Leading through learning
By Landry Allred
Elizabeth Minchey enrolled at The University of Texas in 2015, one year before the Moody College of Communication initiated the communication and leadership undergraduate degree.
She originally majored in English because of her proficiency with words and rhetoric, but was compelled to switch after receiving an email promoting the new degree plan.
Minchey graduated in 2018 as the first with a communication and leadership degree, and her aim was to have a full-time job within six months. In the meantime, she balanced three part-time jobs: marketing manager for Handsome, talent advocate for SalsaMobi and social media manager for Voltage Control. Through these experiences, she deciphered which fields interested her the most, eventually leading her to stay with Handsome — an Austin-based brand design agency.
Within six months, she became the business development operations manager at Handsome. In her role, Minchey builds and maintains client relationships, develops project agreements between the clients and Handsome employees and maintains the organizational structure of the company.
In the future, she hopes to attend the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to receive her master’s in social anthropology.