Natasha Kirsch (E.M.P.A. ’14): Empowering the People

From health care to finance, civic service to cultural engagement and more, Kansas City’s businesses and nonprofits are flourishing with trailblazers who have been able to make their mark, thanks to their Bloch education.

The 2017 Bloch Magazine highlights how a few Bloch grads, who came to UMKC from different walks of life, took advantage of Bloch’s diverse opportunities and have since been putting their skills to the test to make an impact across the Kansas City metro area.

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When she was starting her nonprofit organization to better the lives of Kansas Citians, Natasha Kirsch knew there was no better place to launch her dream than the Bloch School.

A self-described “jack of all trades, master of none,” Kirsch has worked as a graphic designer, business administrator, bookkeeper and stay-at-home mom. While in a position at a shelter for addicts and alcoholics, Kirsch was taken aback by the lack of opportunities for those who were less fortunate.

“I was working with homeless mothers, and realized that even though they were ready to do whatever it took to help their children, their pasts made it nearly impossible to do so,” she says.

As Kirsch struggled to find ways to help, her mother, a pet salon owner, reached out to ask for her daughter’s assistance in placing an ad online for animal groomers. She was desperately in need of additional employees, and expressed to her daughter that she would “take any warm body who walks through the door and train them.”

A lightbulb went off for Kirsch. She realized she could match the market demand for groomers with a social demand of giving jobs to unemployed mothers — so she came to the Bloch School to learn how.

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 Bloch Magazine. To read the full article, click here.


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