Christiana Newcomb

MBA ’18

I grew up in the small town of Valley Center, California. I received my undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where I studied Business Administration. Prior to beginning at Vanderbilt, I worked at an Entrepreneurship Center coordinating programming and resources for start-ups and small business owners. From there I moved into a marketing/advertising agency in account management and creative roles for clients in health care, tourism and government. I came to Owen to continue my education in business development and pursue a career in Brand Management.

Serving others has always been a core value for me. While I’ve spent much time volunteering with nonprofits, I’m very interested in the intersection between business and social impact. The TFC has challenged me to look beyond traditional org structures to discover other models of giving back. Leading a TFC Trek to East TN in 2017 was a hands-on way to explore the relationship between healthcare, education and business in addressing social challenges and building stronger communities. It opened my eyes to how much more there is for me to learn about social ventures and confirmed that the TFC was a group I really wanted to grow with.

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