"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation."


My name is Catherine Mary Armstrong, and there are four things that you need to know about me:


1)  I grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina, USA.

2) I have a firm belief that people are awesome.

3) I am a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

4) I am determined to become a social entrepreneur.


I have a passion for problem-solving, learning, working hard, and building relationships. Through the relationships I have built thus far in life, I have come to the realization that the most important element of life is the people with whom you come in contact. Because of this realization, I am determined to pursue social entrepreneurship and dedicate my career to helping others in any way I can.


At UNCW, I am majoring in Business Administration with Concentrations in Supply Chain Management/Entrepreneurship and Business Development and minoring in Spanish. I believe one's education is much more than what can be learned in the classroom.


I am the 2016 recipient of the Dr. James R. Leutze Merit Scholarship Endowment which covers the full cost of attendance of UNCW for four years. Because of this unbelievable scholarship, I have had many opportunities that never in my wildest dreams did I think would be possible. In addition to the organizations of which I am a part and two internships, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, in May of 2017, to improve my Spanish. It was my first experience outside of the United States. In fact, it was my first flight ever and ignited my passion for traveling. In May of 2018, I continued my education beyond the classroom by traveling to Iceland with a UNCW Honors seminar dedicated to Global Citizenship. In July of 2018, I represented the Cameron School of Business at its partner university in Russia, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, for an international undergraduate conference on entrepreneurship in entertainment and culture. In March of 2019, I volunteered abroad in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In July of 2019, I will be traveling around the United States and back to South America to explore different business ecosystems as tekMountain's 2019 Global Ambassador.


One of the many things I have learned from my former professor, Dr. Stephen Harper, is that there are more problems today than at any other point in time - which means there are more business opportunities today than at any other point in time. I believe technology and innovation are the only ways to provide effective solutions to the world’s problems. As tekMountain’s 2019 Global Ambassador, I will be traveling around the world to meet social entrepreneurs, hear their stories, learn why/how they fight the world's inequities and how they measure the impact of their actions. From this primary research and much self-reflection throughout my journey, I hope to discover how I can fit into the international web of social entrepreneurship and make an impact on the lives of others.


Catherine Armstrong

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