Kowhai Anderson



When the Enterprise Story was introduced, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. My goal was to interview a successful female business owner and capture their story. In the words of Sheryl Sandberg, CFO of Facebook, “Today in the United States and the developed world, women are better off than ever.” For my project, I hoped to find a woman who exemplifies these encouraging words. I wanted to find a woman who is passionate about what she does and uses her success to better the lives of the people around her. In my search, I found Stacy Kelly, the owner of Construction Material Recycling.

For this project, I had to step outside of my comfort zone. A wallflower is a noun I would use to describe myself. Reaching out and contacting someone I was unfamiliar with, asking if I could visit their business and take an hour out of their day for an interview, was an intimidating thought. I fortunately conquered my fears and successfully reached out to Kelly. I am thankful I did, as it was an honor to interview her. She was welcoming, honest and vulnerable. I was moved by Kelly’s story of strength and compassion. Additionally, I got to speak with two of Kelly’s close friends who are also successful entrepreneurs. Their words of admiration and respect were inspiring.  


As I began combing through the information I gathered, I decided I wanted the focus of my article to be on Kelly. I organized the story in a chronological order, filled with quotes to make the story more personal. In the process of writing this article, I realized the value of creating a timely narrative. Interviewing a successful businesswoman is an opportunity I’m thankful to have had.


Kowhai Anderson is studying to receive her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah. She is a declared communication major with an emphasis in strategic communication. Her aspirations include building a career in advertising, marketing and public relations. Anderson is an avid reader with a passion for photography, live music, film and fashion.