Today is the birthday of Audrey's best friend, Ashlyn, (pictured with Audrey on AudreySpirit's home page). I am so proud and blessed to know this amazing young lady! She plans to enter the field of medicine and just this summer she completed a University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy summer internship program. She's also shadowed an adult oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Have a beautiful year Ashlyn - both academically and socially!
UMKC is so special to me because it not only has unique programs for metro area students like Ashlyn, but it has allowed me to pursue Audrey's legacy through its Entrepreneurship Scholars Program at the Bloch School of Business and Management. Mr. Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Bloch has generously funded the university's programs and is present to celebrate and counsel its students!
Working with UMKC Regnier Institute faculty - Tom Boozer, Mark Parry, and John Norton, administrator Beverly Stewart and E-Scholar colleagues has been a blessing for me. I would encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing their dream of a venture to apply for such a program in their geographic area. There is a description of the program and AudreySpirit's participation at http://info.umkc.edu/blochnews/2013/04/24/big-winners-venture-creation-challeng/
Karen Cox (right), Executive Vice President and Co-COO of Children’s Mercy Hospital helps AudreySpirit founder Donna Yadrich (center) explain her clothing to judges.
(photo from link listed above)