Meet Louis Brotherton
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Louis Brotherton is the youngest of five children and “a proud uncle of three nieces and a nephew.” His family hosts one of the Northwest’s premier small music festivals, Doebayfest. In April 2012, Louis won the 2012 Capitalism with a Conscience Essay Contest and a $1,500 prize for his piece, “The Conscience of Business: What is the Role of Business Today?” The piece presents a logical argument as to how capitalism enables and encourages the pursuit of both corporate and social goals.
Has a west coast boy turned southern?
Despite years of resistance, I now say “y’all,” enjoy sweet tea and sing along to country music.
Tell us about the Wake Forest Ethics Debate Team.
My senior year, I joined the Wake Forest Ethics Debate Team as a founding member and president. Undergradaute students from diverse disciplines participate in “ethics bowl” debate competitions nationwide. I’ve always had a passion for debate, and this was a fantastic avenue to both develop and deploy my public speaking abilities. The team spent many hours preparing for these competitions and debating contemporary ethical issues. We won the North Carolina competition and placed second in the South Eastern Regional.
Did you travel? If so, how did your experiences impact your education?
I fondly remember two profoundly shaping trips from my sophomore year. The first was a trip with the MBA program to Spain, where we studied Spanish energy policy and renewable energy. We visited with several multinational corporations and government regulators. While there, I developed a deep passion for energy, and I hope to work in the industry. The second was a trip to the KPMG International Case Competition with the business school. After winning the National Championship, my three teammates and I competed in the international finals in Athens, Greece. We competed against teams from around the globe and won the International Championship.
What are your best memories of Wake Forest?
I have been blessed to study under many amazing professors. In the business school I had outstanding professors including the entire finance and accounting staff. Outside of academics, I’ll miss late spring weekends, playing sports on Fridays, the Dan River, mock trials and other competitions, and free time.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Next year I will join Brookwood Associates in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brookwood is a middle market investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
Your best advice for a new student starting in the fall…
Get acquainted with career services during your first year on campus.