faith, and we are big on signs — listening to God when making decisions,” she says.
On national college decision day, May 1, 2013, as she readied to make the decision official, Homan was alerted to a tweet by Pope Francis: “Dear young friends, learn from Saint Joseph. He went through difficult times, but he always trusted, and he knew how to overcome adversity.” Talk about a sign!
During her four years at Saint Joseph’s, Homan strived to live the values instilled in her by her family, and the Jesuit ideals espoused by Pope Francis and the Saint Joseph’s community. A leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability (LEO) and marketing major, Homan also participated in APEX, serving as a leader during her senior spring break, and was a resident assistant and an orientation leader.
As with her extracurriculars, Homan’s desire to give back guided her academic path.
“My LEO classes opened my eyes to all the ways companies can be mindful and sustainable,” she says.
She interned with Campbell Soup on The Soulful Project, an initiative that donated food to local foodbanks when consumers purchase certain products, and worked on a capstone project to help the company become B-corps certified.
After graduation, she’ll be working at L’Oreal, named one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the eighth year in a row.
Homan hopes to continue to excel at the company and is interested in becoming involved in researching consumer responses to sustainable products and initiatives as well as educating consumers.
“It’s a company and a community I could see myself growing with,” she says.