Empowering women to lead. Encouraging the world to follow.

Empowering women to lead. Encouraging the world to follow.

The Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
will strengthen the next generation of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world.

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students to become leaders –
through speakers, role models, visibility, representation, and
celebration of success

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Building Community

and creating connections –
both within UT and externally

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students with tools, workshops, and curriculum for gaining intentional skills, practice, and internships

Caiti Ward, Founder of Caiti's Candles

Inspiration // Female Founders – Caiti’s Candles

Introducing Caiti’s Candles, a multi-sensory candle experience.


Learn more about our sponsored courses that offer interdisciplinary opportunities in management, design, and entrepreneurship. 


 Join us for sponsored programs & events designed to equip students with the tools needed to gain intentional skills and practice. 

Pitch Competition 2021

Pitch your early-stage startup onstage to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, corporate, and government leaders.


Become part of a vibrant, diverse, and supportive community to kick-start your future through internships, leadership training, mentoring, funding opportunities, and more.

KS WEL Institute in the News

Kendra Scott On Personal Challenges In 2020, Feeling Stronger & Giving Back.
The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts
Kendra Scott is named Professor in Practice of the College of Fine Arts and will be co-teaching the course Women in Entrepreneurship.
The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts
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Empowered women empower women. Fashion designer Kendra Scott discusses the importance of uplifting the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

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About Kendra Scott

About // Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way.