Education

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

PhD, Entrepreneurship, 2015–present
Fields - Creative Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, Qualitative Research
Activities: Social Inc. - Co-founder

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

MA, Arts Administration and Policy, 2013–2015
Thesis: "Creative Social Enterprise in Scotland: An Exploration Into How Glasgow’s Creative Social Enterprises Cultivate The Social Economy"
Activities: The Black Lady Caucus – Co-Founder
Travel: Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland

University of Evansville, Evansville Ind., USA

BS, Theatre Management, 2007–2011; Minor, Business Administration

Thesis: "Theatre as Cultural Diplomacy"
Activities: Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter – President
Travel: Italy, England, Greece, The Netherlands

Honors & Awards

University Studentship, University of Strathclyde/Strathclyde Business School, 2015–2018
Recognition of Leadership, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2014
Certificate of National Service, Corporation for National & Community Service, 2012 & 2013
Honorable Kentucky Colonel, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, University of Evansville, 2007–2011
Theatre Scholarship, University of Evansville, 2007–2011

Research Experience

University of Strathclyde

Doctoral Researcher, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, 2015–present Designing and developing research in the areas of Creativity within Social Enterprises throughout Scotland. Building expertise in qualitative research, social theory and philosophy, and entrepreneurship.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Graduate Student, Department of Arts Administration, 2013–2015 Conducted postgraduate research in the areas of Social Enterprise and Creative Industries, focusing on creative social enterprises in Glasgow, Scotland. Developed expertise in the landscape and environment of creative social enterprises in post- independence referendum Scotland.

University of Evansville

Undergraduate Senior Research Project, Department of Theatre, 2010–2011 Completed research about the utilization of theatre artists for American cultural diplomacy; themes included: cultural identity, international policy, and diplomacy.

Assistant Dramaturge, Department of Theatre, Fall 2010 Researched and compiled information about William Shakespeare and the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Assisted Dr. Diane Brewer to create and distribute actor packets, and worked with dramaturgy team to curate audience displays and program information.

Teaching

Graduate Tutor

"New Venture Planning", Spring 2016
"Creativity and Innovation Management", Fall 2015

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, 2015-present Lead tutorial classes within a set framework for groups of 15+ students. Prepared and presented topics related to key lecture and course materials. Contributed to setting and marking assignments. Monitored student progress and provided both written and oral feedback.

Teaching Assistant

"Theatre History II"

Department of Theatre, University of Evansville, Spring 2011 Performed all regular duties of a TA for a class of 40 third-year undergraduate students including conducting occasional lectures, marking, researching and curating technology and media resources, creating study guides, and assisting with test preparation.

Professional Experience

Finance Manager, Redmoon Theater, Chicago IL, 2014–2015

Implemented and maintained all financial record keeping, including managing accounts payable and receivable, tracking income for accuracy, and creating reports. Executed and managed business documentation and licensing, including preparing data for annual audit of financial statements and tax return filing. Researched best practices in financial management and human resources management and implement recommended changes. Developed and managed human resources documentation and policies.

Visual Communication and Policy Intern, Arts Alliance Illinois, Chicago IL, Spring 2014

Designed and edited policy collateral for Arts Alliance Illinois including: Arts Education Policy Brief, Illinois Creative Economy Roundtable Member biographies and head shots, Arts Public Funding infographic.

Administrative Assistant, SAIC Department of Continuing Studies, 2013–2014

Facilitated daily operations of the Continuing Studies department, including: enrollment scheduling, preparing reports, memos, letters, and financial statements. Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email.

Housing Services Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville, Louisville KY, 2011–2013

Trained 50+ Habitat potential homeowners to complete 400 sweat equity hours (each) including construction education and financial literacy. Designed and implemented homebuyer marketing campaigns, which resulted in a 30% increase of qualified Habitat applicants. Served as an outreach coordinator to cultivate relationships with multicultural residents throughout Louisville, KY, by developing events and activities with community organizations including designing and planning a community festival.

Community Leadership

Co-Founder, The Black Lady Caucus, 2014-2015

Founded and organized a network of students, alumni, and community leaders to investigate and contemplate current events and culture surrounding the black female identity.

AmeriCorps Member, Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, 2011–2013

Served along 50+ Habitat homebuyers to ensure they each completed the required sweat equity hours (400+ hours in total) within a year of joining the homebuyer program, by developing and managing the homebuyer education program. Served as the outreach coordinator for Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) in Metro Louisville.

President, University of Evansville Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, 2010–2011

Founded and cultivated the University of Evansville Habitat for Humanity Campus chapter including recruiting over 100 members. Planned and executed a successful fundraising campaign to raise money from local Evansville businesses to establish the official campus chapter.

Conferences & Presentations

Papers Presented

[forthcoming"Phenomenological Methodology: Crafting the story of Scotland's Creative Social Enterprises", Sep. 2016
International Social Innovation Research Conference; Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow, United Kingdom

[forthcoming"Entrepreneurial Axiology: Hybrid values in creative social enterprise", Oct. 2016
39th Annual Conference for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Paris, France

Panels, Lectures, & Talks

Panelist, “Successful Financial Literacy Programs”, Nov. 2013
National Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Conference; Atlanta, GA

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, AmeriCorps Alums, 2013–present
Member, University of Evansville African American Alumni Association, 2011–present