Lily Warren has applied for our Jet Business Scholarship and her essay was selected to be one of our finalists. Below is some information about Lily and her essay submission. You can vote for her submission by clicking here.

Freshman at Westmont College
Major – Business and Economics & Music

What do you enjoy about your studies?

I love learning in general, but I particularly value my business classes.  I enjoy learning about tactics and concepts in business that I have encountered in the real world, through owning my own company.  The knowledge and insight I gain within the classroom enables me to approach real business decisions with a trained perspective and avoid potential mistakes.

What hobbies/organizations/jobs are you included in?

I am a trained vocalist, minoring in music for vocal performance.  I am passionately involved with many organizations including Awana, YouthBiz, Young Life, and Dare2Share. I am an avid skier and I love the outdoors.  Though I currently work full-time as a business-owner, I hope to one day serve as a marketing and entrepreneurship consultant for startups in underprivileged communities.

Lily's Essay. Would you rather work for someone else in an established company or start your own business and work for yourself? What motivates your choice?

From the time I was a little girl, I have possessed a strong desire to work for myself. This is not because I am introverted or do not submit well to authority. On the contrary, it is because I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and I want to build something great. Throughout my life, I have gained significant experience being self-employed and I cannot imagine working any differently.  

When I was nine years old, my sisters and I founded our own skin-care business: Sweet Bee Sisters. As a child, I always enjoyed earning money so embarking on an entrepreneurial journey was very exciting to me! I loved making the skin-care products but I found that my true passion was entrepreneurship.  

As Sweet Bee Sisters grew, we began pursuing new retail opportunities and eventually were supplying products to twenty-five stores throughout Colorado, selling at events, and bringing in significant online sales. Within all this growth, Sweet Bee Sisters received several significant media opportunities including a CNN article, a Hulu short film, news interviews, and even a children’s book. I was also honored to speak at events and share my story, encouraging other students in entrepreneurship. Today, Sweet Bee Sisters is performing better than ever. We are very excited about how far our business has come and about all the potential for future growth.  

My entrepreneurial journey has been filled with missed opportunities, failed projects and rejections. Through these experiences, I have learned that when I experience situations in my business that make me uncomfortable, I am growing not only as a business owner, but as person also. It takes dedication to success to attack an uncomfortable work situation, putting aside the opinions of people who do not support me. With my growth mindset, I am intentional about setting goals for my business, my education, and myself as a person. Despite the trials I encounter throughout my journey, I will stand firmly planted in an attitude of perseverance, determination, and growth.  

I believe this hardworking determination to persevere has prepared me to tackle the dreams I have for my future. I plan to continue my education at Westmont College in the fall of 2019 and earn my Bachelor’s in Economics & Business. I am eager to use my experience acquired through my entrepreneurial background to create lasting, global change. My ultimate goal is to help establish businesses in third-world countries as a means to break the cycle of poverty.  

My entrepreneurial experience has given me the freedom to work independently and to create the change that I desire to see in the world. Though I love working with others, I am challenged and excited by self-employment. I know that I will be working for myself for many years to come.