Kawana Williams, Florida State University

Kawana Williams

Kawana Williams decided to ignore the advice of her classmates at Florida State University, and she is glad she did.

The Georgiana, Alabama, native came to FSU to earn her master’s degree in higher education. But after she got here, she just assumed she would be like so many others eight to 10 years ago – get her degree and leave. “That’s what everyone told me,” she said. “Other grad students who came here from larger cities would ask me why I would want to stay here. They said there was nothing to do. They weren’t even looking to find a job here.”

The funny thing is that a lot of those people ended up coming back, Kawana said. “They now live here, and they enjoy it.”

Now in her position as director of professional development and employer relations at the FSU College of Business, Kawana works with MBA students to help them become more marketable to potential employers. She also gets businesses to come to campus to recruit business students for full-time jobs. Some of those employers are right here in Tallahassee.

Access has been a big help in that pursuit, Kawana said. “I am still fairly new to the Access program, but I am excited to be a part of it. I actually got involved as part of my job because it is so helpful in getting connected to local professionals, which has helped my students and my own career.

“A lot of people don’t know how much great talent is here. Just to be exposed to it has been awesome.”

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