I grew up in a small town in Western Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Though I was on a pre-med track throughout my time at UK, as a junior I got involved with Teach For America through a summer internship and found myself extremely passionate about the organization’s mission. I ended up joining TFA as a corps member after graduation and taught high school science for two years in Appalachian Kentucky.
After my time as a teacher, I moved to Louisville, KY, where I worked in early childhood education then spent a small amount of time doing hands-on skill building with adults in suicidal crises at a behavioral health nonprofit. I decided to come to Owen to build on the people-centered background I’d built through completing a Human and Organizational Performance concentration. This summer, I’ll be completing my internship in Atlanta with Deloitte’s Human Capital practice.
My background working within nonprofits caused a bit of an identity crisis in deciding to enter business school—I continually questioned whether I was allowing myself to become a “heartless capitalist.” But, when I found the TFC and learned about its mission surrounding using market forces to alleviate poverty, I knew it would be an oasis for me within the hectic environment of business school. I’m so excited to be serving in this role on the TFC Programming Board and educating other students on all the opportunities available through the TFC and the issues that the TFC and its partners strive to address every day.