Blake Guidice

Class of 2020-2021

US Naval Academy, 2018
Nuclear Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM:

One of my all time favorite quotes comes from the movie Good Will Hunting when Will says to Clark, "... at least I won't be unoriginal." The ESTEEM graduate program at Notre Dame epitomizes originality as it really is a one-of-a-kind program. As a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former naval officer, I felt like this program was the perfect business and entrepreneurship augment to my engineering and management background. The students who apply to ESTEEM every year are truly modern-day world-changers, and all share a common passion to fix things that matter and make the world a better place. Notre Dame also has one of the strongest and most lively alumni networks in the country, which will provide me with a lifelong support system propelling me to make any future goal/dream a reality.

My capstone project and why I'm excited about it:

My capstone project this year is titled Innovation as a Service and is sponsored by Avanade. Avanade is a large, international technology consulting company headquartered in Seattle, Washington with over 30,000 employees and provides IT, cloud, and digital services to nearly 50% of the world's Fortune 500 companies. Currently, an Innovation as a Service model does not exist within Avanade. The goal of my project is to determine how Avanade could construct an Innovation as a Service retainer model that they can use to increase the efficiency, longevity, and scalability of how they innovate with their clients and realize revenue. I am very excited about this project because it is relatively open-ended. I have the flexibility to really help set the scope and direction this project will take. I also have an incredible set of resources at my disposal, as Avanade is a very large and established company. I have always been fascinated with how companies adapt and integrate new technological tools as advancements are made, so this project really feels like a perfect fit.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

This is a tough question! I am passionate about many things. But realistically I could see myself working for a tech consulting company like Avanade for a couple years. I find it very exciting that Avanade is headquartered in Seattle, WA because my hometown is just 30 minutes north of Seattle! My ultimate career goal has always been to start my own business that specializes in some sort of cutting-edge technology. Spending a couple years working for a tech consulting company would be a great way to increase my knowledge of how technology companies operate and grow. That said, I am also very passionate about Christian ministry, the U.S. military, physical fitness, writing, philosophy, mental health, among other things. So I am very excited and thankful that I have this year to continue researching and engaging in my passions to hopefully make a wise decision about what the theme(s) of my next season will be!

What I like to do when I'm not working:

In the past couple years I have become very passionate about self-care. I am constantly researching and discovering new ways to life a healthier and more fulfilling life. Some of those things include working out, diet, meditation, reading, journaling, investing in life-giving relationships, and serving in the capacities I am equipped to do so. I am obsessed with discovering how Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Aristotle's Virtue Ethics can be applied to and refined in my own life and the lives of others.