Harvard Grad Helps Local Minneapolis-Based Business Work Abroad

Updated: 01/29/2013 9:27 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

A Harvard University grad has helped a local Minneapolis-based business work with the world’s poorest countries to educate their youngest citizens and make Minnesota businesses better locally too.

Jeff Sales is the new president of Seward Incorporated, a business that provides technical, informational and instructional design for a variety of public and private organizations.                                                                                                                

“My entire career has been dedicated to responding to problems and creating solutions,” Sales said. “I am thrilled to bring those talents to Seward, working to help businesses with local headquarters reach the next level.”

Seward has been working internationally to restructure educational programs, develop specialized curriculum and expand local e-learning capabilities. Places they’ve worked in recently are: The Federated States of Micronesia, Zambia and Jordan.

“They (Seward) help them develop a specialized curriculum,” Seward spokesperson Michelle Lawless said. “They’ve been working with grant programs, they actually go into the countries and set up the e-learning programs.”

Here in the U.S., Sales plans to guide Seward to focus its time on solving problems for businesses at home. 

"If their (companies) clients are having trouble understanding their mission as a business, he’s known as the problem solver,” Lawless said. “He helps them find what’s going to be good for employees.”

Those who wish to become part of Seward’s mission can start with applying for internships in the Twin Cities. Lawless said they like to give local college students a chance to get experience working for a company that can help others.