An army-brat from Madison, Wisconsin, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics, and a B.A. in Portuguese. As an undergraduate student, I worked for NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, was a member of the Men’s Varsity Tennis team, a physics tutor, and President of Wisconsin’s chapter of National Society of Black Engineers.
Before graduating, I realized that in order to achieve my goals of helping uplift underrepresented communities, I needed to learn much more about how businesses operate and the policies and regulations they operate within. I started my journey with IMI PLC, working in different countries within different divisions of IMI performing different functions. In 2014, I became Sales Manager in Mexico within IMI’s auto-manufacturing sector. There, I led a team to grow IMI’s sales presence by aligning its business unit to better satisfy customer needs. After these wonderful years of experiential learning, I decided it was time to establish a more foundational education in both law and business. I chose UNC Chapel Hill because of its strong law and business programs, its strong focus on community, and because of family ties to the Tarheel State. Hands down one of the best decisions I ever made!
As a Kenan Scholar under the guidance of Dr. Christian Lundblad, I will advise several small- and medium-sized businesses in Ghana and Ivory Coast. My goal is to understand the common issues these businesses face, develop and execute strategies to overcome them, and survey the commercial law of these emerging countries to determine whether and how their current legal structure facilitates or inhibits business development.