New Graduate challenged to overcome stuttering, help others
Damian Wilson remembers stuttering since he was 5 years old. Because of it, he underachieved in high school and lasted less than a year in college. Wilson worked a variety of jobs that minimized his need to talk to people. Then he decided to go back to college, entering UC's College of Allied Health Sciences in 2007 at age 27. "All those years, I was hiding," he said. "But if I don't open up or speak, how will others ever know me? I finally understood that, and now I want to help others who stutter understand that as well." The communications sciences and disorders graduate is focused on being a speech language pathologist, helping children who face the same challenges he worked so long to overcome.
Read more about Wilson's winning battle against stuttering.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship = career development
Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and UC alumna Elizabeth Edwards has made an indelible mark on the Greater Cincinnati business community by fanning the region's entrepreneurial flame. Edwards, who received her MBA from UC in 2004, co-founded "Cincinnati Innovates," an annual competition for funding among creative and marketable ideas. UC alumni, faculty and others have won more than $100,000 in grant awards since the competition began. "If you think college is a good investment," Edwards has commented, "you'll like entrepreneurship even more. The average net worth of an entrepreneur is nearly six times greater than their employed peer."
Learn more about Cincinnati Innovates. This year's competition has a July 15 entry deadline.