Passion to Purpose: Living Your Mission for Seismic Shifts #WHM

Celebrating How One Woman in One Moment Can Make Life-Changing Impact (And What We Can Learn From Her Example)

In my final semester of undergrad at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), I'm not embarrassed to admit: I failed. I did not deliver.

I was offered a graduate assistantship at UNL Campus Recreation, a nationally recognized program. I just had to take the GMAT and get admitted to an academic program. Simple enough for a smart girl, right?

Wrong. Painfully wrong. I couldn't achieve the required score on the GMAT to be admitted despite tireless study and two attempts. Regardless of my excellent GPA, glowing recommendations and impressive resume, my test scores meant my application wouldn't even be looked at (I'll save a rant on the absurdity of that for another day).


I missed my chance for a golden opportunity…or so I thought.

What happened next changed the course of my career and my life. And, left me with a goosebumps-level understanding of how one leader in one moment can create lasting change. To celebrate Women's History Month, this is a story of how one woman leader made transformative impact and what we can learn from her example.

The Starfish Mission

I went to my would-be supervisor, Vicki Highstreet, to deliver the news of my rejection and that she would have to move on and hire someone else. I never expected what she said next: