Seth Pennock

Seth Pennock ’16 learned many of the skills he uses today with the Mount Mercy University chapter of Enactus, where he was able to develop a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship and service to others. Eventually, his involvement with the global organization would open the door to where he is now—Scrum Master for Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

As a student, Pennock was committed to leaving his comfort zone and joined Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world. He landed the vice president of finance position his junior year, gaining valuable project management, team building and entrepreneurial skills. His senior year, Pennock became president of the organization.

As president, Pennock worked closely with Nate Klein, assistant professor of business and advisor for Enactus. Klein said people were drawn to Pennock’s charisma and style of leadership.

“His senior year he took on the role of president where he thrived, engaging students to not only get passionate about the activities within the club, but also to utilize their strengths to make an impact on the team,” Klein said. “He is a big idea person and always encouraged others to think big while being able to effectively connect with community members to make ideas into reality.”

Under Pennock’s guidance, the club received its highest ever ranking in a national competition. The team took top 12 during the 2016 Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, in May.

“I really think without Enactus I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Pennock said. “I think I would’ve stayed closer to my comfort zone with entrepreneurship and not branched out to servant leadership. And I would’ve never come to Arkansas and had the chance to talk with directors at Walmart.”

After graduating in 2016, Pennock immediately started his journey in the workforce. While at the Enactus regional competition in Rogers, Arkansas, he was offered a job for Wal-Mart, the number one retailer in the world. Amazed and excited by the news, he knew it was an opportunity he had to take.

 “At Walmart they have adopted this new idea of methodology called Agile,” he said about his job. “It is the concept of being open to change in scope, project and focus. It provides real time feedback from your business partner, so if they want to change something they can – quickly. It takes a lot of what you learned in typical project management and kind of turns it upside down.

“Wal-Mart gave me a huge opportunity and continues to provide new and exciting challenges every day. The company is continuously evolving and growing so it makes for a really great place to start a career.”

In addition to his career, Pennock decided to continue his education and is working toward an MBA from John Brown University in Rogers, Arkansas. He also plans to get his doctoral degree, with the goal of preparing students to succeed in their career, much like the professors who influenced him.

“I think that this is my calling, because I was impacted so heavily by my college professors,” Pennock said. “I look back and admire the help they gave me. I would love to give back to students and help them with the transition from school to work.”

Pennock’s advice to current students is simple.

“Buckle up,” he said. “It isn’t your typical bike ride in the park, and don’t be afraid to rely on those training wheels. Sometimes going slow can be the best thing. Not only do you have to learn about work, but also about the company, the culture, a new area and more importantly, yourself. Don’t get in the mindset that you are too good for anything, or get complacent. Take the leap and just try to land on your feet.”

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