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The chairman, CEO and lead designer of an iconic Texas-based jewelry brand is adding another role to her resume.
Kendra Scott herself (no, this isn’t a dream) will be co-teaching a Women in Entrepreneurship course at University of Texas at Austin. And as someone who, over the last 20 years, has turned a $500 bedroom startup into a billion dollar company, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about running a business.
The three-credit course will be taught online and open to 30 students interested in starting their own company.
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“The class will immerse students in the core tenets of creating a new business, will expose the obstacles and challenges women face in contemporary society and will offer strategies to overcome them,” UT Austin stated on their website. Adding that [it] “aims to confront common gender biases and conditioning, provide actionable advice in the face of the roadblocks women face and empower students to see larger possibilities for their career.”
This isn’t the first time Scott has partnered with UT Austin. They collectively created the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute in 2019, which was designed to teach women how to overcome cultural, financial and personal barriers they could potentially face in business.
“I’m honored to join the university as a professor of practice, and am so excited for the opportunity to work directly with this next generation of courageous leaders,” Scott said, per UT Austin’s website. “We’ve seen a real hunger for programming and classes that lift up and support aspiring female entrepreneurs, and I am eager to further our work with the WEL Institute by bringing my own experience and expertise to the classroom.”
Oh and in case you were wondering: Yes, men, you can take the course too. Good luck!