One of my favorite moments of the past year was driving down Troost and seeing the tulips that were planted to signify community involvement and commitment to developing and making their space better. I am sure it is a partly due to my Dutch heritage that this struck me, but more deeply it hit on my passion to see things flourish. I was struck by the idea again this summer as I dug into some research on what we are doing on campus around the concepts of creativity and innovation. I had conducted interviews with students and one theme that emerged from our conversations was this idea of flourishing. Two particular quotes are worth noting as they nicely capture the heart of our program. Continue reading
Mr. Jason W. Best ’90
Mr. Jason W. Best delivered the keynote lecture at the Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m in the Yates-Gill College Union. Mr. Best is a technology entrepreneur who co-authored the crowdfund-investing framework used in the JOBS Act to legalize securities-based crowdfunding in the U.S.A. He and his business partner led the 460 day grass roots campaign to change 80 year old securities laws in the United States. He has twice been invited to provide US Congressional testimony on early-stage finance, consulted with current and former SEC Chairpersons and Commissioners and attended the White House Rose Garden ceremony for President Obama to sign The JOBS Act into law, on April 5, 2012. Since then, professional investors, large corporations, financial institutions, government ministries and multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank, engage CCA to create successful investing, policy and educational strategies in early-stage finance. CCA has worked on innovative finance advisory initiatives in over 25 countries. Jason co-founded the University of California, Berkeley Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial Finance and currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
By Sabrine Navarro — Trevor Adams has landed himself an opportunity of a lifetime. The junior from Oak Grove, MO has packed up his bags for a semester to intern with the rejuvenated National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Charlotte Hornets. Growing and building a sound network as a college student can be difficult to manage when dealing with a full course load. But sometimes getting a foot in a door may be just enough to get the ball rolling. For Adams, his network has expanded over the past year. From a position at the William Jewell athletic department, to an acclaimed intern position at the Hornets, Adams has been making leaps and bounds in his ability to acquire connections. Continue reading
By Emma Alley — The Kansas City Chiefs are expanding their kingdom, with the help of a partnership with DraftKings and William Jewell students. DraftKings, a fantasy football league that is played online, is able to use this partnership to increase awareness for their brand. This is a golden opportunity for the company, which has been operating for 18 months, to get more people invested in the game. Even more so, it is an opportunity for students at William Jewell who interested in getting first hand experience with sports business and marketing. Continue reading
Professor Keith Washburn
By Amber Krigbaum — Professor Keith Washburn, a Kansas City native, has joined the Accounting faculty this school year. Washburn serves as the Visiting Professor of Accounting in Leadership and Business. Washburn received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Missouri. Before assuming his role as a professor, Washburn obtained a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine and worked as a certified public accountant before starting his own firm.
Washburn came to Jewell because he loved the department and the faculty he would get to work alongside. His favorite thing about Jewell is “driving up on the beautiful campus.” When asked what he would do to improve Jewell, Washburn jokingly commented that the campus needs motocross and free beer on Fridays. Jewell welcomes the fun, experienced professor to our campus. Continue reading
By Annali Dolman — Between May 31st and August 3rd 2015, senior Nonprofit Leadership majors Hannah Bruins and Ellen Stewart engaged in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, traveling and interning with Kohala Mountain Educational Farm (KMEF), located in Kohala, Hawaii.
While there, Hannah and Ellen lived on Kahua Ranch and assisted KMEF transition from a forprofit organization to a not-for-profit organization. They were responsible for writing the organization’s mission and vision statements, bylaws, as well as job descriptions for the future board members. Additionally they planned, organized, and held three information sessions for the local community. Hannah and Ellen also helped out on the farm whenever they were needed. Continue reading
By Annali Dolman — This August, William Jewell College was ranked number 23 in Startup Schools: America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015 by FORBES magazine. FORBES ranked the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on the entrepreneurial ratios – the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). William Jewell College currently has approximately 200 business, accounting, and economic majors with between 15 and 20 students minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership. There are several faculty members who work with the business program; however, there are 2 primary faculty members who lead the entrepreneurial program: Dr. Gregg Whittaker and Professor Landon Young. Continue reading