Hopeful and Socially Conscious Entrepreneur
Being a business owner and social entrepreneur has allowed me to collaborate with an amazing team of friends and colleagues; to promote values such as diversity, inclusion and equity; and to work toward building a community that is welcoming and supportive for all.
When I was in college, my dad convinced me to take Business Accounting. One week into the class, I knew the accounting world was not my thing. But that brief exposure to business did ignite an entrepreneurial spark in me that has never been extinguished.
Since then, my entrepreneurial spirit has come alive throughout my career in social, political, and academic settings. Having built many academic programs and having raised a good deal of funding for higher education initiatives, I figured it wouldn’t be difficult to transfer those skills and start up a few businesses in the private sector. Wink, wink…. ;)
Okay, I’ll admit that side hustles aren’t easy. However, they have been incredibly fulfilling for me. I value the chance to pursue my passions in community-building, education, social justice, and personal empowerment to create organizations that positively impact the community and people’s lives. Being a business owner and social entrepreneur has allowed me to collaborate with an amazing team of friends and colleagues; to promote values such as diversity, inclusion and equity in higher ed and elsewhere; and to work toward building a community that is welcoming and supportive for all.
While I love my day job as a university professor (on most days), I’m finally getting to scratch my entrepreneurial itch, and it feels great! I look forward to seeing where these projects will take me and those I’m fortunate enough to partner with, as well as those we are fortunate enough to interact with and serve. To learn more about these endeavors and what they offer students, recent graduates, institutions, employers, and members of the community, visit the Social Impact Businesses page.