Carly A. Cripe ’18
Senior People Advisor, Arrow McLaren (IndyCar Team)
How did Butler prepare you for your career?
I found my passion with HR and Motorsports when I learned of an internship opening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway my senior year of college. Throughout my six months at the track, I instantly knew I found my passion for an industry I thrived in and was well-prepared for through Butler’s academic preparation.
What is exciting about my current job is that I am now helping others find their passion in motorsports as well. Arrow McLaren is committed to improving their DE&I initiatives not only with the IndyCar series, but within all series that fall under the McLaren Racing umbrella. On a local level, we are striving to source and recruit more women that have a passion for the motorsports industry. Additionally, Arrow McLaren has recently formed a very exciting partnership with a non-profit group called Path 2 Pits to involve more underrepresented and minority college-aged individuals on a path within the motorsports industry.
What knowledge or skills gained at Butler have been most useful in your career?
I wholeheartedly believe Butler’s liberal arts education prepared me through immersion in well-rounded classes. In addition to my courses, Butler did an amazing job hosting job fairs, networking events, and more to give students the experience to form connections and get their names out there.
What is the most important thing you learned at Butler?
The most important thing I learned at Butler is that anything is possible. I received so much support and encouragement from my professors. Their constant encouragement to follow your passions led me to where I am today.
What is something you loved being part of at Butler?
I served as a Butler Student Ambassador through the Office of Admission and led tours to prospective students. Being able to share my love and passion for Butler to others was one of my favorite experiences.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in pursuing a career in this field?
Never give up. Networking is such a great way to form connections and get your presence out there. Do not be afraid to be vulnerable and reach out to people that work in an industry of your preference on social media or other professional platforms. A little will go a long way!