Elizabeth

Entrepreneur. Strategy Consultant.
Arlington, Texas
$ 37.00
/ hour
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Despite what my birth certificate may say, I go by Liz – unless I’m in trouble, then it’s Elizabeth. As a child of a traditional Ghanaian mother, I had three career options: engineering, medicine, and law. However, by the time I finished my sophomore year of high school, science wasn’t just cool experiments, and math was no longer easy worksheets, thus I chose to pursue law. Now, I am a 20-year-old college senior at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). While at UT, some of my proudest accomplishments include being one of the few in my study abroad cohort to complete a six-course zipline in Guatemala and taking five 8 am courses despite ample warnings. Ultimately, my participation in high school case competitions and college consulting projects revealed my underlying appetite for creating innovative solutions for businesses within an increasingly globalized economy. This in turn led me to apply to the World’s Greatest Internship, where I hope to become the World’s Greatest Intern.

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The University of Texas at Austin: The University Writing Center
Undergraduate Writing Consultant
August 2018 - Present
Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin: Office of Admissions
Intro to Black UT Co-Coordinator
July 2020 (unofficial start). January 2021 (paid position start) - Present
Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin: African and African Diaspora Studies Department
Undergraduate Grader/Teaching Assistant
August 2018 - Present
Austin, Texas
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Certificates: Business Writing, Digital Communication, Multilingual Consulting, Professional Writing and Applications, STEM Writing Languages: English (fluent), Spanish (conversational), and Twi (fluent)

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Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words

I am the best applicant because I view situations through both possibility-progression and problem-solution lenses. I consistently ask myself: how can I improvise to make the task at hand better. Also, I value learning, and I intend to bring an open-mind ready to discover more about creative consultancy through WGI.

Give us your bio in under 500 words

Despite what my birth certificate may say, I go by Liz – unless I’m in trouble, then it’s Elizabeth. As a child of a traditional Ghanaian mother, I had three career options: engineering, medicine, and law. However, by the time I finished my sophomore year of high school, science wasn’t just cool experiments, and math was no longer easy worksheets, thus I chose to pursue law. Now, I am a 20-year-old college senior at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). While at UT, some of my proudest accomplishments include being one of the few in my study abroad cohort to complete a six-course zipline in Guatemala and taking five 8 am courses despite ample warnings. Ultimately, my participation in high school case competitions and college consulting projects revealed my underlying appetite for creating innovative solutions for businesses within an increasingly globalized economy. This in turn led me to apply to the World’s Greatest Internship, where I hope to become the World’s Greatest Intern.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is attend the University of Texas at Austin (UT) - a Predominantly White Institution (PWI). I am the type of person to spark up a conversation with a stranger that leads to a best friendship (true story), never second guess riding the scariest roller coaster a Six Flag, or willingly jump 10,000 feet out of a plane. When I arrived at UT, I didn’t know how to navigate this challenge because I had typically never struggled with discomfort. When I was 16, I chose to attend an early, residential college program at Lamar University; therefore, I needed to move five hours from Arlington, Texas to Beaumont, Texas. I found a community through friends and programs at Lamar. Coming to UT from Lamar represented a big shift for me because I needed to connect and interact with people who did not look like me nor see me for me. In a way, attending UT was me stepping out of a comfort zone that I didn’t know existed. With only five percent of the student body identifying as Black, I felt alone and disconnected for the majority of my first year at the UT. I even considered forfeiting my full scholarship and transferring to an institution closer to home. Each day, I struggled with my new and unsettling environment, and I continue to struggle with the ubiquitous reality that there are less than 5,000 students and faculty members that look like me on campus. I felt like a foreigner, and there were times that people’s actions solidified this feeling. Nonetheless, my experience of exclusion became beneficial because it fueled my interest in co-creating Intro to Black UT, one of my first creative projects. However, my courage to continue at UT came from understanding that I am not alone – I could persevere the same way the Precursors (the first Black students to integrate UT) and those who came after them did for us. Fortunately, I prevailed, and I found community during my second year at UT. I refocused: I identified a need to persevere so as to play an active role in future and current Black UT students’ lives. My hope is that they too can unlock the potential needed for their own success stories. Attending a PWI constitutes as the most courageous thing I’ve ever done because I persevered despite initial discomfort, and then I channeled my experience to help others instead of running away from my discomfort and remaining abash about my ordeal.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Innovation is an extension of creativity as creativity breeds innovation. While creativity is focused on generating new ideals or original thoughts, innovation is the application of creativity – or creative thinking. The two are related because innovation is a process that utilizes the result of creative thinking to achieve a goal, like a new campaign or service; however, innovation usually incorporates research – like audience analysis or market research – to not rely solely on creativity.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

