Owner of Philanthropy Forward
Class of 2007, Sociology major
As the owner of a consulting company, Washburn focuses on nonprofit foundations of small to medium size. Her company helps them maintain excellent operations and expand their reach. Washburn says her clients have initiatives everywhere from emergency assistance on a local level to major interventions in international aid. On the side, Washburn manages investment properties she and her husband have purchased.
How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?
At SPU, I majored in sociology, and I minored in business and history. I also started my first company while attending SPU. This well-rounded approach has given me invaluable experience relating both to human needs, as well as business management. I now run my own business that focuses on making the world a better place, and my time at SPU gave me incredibly valuable guidance toward this career.
Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?
Sociology professors, Dr. David Diekema and David Caddell, were huge in my personal development during my time at SPU. Their teaching encouraged my interest in looking at people in a new way, and I also felt encouraged to continue to learn and re-examine my preconceived notions through the way they taught. Every intellectual curiosity and question was welcomed by both of them.
What advice would you give to current SPU students?
After graduation do whatever you’d like to! Don’t look for something you “have” to do. The possibilities are endless and the risks are low at this time in your life.