Amanda Nicci Valiquette

Owner and Lead Consultant at Arrow Consulting

Mill Creek, Washington

Class of 2010, Communication major


As an independent buisiness consultant for tech startups, Valiquette assists with a variety of business development needs to position tech startups for growth. She says she had dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur and is now constantly searching for ways to learn and improve in order to help her business succeed.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

Helping companies reach their full potential is enormously rewarding. It requires me to push myself beyond my perceived limits, something I learned to do at SPU. Who knew I could get through all those projects, assignments, classes, speeches, and papers, and live to tell the tale? Looking back on the quality education I received at SPU and recalling how seriously all my professors took the curriculum, I am amazed at how much I was able to accomplish with the support I received.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Bill Purcell valued the learning process and helped his students absorb new ideas and concepts. He really took an interest in making his students think differently. I valued that very much and still remember many of his lessons. He was an incredibly compassionate and impactful educator. Plus, his fantastic taste in bow ties was unparalleled.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Network as much as possible and get connected with people who you can learn from.