I would go as far as to say companies not only need clarity but shared clarity to effectively communicate and build long-lasting relationships. Creativity is especially important relevancy and sustaining competitive edge. There is not a singular company that exists in 2021 that hasn’t leveraged creativity. Once shared clarity lives within an organization, employees can both easily leverage and obtain clearer ideas to solve internal problems or generate unique ideas to keep audiences engaged.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

Easy – going on a walk with my personally curated playlist of unreleased Young Thug songs on shuffle

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

If I could dedicate my life to solving one problem, then I would dedicate my life to solving the lack of accessibility for persons of color to certain opportunities through Kufour Mensa Bonsu Osei Agyeman (KOAMB). Through KOAMB, My goals are to provide proper rehabilitation to those who have been jailed, imprisoned, and/or homeless; to provide financial support to students who want to attend college. I intend to create a way for people who are often forgotten, overlook, and written-off.

6. Explain your creative process

My creative process: I start by BRAINSTORMING.I always start with brainstorming different ideas to get a full drawing board. Later, I ITINERIZE – or create a timeline – so I can stay on track from the beginning of the project to the end. Then, I RESEARCH to identify what is possible, learn what’s been done (so I can create an iteration and avoid prior challenges). Next, I FLESH OUT the ideas, so they are closer to their final state. Finally, I INCORPORATE feedback before solidifying the project.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans ” constitutes as the best advice I’ve ever received. This, to me, translates to “what is meant for me is meant for me.” If I don’t marry Drake, then he wasn’t meant for me. Besides, Young Thug is taller. For each door that doesn’t open, there is another door farther down the road with LIZ KUFOUR written in bold letters because: what is meant for me is meant for me.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

I would have never pegged myself as “creative” because I believe myself to be the only student who didn’t get an ‘A’ in elementary art. My art was always abstract and not in a Picasso way. Although the two are related, I no longer think artistic ability = creativity when I think about what creativity means to me. Through different projects, I further clarified my definition of creativity to mean: producing a solution to address a challenge or generating an idea to improve a preexisting solution.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

3 Deep x T9ine 3Peat x Lil Wayne Apollo x Smoove'L Ashin the Blunt x Young Thhug ft. 6lack Clouded x Brent Faiyaz Die Showin' Love x Rylo Rodriguez Fake Love x Kaash Paige ft. 42 Dugg Pockets Bigger x Flo Milli The Nether x Trippie Redd Wood Would x Young Thug

10. How do you want people to remember you?

Focused is how I want people to remember me after they’ve met me. Throughout my life, my mother has repeated three phrases to me. The first, “think outside the box.” This usually came when I did things without much thought, or when she wanted me to think always think a step ahead. The second, “you need self-discipline,” which I heard after I decided to order three large Chick-fil-A fries instead of two. And the last phrase she has repeated to me over and over: “focus.” I chose focused because it encapsulates all of my mother’s parental advice for me. With fleeting encounters with other, I want people to remark on how I think outside of the box because I’m highly so focused on meeting and exceeding client or project expectations. I want to be remembered as focused because my goals and objectives are visible to others beside myself through my self-discipline. When I think of close friends and family, I hope they remember me as focused on being a better sister, daughter, or friend because I put their needs before my own, as necessary. Ultimately, I want people to remember me as focused – instead of committed or driven – because each of my actions and my general conduct should be a reflection of the objective at hand as opposed to my personal aspirations in general.

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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You should select me because

I am the best applicant because I view situations through both possibility-progression and problem-solution lenses. I consistently ask myself: how can I improvise to make the task at hand better. Also, I value learning, and I intend to bring an open-mind ready to discover more about creative consultancy through WGI.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

Bio

Despite what my birth certificate may say, I go by Liz – unless I’m in trouble, then it’s Elizabeth. As a child of a traditional Ghanaian mother, I had three career options: engineering, medicine, and law. However, by the time I finished my sophomore year of high school, science wasn’t just cool experiments, and math was no longer easy worksheets, thus I chose to pursue law. Now, I am a 20-year-old college senior at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). While at UT, some of my proudest accomplishments include being one of the few in my study abroad cohort to complete a six-course zipline in Guatemala and taking five 8 am courses despite ample warnings. Ultimately, my participation in high school case competitions and college consulting projects revealed my underlying appetite for creating innovative solutions for businesses within an increasingly globalized economy. This in turn led me to apply to the World’s Greatest Internship, where I hope to become the World’s Greatest Intern.

You should pick me becuase

I am the best applicant because I view situations through both possibility-progression and problem-solution lenses. I consistently ask myself: how can I improvise to make the task at hand better. Also, I value learning, and I intend to bring an open-mind ready to discover more about creative consultancy through WGI.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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