Like many students, Nathan Consalvo of Scottsdale, who this semester is earning his BS in business and supply chain management, entered his freshman year at Arizona State University unsure of what he wanted to do.
After seeing the horrors of human trafficking firsthand on a service trip to Cambodia, the Barrett, The Honors College student had his “aha” moment.
“I came back from this trip wanting to see the end of all forms of human trafficking, but I was not sure really where to start,” he said.
“Fast forward to my introductory supply chain management course where I learned how labor trafficking can be involved in an organization’s third- or fourth-tier suppliers – without the company even realizing it.
“I felt then, as I do now, that business is in a unique position to combat a lot of the injustices we see in the world and it seemed to me that supply chain was a primary avenue for combatting human trafficking.”
Nathan’s passion led him to excel across his entire ASU experience.
He was vice president of the Barrett Residential Council, a consistent line on the dean’s list, and the recipient of several scholarships – including the Department of Management Outstanding Student Scholarship, an Earl and Ellen Davis Scholarship and a Casey Self-Leadership Scholarship.
He also completed a certificate in business data analytics.
He also is the W. P. Carey School of Business Turken Family Outstanding Undergraduate Student
We caught up with the Valley native to hear more about his experience as a Sun Devil.
Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU that surprised you or changed your perspective?
Answer: I was surprised to learn about the lack of supply chain visibility, meaning oftentimes a company really does not know much about what is going on with their third-, fourth-, or fifth-tier suppliers.
It is no wonder labor trafficking is ripe within supply chains, and it makes me worry there is an even greater number of labor trafficking victims that we will never know about. It was this realization that helped solidify my perspective that both for-profit and nonprofit businesses have the ability to fix a lot of problems.
Q: Why did you choose ASU?
A: I chose ASU really because of the value. As I was getting ready to graduate high school, I looked at a variety of universities, including ones of varying sizes, degrees of exclusivity and locations. ASU really stood out to me in the way they provided a quality business program at an affordable cost.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?
A: I would say to find something they are passionate about and find a way to do as much as they can with it. Not only will this provide motivation to keep going when things get hard, but there are a lot of injustices in this world that need hope spoken into them.
When people are able to combine the things that they are passionate about with an injustice in the world, it is powerful. I truly believe this can be the generation that sees the end of modern-day slavery, the end of world hunger, and more. But only if we all make intentional sacrifices to see it happen.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: While COVID-19 definitely threw a wrench in some of my plans, I hope to continue to work for the company I am interning with right now, Tyler Technologies. Tyler is a company that focuses on providing software solutions to the public sector.
Their goals of helping people who help their communities really resonate with me, so I hope to continue to work for them in a project manager-type role.
In addition, I plan to attend the Antioch Discipleship School part-time. This year-long program focuses on personal development and is a prerequisite to work for a few organizations that combat human trafficking.
Eventually, I would love to use skills I learn at Tyler and at the Antioch Discipleship School to combat human trafficking by starting my own supply chain consulting firm and/or working for anti-human trafficking nonprofits like the International Justice Mission.
Emily Beach is a communication specialist at the W. P. Carey School of Business.