After graduating from Ohio State University with a marketing degree in 2009, I immediately joined the U.S. Army because I felt a passion for serving my country and intrinsic desire to lead soldiers in a noble cause. As I embark on my next career, I find myself drawn to careers in which I can make a social impact and inspire others to change the world for the better. Although my military service is over, I am not finished serving and helping others in need.
As an adopted child, I experienced the impact of people serving to improve the lives of children. Through combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, I witnessed the devastation of homelessness, poverty, and social inequality. Because of this, I started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and the Nashville Rescue Mission for over the last three years. While my experiences with these organizations have been some of the most rewarding of my life and opened my eyes to a new career path, I owe it to my military background for equipping me with the tools to make a difference and establishing the foundation for my transition from a military leader to a market leader.
After separating from the U.S. Army in July 2018, I was only certain about one thing. I wanted to attend the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures was the main differentiator in making Owen my top choice. Being a member of the Turner Family Center has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my first year as an MBA candidate. Additionally, I cannot wait to help carry on the legacy of the Turner Family Center and build on the accomplishments of my predecessors. While I know that this is going to be quite the challenge, I am ready and excited to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems regarding poverty alleviation through market forces with a motivated group of Vanderbilt graduate students.