11 Questions with MS in Entrepreneurship Student Kelsey Lockard

Kelsey Lockard

1) Where are you from?

I am from Sammamish Washington!

2) What did you do before entering this program?

Before entering the program I was an undergrad at University of Washington majoring in Communications and minoring in both Marine Biology and Entrepreneurship! I graduated in August of 2018 after doing seal research at the UW Friday Harbor Labs and then took a few months off to travel and to start my company.

3) Did you have any entrepreneurship experience before entering this program?

With the minor in my undergrad there was a class called Creating a Company where I created a caramel sauce company with 3 other students using my great grandmother’s recipe. This was my first real entrepreneurial experience and it got me hooked! The company was called Costello Caramel and it actually was quite successful but we decided not to continue working on it after graduation. Who knows, maybe I will bring that back in the near future.

4) Tell us why you are excited to be a part of the third cohort for the MS ENTRE degree program?

I am excited to be a part of this cohort to meet other entrepreneurs and to advance my skills in business. I have already met so many wonderful professors and students who all have a vast range of knowledge that I am excited to learn from!

5) What are your thoughts on the entrepreneurship scene in Seattle?

I think that Seattle is a great place to be when starting a business. There are already so many amazing startup success stories here and we have been lucky enough in the cohort to already meet several entrepreneurs doing pretty cool things! There are also many different networking and start up events, not just through the UW, that take place in Seattle which have been amazing!

6) What connections are you hoping to make while in the program?

I specifically hope to make long lasting connections. There are so many people with interesting stories and skill sets that I know I would love to call on and keep in my network. I am hoping I can make connections with individuals who have strengths in branding and marketing as well as individuals who are also passionate about the environment and making a difference like myself! I have already been so fortunate in getting to know those around me and I love seeing everyone else work on their projects and follow their passions.

7) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I am currently running a company called Finding Eco that helps individuals and households use less plastic in their daily lives. In 5 years I would love to see this company continue to thrive and work on educating individuals on the harm of plastics and simple ways we can all make a difference. I would also love to get more involved in ocean clean up projects and environmental education!

8) What skills and/or knowledge are you looking to develop?

Skills that I am looking to develop include branding and marketing! These are areas that I have had little to no experience in thus far, but I am eager and excited to learn more about the strategy behind these two components of a business.

9) What do you like to do for fun?

I love to do anything outdoors! Hiking, sailing, kayaking, swimming, you name it.

Kelsey Lockard sailboat

10) What’s been your favorite part of the program so far?

My favorite part of the program has been getting to know my fellow cohort members. Everyone is so passionate about what they want to work on and the excitement is contagious!

11) What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about applying to the MS ENTRE degree program?

If you can do it, do it! The program and courses itself has been amazing, but there are also so many resources and network opportunities that come along with it. If you do the program, take advantage of all the opportunities!

Learn more about the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program

This post is part of a series where we ask current students to answer 11 questions about their experience at Foster. Explore the 11 questions tag for more interviews.

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