Think Strategically, Not Tactically

Seamus Brugh JD '17, MBA '17

Stay open, be flexible, and adjust to new information as it comes in, because you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

Plenty of grad students enter their programs with some “life seasoning” — these students are usually a little older, a little wiser, and have a lot more savvy. Then there’s Seamus Brugh JD '17, MBA '17. At one point homeless (by choice), he graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Law school at USF followed, where he became very involved in advocacy programs, eventually serving as a legal intern for San Francisco's Homeless Advocacy Project for the Bar Association of San Francisco. At the same time, he was also earning an MBA from USF’s School of Management — from which he launched his own corporate communication consulting business, Vulpine Blue.

What’s your favorite USF memory?
A general memory involves simply interacting in class with my law professors. There are some who are not only inspiring but also inspired. I like to watch someone revel in his or her area of expertise and find joy in passing it on. That level of sustained passion is infectious. 

What are your plans after graduation?
My plan is to continue to grow my company, Vulpine Blue. We’re focused on designing and facilitating collaboration within companies to create an open exchange of ideas between teams or departments who don’t traditionally communicate well.

How do you want to change the world from here?
A dream goal is to figure out a way to get people to engage with the world around them more analytically, which would entail being more aware of their own biases and inherent filters. I’d love to scale our methods of self-awareness we currently provide clients to help change the world.

What’s your best advice to incoming USF students?
I’d advise them to be ready to work, not to relax. Think strategically, not tactically — aim for the life you want, not for the first job you want.

Stay open, be flexible, and adjust to new information as it comes in, because you never know when or where inspiration will strike. You could be sitting in a tax law class you took only begrudgingly when something just clicks, and then you wind up as the happiest senior partner in a tax firm, all because you remained open to a possibility when it presented itself.