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Katie Shippen

Katie Shippen

Nonprofit Passion

Katie is a Wyoming-native from Cody, Wyoming. She is passionate about the outdoors and loves to spend her time soaking in the sunshine, scenery, sights, and sounds that make the West so unique. Katie graduates in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has recently accepted a position as the Marketing and Project Manager with TOMIS, an outdoor tourism marketing company in Missoula, MT. TOMIS recently won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank Competition. Katie is excited to continue building a career and developing her skills in an evolving industry.  

On the power of her experience, Katie said: “My value in the organization stems from the fact I was a member for ten years… This program influenced my life by giving me an out when it came to activities that made me uncomfortable, instilled a passion in me to promote healthy choices through positive peer pressure. As an intern, I am valuable because I can both relate to the students and speak objectively from a more “outside” perspective (due to the fact that I am a remote employee).”

On her passion for nonprofits, Katie said: “I recently interviewed one of the UW Foundation’s senior executives to gain more perspective on nonprofit development and fundraising. During our meeting, I was told I was a rare breed. He explained that my passion for nonprofits is unique because many people do not expect or plan to work for these types of organizations.

“Katie has great initiative and was able to get an assignment and run with it. She would check in when she hits a roadblock or has a major question but otherwise she was extremely independent. Katie was amazing and I would love to work with UW interns in the future.” –Deborah White, Founder and Program Sponsor.


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