Matthew Bonner ’20
Current job: Bonner ’20 is a supply network operations display project leader for Procter & Gamble’s oral care division. His job involves everything from the creation to the distribution of store displays.
Pandemic life: Bonner has been 100% virtual since starting at P&G. He’s had to learn his job, figure out its systems and work with people online. It’s not easy. And while he said P&G has worked hard to help him get acclimated, Bonner said it’s still on him to go the extra mile.
“It’s gone better than I thought but it was definitely intimidating,” he says. “I’m a people person and I was concerned about trying to build whole new relationships online. I just make the effort of doing those introductory conversations and being more intentional about meeting people.”
How Ohio State prepared him: In the Fisher College of Business, Bonner specialized in marketing and logistics. All his Capstone courses are used daily – collaborating with clients, brand teams, art teams, suppliers and distributors.
His history degree has been critical to his work because the program “prepares you to have strong problem-solving, communication and analytical skills,” he said. “I use them every day.”
Bonner got a taste of working in a virtual world before he left Ohio State, which went online the second half of the 2020 spring semester. And while learning and completing projects virtually was one challenge, being the president of the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) presented another vital experience.
“Getting used to conference calls online, having to be agile, I’ve been drawing from that experience,” he said. “That role taught me a lot about leadership, project management and teamwork skills. I’ve been leaning on my family, obviously, but also the friends I made through classes and OUAB.”
Final thought: “Ohio State can be intimidating sometimes but there’s so much available and you need to take advantage of all the opportunities, the people and the resources available. Give that extra effort to apply to things you’re interested in, such as a new class or a new organization or an internship."