Always seeking more. Questioning “why.” Developing the whole person. These are some of the lessons Lauren Smith, BSBA’17, learned during her four years at Creighton.
“I work best in busy environments but strive to make every action for the greater glory of God,” says Smith. “These habitual values that I developed at Creighton frame my relationships and have taught me the importance of servant leadership with the community.”
For Smith, “community” carries multiple meanings: fellow marketing majors competing in the Murphy Cup marketing strategy competition, her Creighton volleyball teammates, CU Mock Trial team members and a slew of professors and coaches.
Smith, a Lincoln, Nebraska native, had originally intended to attend college out-of-state. But after a visit to Creighton’s campus, she quickly reconsidered this plan. “While looking at potential schools to play volleyball, I sought a high standard for education, teammates and colleagues with values similar to mine and an athletic program with a potential to do big things on the court and in the community,” says Smith.
And big things did Smith accomplish during her time at Creighton. She double-majored in management (with a specialization in social entrepreneurship) and marketing (following the strategic communications track) while starting her MBA as an undergraduate. She served as captain of the Creighton volleyball team, represented the University and the BIG EAST as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and, most recently, was named the 2017 BIG EAST Conference female scholar-athlete of the year.
Between her studies and athletic pursuits, Smith still found time to establish her own non-profit, Huntress Outdoors, that has a mission of empowering females to get outside and practice sustainable and ethical hunting. Its creation stems from her own difficulty in finding hunting education opportunities and products geared toward female hunters that were equal to those tailored to male hunters.
“I knew that volleyball wouldn’t last forever. I am passionate about dedicating myself to helping others excel in their outdoor adventures and by making a difference in sustainability for the lives of generations to come,” states Smith. “My passion is driven by my own life in sports and as an adventurer. Huntress Outdoors simply hopes to connect hunters and provide them with education, inspiration and empowerment to network and be successful.”
Her goal for Huntress Outdoors, says Smith, is to expand operations to include “products, apparel and a retreat center to educate hunters in a guided environment.”
Smith believes that her Creighton education parallels the objective of her non-profit. “Huntress Outdoors, to me, represents the mission of Creighton in that you have to not only be willing to work hard, but also be willing to serve one another in order to reach a common goal,” says Smith. “My goal is to see more women in the hunting world and to build relationships by connecting women with the desire to perpetuate their love of hunting for generations to come.”