Member Profile: Sara Cochran

My favorite part of Women’s Network is the opportunity to meet so many interesting women.

When you meet Sara, you will instantly understand why her friends describe her as perceptive, inclusive, and graceful: not only is she a delight to visit with, she is incredibly interesting and kind. Originally from Cushing, OK, Sara now finds herself going on year five in Columbia where you might catch her working as the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager/Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, snuggling her dog (Sadie the Cavapoo) or entranced in one of the four books on her ‘currently reading’ list. Sara’s list of college/degrees only barely exceeds her list of bucket-list trips, of which a return trip to New Zealand is at the top of (she was last there 20 years ago). Catch her at a mixer or shoot her an email to meet for coffee; she’s one individual who will have you feeling empowered and ready to reach for the stars the minute you walk away.

Title: Entrepreneurial Programs Manager/Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

First job: childcare at the Small Miracles Preschool and Daycare, First United Methodist Church, Cushing, OK

College/degree(s):PhD in higher education from University of Missouri, M.A. in integrated marketing communications from Drury University, B.A. in accounting and arts administration from Drury University

Why did you decide to go into this field:A former professor and mentor hired me to work at my alma mater and stated that my job functions would be similar to those I was doing at the time. In that role, I realized I had found my career spot in entrepreneurship education!

Awards/Recognitions: Schulze Publication Award from the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange, Fellow with the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), Barbara K. Townsend Memorial Dissertation Award, Ron Marley Leadership Columbia Scholarship Recipient, Zeta Tau Alpha Certificate of Merit

Things that occupy your free time: friends, family, travel, books, my dog

Fun facts (hobbies, talents, etc.): I grew up with 20 first cousins and I learned to drive in a manual

Currently reading: Hey Ladies by Markowitz and Moss for entertainment; Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Taulbert and Schoeniger for professional development; and I’m rereading All In Startup by Kander, and Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset” by Neck, Neck, & Murray for my teaching

Currently watching: just finished the new season of “Ozark” and looking forward to the Fall shows

Currently listening to (or favorite song): Recently saw Tajmo in concert leading to “All Around the World” making the top of my playlist

Place you want to visit: So many places, so little time! New Zealand again (it’s been 20 years), Iceland, anywhere there is a solar eclipse

Favorite part about Women’s Network: The opportunity to meet so many interesting women.

Goal or goals for 2018: Publish a peer-reviewed article from my dissertation.

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