“When you have dedication and an intensity about life, in what you do you demonstrate passion.”- Catherine Pulsifer
For the last decade, Shawnte’ has cultivated her career in marketing and promotional development, to lay the foundation for her true calling: an advocate for higher education. While serving as an Executive Casino Host at MGM Grand Detroit, Shawnte was able to drive her passion by serving in various mentorship roles. These unique opportunities allowed Shawnte’ to inspire others to achieve their educational and professional dreams. This ultimately created an opportunity for Shawnte’ to invest in her own future and return back to school.
As a student in the Warrior WayBack Program, a program for stop-out students at Wayne State University; Shawnte completed her B.S. in Public Relations with a minor in Communications. Her inspirational journey to complete her degree was featured in the promotional video, “Detroit Drives Degrees”, a Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce initiative to encourage businesses and corporations within the city of Detroit to increase their participation in tuition reimbursement programs.
As a native Detroiter, Shawnte has taken her experience in the Warrior WayBack Program to spread awareness on the importance of higher education. She was featured in MarketWatch Magazine, In News Now Online, and National Public Radio. She has also presented her perspective as a non-traditional (stop out) student to the Wayne State University Board of Control and to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the state of Michigan. In her free time, Shawnte’ enjoys doing DIY projects, upcycling furniture, and going on adventures with her son.