Future Women Business Leaders Reach Out During Quarantine

Quincee Scates, also a sophomore at Walton College, holds up letters she has written.
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Quincee Scates, also a sophomore at Walton College, holds up letters she has written.

When COVID-19 ended their service project to collect feminine hygiene products for homeless shelters, sophomores Quincee Scates and Kaitlin Ketchey, both officers in Future Women Business Leaders at the University of Arkansas, quickly pivoted to an online project anyone could help with:  writing letters to provide support to shut-ins or medical professionals.

"We were both disappointed about the cancellation of our original event, so we decided on an alternative," Scates said. "Writing letters can be done in quarantine and while social distancing. We know the health of senior citizens is a big focus right now and can't imagine what they are experiencing being stuck in a little room all day.

"We wanted to bring a smile to their face during this confusing time."

Kaitlin Ketchey writes a letter.
Walton College sophomore Kaitlin Ketchey writes a letter for the initiative.

Scates, a marketing major with a business analytics minor, is the co-founder, vice president and treasurer for Future Women Business Leaders. Ketchey, also a marketing major with a business analytics minor, is the co-founder and president of the organization. Together they are promoting the letter-writing campaign and asking students, faculty and staff to participate.

Future Women Business Leaders is a registered student organization at the U of A and its faculty advisor is Molly Jensen, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Marketing at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

"Kaitlin and I are firm believers in having a positive impact and that little actions can go a long way," Scates said. "You never know what someone is going through and the pandemic is added stress that nobody needs."

"After watching the news and noticing that New York was one of the states hit the hardest, we gave members the option to write somewhere that wasn't as close to home as well," Scates said. "Doctors and nurses are risking their lives every day due to the lack of personal protective equipment, and we wanted to thank them for their dedication to helping others."

Anyone is allowed to participate in the project. Ketchey and Scates said it is best to use the Walton College Marketing Department as the return address for safety reasons:

Department of Marketing #302
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR, 72701

Mailing Addresses
Address letters to the following or send messages to a hospital or nursing home nearby.

NY Elmhurst Hospital
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY  11373

Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville
1179 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville, AR  72703

Katherine's Place at Wedington
4405 W. Persimmon St.
Fayetteville, AR  72704

North Hills Life Care
27 E. Appleby Road
Fayetteville, AR 72703

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U of A is Determined to Help

About Future Women Business Leaders: Future Women Business Leaders caters specifically to business students. It connects student members with faculty and industry mentors to encourage success as a women business leader through guest speakers, mentors and panels. Membership is open to any student — male or female — enrolled in Walton College. The organization focuses on diversity and inclusion.

To join or to find additional information about the organization, visit Hog Sync, Instagram at @uarkfwbl or by emailing uarkfwbl@uark.edu.

Contacts

David Speer, senior director of communications
Sam M. Walton College of Business
479-575-2539, dlspeer@uark.edu

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