Worden Sees Business as an Agent of Change
During his Creighton years, Perry Worden, BSBA’21, found that a passion for business and service are complementary.
Community and relationships are important to Perry Worden, BSBA’21. They are why he came to Creighton from his hometown of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, over four years ago, and why he remained in Omaha after graduation to work as an investment banking analyst at Bridgepoint.
Coming from a small, Christian high school, Worden gravitated to Creighton because it had a similar close-knit atmosphere. Creighton, he says, “felt homey, like I could really blossom in a small community.”
Having experienced this sense of belonging during his college years, he sought a work environment that would build upon his definition of community. Worden interned at Bridgepoint for two years prior to accepting full-time employment with the boutique investment bank. He first served as an investment banking analyst intern his junior year and then as a summer analyst.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the people and organization I have built close relationships with through my internships and am looking forward to learning from people who truly have a real impact on the Omaha community and beyond,” Worden says.
Channeling his business education to benefit others is a priority for Worden. He chose finance in large part because he saw how his father, a banker, had a positive impact on the financial lives of his clients. He says that the Jesuit education he received at Creighton “truly taught me to discern and find ways in which I might be an agent of change.”
Service and faith have played significant roles during his undergrad years. Active in Campus Ministry, Worden led two Encounter retreats. He participated in the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality and a Schlegel Center for Service and Justice trip to the Winnebago Indian Reservation. His extensive volunteer efforts – Juan Diego Center food pantry worker, COVID-19 vaccination clinic staffer, Moving Veterans Forward volunteer, to name a few – earned him a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility.
“Service teaches me to think outside myself and provides me with an avenue to find what I’m passionate about,” says Worden. “Plus, I truly believe God calls us to take care of the poor and marginalized, and I better listen to that call.”
To wit, Worden discovered his senior thesis topic for the Institute for Economic Inquiry’s Menard Family Business Research Fellows Program while at Winnebago. He decided to study the economic development on indigenous lands through the lens of Ho-Chunk, Inc., a tribe-owned economic development corporation. The resulting paper, “Economic Development on Indigenous Lands: Tribal Sovereignty and the Catholic Social Tradition within the Tribal Economic Development Corporation,” garnered Worden a Best Platform Presentation Award at the 2021 St. Albert’s Day research competition.
“I found that my topic was a marriage of the intellectual nature of economic policy research and my newfound passion for using business to promote the common good,” he says. “It encapsulates one of the many reasons I wanted to come to Creighton and get involved in things like this.”
Get involved, he did. A member of Beta Theta Pi, he participated in Greek life. He co-founded and served as vice president of Creighton Investment Banking Society, and he visited Australia as part of a business travel course. In his “free time,” he established Blue Jay Worldwide, LLC, an ecommerce platform for men’s professional and business attire, to “make a little bit of cash and learn how to run a business.”
He calls Creighton “life-changing” not just for the academic skills he acquired but also for the lessons he learned about who he is and what he believes.
“It was at Creighton where I found my closest friends, truly tapped into the real me, figured out what it was I truly value and rekindled my faith in Christ,” says Worden.