As an aspiring entrepreneur and emerging business woman, I'm very excited to be involved with the EPG program! I feel the opportunities to network and develop our local region as an EPG cohort will be valuable steps in my journey of professional growth. Aside from a structured education regarding entrepreneurship and economic development, the EPG program will also be a wonderful outlet for me to help others while making a positive contribution.
Technology and Applied Design, Artisan Focus
St. Louis, Missouri
Kayla Barbour spent ten weeks during the summer of 2018 as an intern for the Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Principals Dan Hellmuth & Ralph Bicknese have followed the world's most rigorous building standards while designing and overseeing the completion of 12 Living Buildings (LBC) and 39 LEED projects, including the world's highest scoring LEED building at the time of completing the Berea College Deep Green Residence Hall. Kayla spent her summer connecting with these sustainable design pioneers and their perspectives, while creating a new website for the firm and completing half of the tedious LBC documentation for The College School's Jan Phillips Learning Center. She also participated in design briefs, consultations with clients, site visits, networking engagements, and general office management. Kayla's advisors, Dr. Gary Mahoney and Dr. Peter Hackbert, enabled her to cultivate an enriching experience by utilizing the entrepreneurial and Design Thinking skills she has gained as an EPG/UIF Fellow and her Technology and Applied Design (TAD) major.