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Alumna and CHANEL Senior Exec Shares ‘Lessons for Success’ During Return to University of Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile alumna and head of global people development at CHANEL Dr. Julie Clow returned to campus Thursday, April 5 as special guest. She was keynote speaker at two events, and a guest on the university’s premier podcast.

Clow began her day with the School of Business’s event, Business Breakdown. In her presentation, she shared with the students her own journey from being a teenage mother, to her career that includes five years at Google and now nearly three years with CHANEL. Students were able to recognize that her path was not necessarily linear, but still led to an extraordinary place.

“Our students were blown away to think that Dr. Clow’s journey began as she sat in the very classrooms that they find themselves in,” said Dr. Todd Greer, dean of the School of Business. “The value of seeing professionals share on our campus can’t be overstated, as it provides us with the unique opportunities to show the direct line between the theoretical foundation of learning and practice at its highest levels.”

Later in the day, Clow toured campus with Penney Smith, wife of university president Dr. Timothy Smith, which she said was “quite surreal” after graduating 23 years ago. She visited with former professors, including Steve Carey, associate professor of biology, whom she says is one of her favorites.

“It feels like such a lifetime ago, but it’s a nice treat for me to be able to reflect on where I started and where I am now,” she said. “In no way could I have ever imagined that I’d be doing what I’m doing now.”

She took time to appear as a guest on a “bonus” episode of the university’s premier podcast, KNOWN. Hosts Trey Taulbee and Rivers Brunson interviewed her about her background, her career, and her advice to other women in business. The podcast will be released soon at umobile.edu/podcast.

Thursday evening, Clow was keynote speaker at the Torch Society’s inaugural Scholarship Celebration Dinner. She presented her “six lessons for success” which included encouragement to persevere, and to never let failure go to waste.

“God’s calling is simultaneously easy, and very difficult – all at the same time,” she said. “It’s easy in the sense that when things are supposed to happen, they will happen. The doors will fly open for you. But it’s difficult because you have to be willing to step up and do the work, and sometimes it’s really hard.”

At the celebration, a total of $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to seven students. This event punctuated the organization’s first full year of fundraising effort.

The Torch Society’s executive director, Lauren McCaghren, surprised Clow by presenting her with the “Woman in Leadership” award on behalf of University of Mobile and the Torch Society. McCaghren cited Clow’s outstanding achievements in her field and her embodiment of Christian leadership.

After the dinner, Clow signed copies of her book, The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All. She donated the proceeds from the sales to the Torch Society to be used for future scholarships.

To watch the recorded broadcast of the Business Breakdown, visit the School of Business’s Facebook page at facebook.com/UMobileBSchool. To learn more about the Torch Society, visit umobile.edu/torch-society.



About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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