Alumna puts her KU experience to work in Kansas City

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Jessica Nelson knew from a young age that she would go to KU.

With two parents who attended the University, Nelson was born and bred a Jayhawk. “The experience that I had at the University of Kansas, I want others to experience,” she says, explaining that while the level of education and learning opportunities at the university are incredibly useful in day-to-day life, “you also have that tradition and that legacy and that camaraderie…and I think that’s something you can’t find everywhere.”

Nelson, j’11, leads Team KC Life+Talent for the Kansas City Area Development Council, a regional economic development organization tasked with promoting Kansas City as a top lifestyle and business destination. Her role includes working with a variety of people—including college student interns and corporate level executives. Finding common ground as a Jayhawk often helps break the ice.

“My job is to tell the Kansas City story, and so much of the great talent in Kansas City comes from great individuals from KU,” she says.

Watch our video below to learn why this outstanding leader, who earlier this year was recognized as one of KC Magazine’s most influential women, is a Proud Member of the KU Alumni Association.


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