Hometown: Torrington, Wyoming
Major: BS in Animal Science, MS in Animal Breeding & Genetics
Minor: Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Graduation Date: May 2014 & Aug 2016
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What is your story?
I was recruited by Tom Field to join the Engler program when I transferred to the University of Nebraska as a Junior in 2012. I did not have a solid business idea at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed being part of a group of innovative, motivated and hard-working individuals. My peers pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and made me a better person. I developed the idea for my photography business through the classes required for my Engler minor, but figured I would not open my business for years, if I ever did at all. Fast forward just one year past my M.S. graduation and the entrepreneurial spark that was ignited through the Engler program has started a fire in my life. I have not only launched Katie Ochsner Photography, but also run another business on the side in addition to my full-time job in the beef industry which I absolutely love. I feel privileged to now call my Engler peers some of my closest friends, and the network that I built through the Engler program continues to benefit me in my career.
What is your business?
Katie Ochsner Photography www.facebook.com/katieochsnerphotography
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My grandfather, George Ochsner. He took risks and worked extremely hard amidst difficult circumstances to build our family ranching operation into the thriving business that it is today.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
If you don't come into the program with a 'big idea,' do not put pressure on yourself to find one. Take advantage of being surrounded by the innovative thinkers that the Engler program attracts and perhaps an idea will come to you that you may never have expected.
What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?
I can't narrow it down to a single experience, but the most rewarding part of my involvement with Engler has been the network I've built and how that network has continued to grow and benefit me post-graduation.
What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?
Finding time to commit to my business while also working a full-time job.