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Scheller Goes Inside The Home Depot's OrangeWorks

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The Home Depot's OrangeWorks Innovation Lab supports the company by driving innovation and developing talent through emerging technology, crafting prototypes, conducting research, and disseminating insights. It is a collaborative maker space where student interns at Georgia Tech collaborate with OrangeWorks staff to produce business solutions that improve the customer and associate experience.

In addition, their in-house engineering team consistently engages in cutting-edge research within emerging technologies, and they facilitate learning and development via innovative workshops, fostering intentional innovation practices within teams.

OrangeWorks Innovation Lab At A Glance

The Scheller x The Home Depot Connection

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Size of Lab

6,500 square foot facility

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Tech Square Presence

The Home Depot is one of the major companies to create a university-based research center at Tech Square.

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Alumni

81 Scheller College of Business alumni and 1000 Georgia Tech alumni work for The Home Depot.

The People of Scheller x The OrangeWorks Innovation Lab

Amy Hayes

MBA '23
Project Manager, OrangeWorks Innovation Lab

"During my MBA, I was preparing to pivot from my career in higher education into a corporate role. The Home Depot was high on my list of target companies. I wanted to continue to build a career in Atlanta and to be part of an organization that valued some of the same things I do, like community impact, living a balanced life, and technology innovation. With the help of my Scheller career coach, I secured a position with OrangeWorks. In my role, I am challenged by the fast-paced emerging technology landscape while being deeply fulfilled by working with interns and helping associates and customers through the various services we offer through our innovation lab. Scheller equipped me to manage ambiguity, develop strategy, and lead with a solution-oriented mindset."

Amy Hayes

Chris Evans

MBA '23
Director, Business Operations, The Home Depot

“From day one, The Home Depot's core values took me from a concentration in Finance at the Scheller College of Business to working in the aisles of our stores and back to strategy within our Store Support Center. I knew I wanted to grow with this company, and I thought Georgia Tech's emphasis on advancing technology and the human condition could help me do that. Attending Scheller for my MBA exposed me to problems other Fortune 50 companies face. It expanded my thought horizons by learning with diverse business leaders who served as my peers in the program. I entered The Home Depot program in 2020 as a manager and finished in 2023 as a director of Process Innovation, and I know it largely due to what I learned from my professors and peers at Scheller.”

Chris Evans

Kara Christopher

BSBA '21
SR HR Services Business Analyst, The Home Depot

“Growing up in Atlanta, I had a close connection to The Home Depot and Georgia Tech as they both have a strong presence in the Atlanta community. When I started looking for internships, I knew several Scheller Business alumni and current students that worked at The Home Depot and raved about the company culture. Scheller gave me the connections and tools needed to be successful in the internship program and ultimately helped land me a full-time position after graduation. Thanks to the wonderful relationship that The Home Depot has with Georgia Tech, I now have the privilege of staying closely connected to the Scheller community as an alumnus. I mentor Scheller-affiliated Home Depot interns, volunteer at the Georgia Tech career fair, and talk on panels to Scheller students about my experience working at Home Depot.”

Kara Christopher

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