Kay Osborne, who will teach the new entrepreneurship course at Drury University in Monett, described her background and educational focus at last week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Osborne worked for 30 years in not-for-profit organizations in Missouri. She has taught at Drury for the past six years. Having started two businesses from scratch, including a fishing lodge she and her husband ran in Canada, Osborne has experience with the mechanics of how to establish and operate a company.
Osborne and her husband now live at Camp Barnabas. He retired as an insurance executive more than 16 years ago, owned and operated the fishing lodge in Canada and now is the Director of Facilities at Camp Barnabas.
Drury offers a 62-hour associate of science degree in entrepreneurship. Studies in the field focus on exploring business creation, ethical problems and entrepreneurial answers, organizational leadership, legal issues and selected studies.
Students learn how to write a business plan and implement it. Successful entrepreneurs speak to the students about their own real-world experiences.
Osborne stressed that her vision of entrepreneurship involves partnering with a community. She guides her students to seek out ways to help their towns.
Many of the classes can be taken in Monett. Osborne teaches in the Monett campus two days a week and three in Springfield, at Drury's Breech School of Business. The final 15 hours of the degree must be taken at Drury.
One week every other year Osborne takes a group of students to Puerto Rico. She said the business community is increasingly connected with the global community and it is important to understand how the two connect.
"You are capable of doing anything you set your mind to," Osborne said. She stressed successful entrepreneurs do not wait for circumstances, but seek out and secure the tools and conditions that make them successful.
Osborne was introduced by Ann Saunders, director of Monett's Drury campus. Kiwanis president Eric Kean presided at the meeting.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant