Former Student Interview: Gina Heitkamp

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gina Heitkamp, CEO & Co-Founder of Middle School Moguls. I first met Gina when she was an MBA student in my Marketing on the Internet class at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Gina’s two-year-old start-up, incubating at UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation Center, is a toy & media company that makes books, dolls and online entertainment that support entrepreneurship and technology learning for girls 6-10.

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BACKGROUND: One of the benefits of having taught for a number of years is that I have ended up with many former students. All of them go on to do great/interesting things and I have been fortunate enough to have remained in touch with some of them. In this “former student interview” series, I feature their accomplishments and struggles so that others may be inspired or possibly even learn from their trials and tribulations. Ultimately, my favorite part of teaching has always been to watch others succeed as a result of my contribution, however small.