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Kendra Scott’s Philanthropic Investment in UT Austin Expands Support for Future Women Business Leaders

March 28, 2022 | The University of Texas at Austin

Kendra Scott, founder and executive chairwoman of the Kendra Scott, LLC global accessories brand headquartered in Austin, has committed a corporate and personal philanthropic investment to The University of Texas at Austin that will expand entrepreneurship offerings at UT to help more than 24,000 women pursue their business aspirations in the coming decade. 

A photo of Kendra Scott featured in Inc. Magazine

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She Left College to Start a Billion-Dollar Company. Now She's Building a School for Founders.

Fall 2021 | Inc. Magazine

Austin founder and ‘Shark Tank’ investor Kendra Scott is ready for her second act: a unique new university program that aims to train the next generation of women entrepreneurs

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The Kendra Scott WEL Institute Celebrates Young Entrepreneurs

January 2021 | Austin Woman

Kendra Scott’s WEL Institute highlights the Featured Female Founders from from 2020. These are the eight ventures recognized.

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Kendra Scott Announces Competition for Female Entrepreneurs

March, 2021 | Yahoo

Kendra Scott is making use of her new free time after having stepped down as chief executive officer of her namesake company by launching a new program to empower self-identifying female entrepreneurs.

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Kendra Scott to teach UT course on women entrepreneurs

September, 2021 | Austin American-Statesman

Austin-based jewelry designer Kendra Scott is teaching a class on women in entrepreneurship at the University of Texas this fall, using her eponymous company as a case study for the course.

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Kendra Scott reflects on first year of KS WELI at UT

December, 2021 | Austin Business Journal

I remember walking into so many board rooms, and no one in them looked like me

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Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute at UT Austin

August, 2021 | Fox 7

It’s the first day of classes and the institute is continuing its mission to empower women to lead and encourage the world to follow. FOX 7 Austin’s Tierra Neubaum gets more information from Kendra Scott VP of Philanthropy Sheena Wilde.

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Kendra Scott Wants to Change the Game for Women in Business—Starting With UT Students

January, 2020 | Texas Exes’ Alcalde

In September 2019, Scott donated $1 million to The University of Texas at Austin to launch the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (WEL), a program “uniquely built to address the challenges women often face in business.”

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Kendra Scott reflects on first year of KS WELI at UT

December, 2021 | Austin Business Journal

I remember walking into so many board rooms, and no one in them looked like me

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Kendra Scott Shares How She Is Building A Pipeline Of Future Female Leaders

October, 2019 | Forbes

Kendra Scott is much more than the successful CEO of a $1 billion fashion-lifestyle brand. She is a philanthropist who professes that giving back “is everything” to her mission.

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