The Kinethics team members came back from winter break much more prepared than we had been last August. After a successful Pitch Day, we wrote a proposal outlining how we would build and test our prototype for interactive compliance training during the next semester.

That’s right: My team of four women dreamed up a new product — a culturally-specific and interactive compliance training service — and this semester we’re working on launching it.

The bible for our training program is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law that, in very simple terms, prohibits American companies and agents from bribing foreign officials. The first thing we needed to do was learn the act ourselves.

We broke up the 100 pages of the Justice Department’s guide to the act and each wrote a “cheat sheet” for our section.

My section was the “Anti-Bribery Provisions.” It was long, complicated and intensely fascinating (at least to me). We’ve all learned that the law is much less cut-and-dry than we thought before.

I’ve always enjoyed reading, even dry material. After all, I’m a journalist. But there was something different about reading and knowing I didn’t just have to take a test or write an article at the end. The end game here is a real business.

This week-and-a-half has been a whirlwind of “real.” So real, in fact, that I can’t even write about it online.

I’ve learned more about business in the last week than I have in any of those classes. Now, I go to all of my classes and think about how they tie into Kinethics.
In Media Ethics, I think about how to use the principle of “right vs. right” in our training.

In Operations, I try to decide how we will forecast demand in the future.

We’re not just students or interns anymore. Our decisions with Kinethics will have real monetary impact.

This week has at times been stressful, exciting and tedious. But most of all, it’s been real.

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