Learning to Lead

June 09, 2016

Ambition and experience are powerful qualities, and Mackenzie Shivers ’16, a marketing and management graduate from Salem, Ohio, embodies both.

During Shivers’ time at Mount Union, she served as President of Delta Sigma Tau, a Preview Guide, a Raider Guide Coordinator, and was involved with numerous other academic honoraries and organizations. Shivers was also a student of the entrepreneurship program at Mount, which gave her the opportunity to work directly with INCUBOX Business Incubator, a local company sponsored through the university, Alliance Area Development Foundation and the City of Alliance.

“What’s special about Mount Union is that the leadership opportunities are endless,” Shivers said. “You have the opportunity to go out into the community and meet people, which will be very beneficial for my future professional career."

Shivers dedicated her undergraduate career at Mount Union to striving for those leadership opportunities.

One opportunity that Shivers credits to helping her develop as a leader was her time as president of her sorority, Delta Sigma Tau. She not only learned about herself as a leader, but about the importance of working with others throughout any organization as well.

“I really struggled with delegation prior to that experience,” Shivers said. “I learned that growing as a leader involves letting other people lead with you.”

Through her business major, Shivers has also had the opportunity to participate in various experiential learning activities, such as case competitions, research projects and studies at Mount Union and beyond.

“While at Mount Union, I constantly did things that I will be doing in the workforce and these opportunities will really help me in the future,” Shivers said. 

The importance of inspiring others on campus does not stop there for Shivers. She knows that no matter what position, anyone can have a positive influence on the campus community.

“You inspire people a lot easier than you think you might,” Shivers said. “It is a chain affect – who you are inspiring is more than just the person you are talking to.”

Inspiration is only part of the equation, however. Shivers knows that believing in yourself and being confident is equally as important for women.

“If you are confident and you believe in yourself, others will believe in you as well,” Shivers said. 

With the confidence and inspiration fueled by the opportunities given to her on campus, Shivers is ready to attack her professional career.

“I am looking for opportunities that inspire me,” Shivers said. “I want to wake up and love what I am doing. I want something that challenges me and makes me happy.”

Due to her dedication to her academics, organizations, and Mount Union, Shivers was named Mount Union’s 2016 Outstanding Senior Woman, ending her influential and inspiring undergraduate career.



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