By Amelia Hanzlick – Taylor Brown ’13 graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics, but she left the Hill with more than a diploma. With the numerous opportunities that William Jewell offers, Ms. Brown used them to learn more than what was taught in the classroom. As part of the Delta Zeta Sorority, the William Jewell Cheer Team, the Business Advisory Council, Jewell Business Today, Pryor Leadership, and Applied Civic Integration and Redevelopment, Ms. Brown received a well-rounded education that prepared her to take on the role of Programming Coordinator at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In her position at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ms. Brown is involved with the 1 Million Cups Program. This program, held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings, is an educational event “for entrepreneurs run by entrepreneurs.” Each week, one to two startups present their business and receive comments from audience members. Ms. Brown mentioned that Kansas City is one of sixty cities that offer this opportunity to entrepreneurs. Her job allows her to work with entrepreneurs, to travel, and to have the opportunity to give back to the community.
William Jewell made a lasting impact on Ms. Brown because, “It prepared me to seize opportunity and capitalize on it. Jewell, in general, instills a give-back mentality as well.” Professor Huntington had a lasting impact on Taylor as well. The advice that Professor Huntington gave her, “will definitely be passed on throughout my life.”
Taylor’s advice to students pursuing a business career: “Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Get to know your professors because they genuinely care about you and want the best for you. In all honesty, if you try hard, get good grades, get along and take an interest in others you will find the job that you want!”