Nick Naraghi, DMSB’15, served as president of the Student Government Association last year. Now, the finance student in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business is leading IDEA, Northeastern University’s student-run venture accelerator. Here, Naraghi reflects on his SGA experience and discusses his vision for IDEA and personal interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Can you reflect on your time as SGA president, and how that experience has prepared for this new role as CEO of IDEA?
Serving as the president of the Student Government Association was a great experience. It’s a unique role on campus. You’re working closely with university administrators, you’re managing officers within SGA, and you’re representing the entire student body. The ability to work effectively with people is a skill that is often taken for granted. In a leadership role, you’re not just working alongside others. You must keep them motivated and excited, give them autonomy, and play to their strengths and help them build on their weaknesses. One of the most fulfilling parts of being SGA president was seeing people grow and excel in their roles. That experience has helped be become a better leader, and it’s made me more confident in myself. That’s part of the experience I’ll be bringing to IDEA.
Originally appeared in News@Northeastern on June 25, 2014