Featured alum: Lisa Updike '03
"Work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people," is the career advice of Lisa Updike '03, one of the 2010 "40 under 40" of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, which recognizes young professionals who exceed in their careers.
A career in a law office was far from Updike's plans when Updike entered Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis after receiving her MC degree in finance, magna cum laude. But the logic of it all struck her when she served as a summer associate for Barnes & Thornburg during her law studies.
Today, Updike is an associate attorney with the Fort Wayne offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. Her goal: to become a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, with her own list of clients to bring in her own case work to the law firm.
"Lisa is a perfect example of Manchester College fulfilling its mission," says Randy Brown '87, partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Fort Wayne. "Though still early in her legal career, Lisa is dedicated both to leading a productive career in the law and to improving the community in which she lives."
Updike serves as a member of the Downtown Development Committee of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Indiana Bar Association. She also is vice president of the 650-member Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.
"She is a true community activist, involved in local politics, leadership groups and business development, all of which support Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana," says Brown, a member of the Manchester College Board of Trustees.
Manchester College success is in the Updike heritage: Her mother, Connie Carroll '71 Updike, is chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management for Huntington University. Her dad, Terry Updike '70, is plant manager of B&B Fertilizer in Huntington.