Enactus Advances to National Competition

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The 2016 Enactus team, pictured with advisers Ben Williams and Cary Clark

UMKC Enactus team took top prize at the regional competition in Chicago March 21, qualifying them to compete in the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis May 15-17.

“I want to thank everyone that made this accomplishment possible. The support and resources provided by faculty, administration, community supporters, alumni, and our Business Advisory Board are truly astounding,” said Ben Williams, J.D., MBA and Enactus sponsor. “As I talk to other advisors around the country, I am constantly reminded that our team is unique in its support system.”

Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement entrepreneurial projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

The presentation team advancing to the National Exposition consists of Chad Feather (B.B.A.), Dennis Mowry (Pharm.D.), Raj Patel (B.A.), Emily McIntyre (B.B.A.), Kate Ragan (Pharm.D.), Tim Parnacott (B.B.A.), Tielyr Creason (B.S.), Ryan Lucas (B.S.) and Kellen Sheil (B.B.A.).

The 2016 team focused on three key initiatives: international trade, education and entrepreneurship. The team will continue to refine the content and delivery of the presentation to prepare for the National Exposition.

Williams is looking forward to how the group’s success will add to the impact already felt by UMKC and the Kansas City community.

“The success of the UMKC Enactus team over the past 10 years has opened doors throughout our city,” Williams said. “The team has solved both large and small needs in the community and around the world. Members of the community have expressed wonder at the economic impact that a student organization can make.”


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