Steffi Kong, Winner of the Sullivan Award at Converse College, “Excels at Everything She Does”

Shi Qing “Steffi” Kong, a senior at Sullivan Foundation partner school Converse College, is no stranger to deadly viruses. As a child in Singapore, she survived SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) at the age of 7 and the H1N1 virus (better known as the swine flu) when she was 10.

“Of course, I am worried about getting [COVID-19],” she told in early May. “But I joke with my friends: Third time is a charm. Either I become a victim or maybe I potentially become superhuman.”

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We’re betting the latter. But whatever happens with the coronavirus – and here’s hoping she doesn’t get it – Kong will likely become a big success. Now a standout student-athlete and the Converse tennis team’s No. 1 singles player since 2016, Kong is also the recipient of the Sullivan Foundation’s prestigious Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for 2020. With her degrees in biochemistry and psychology in hand, Kong plans to attend medical school and ultimately practice psychiatry in the U.S.

“She’s a gem,” Katie Mancebo, Kong’s tennis coach at Converse, told “I’ve never met someone who is harder-working or more disciplined. She just excels at everything she does. She’s probably every coach’s dream as a student-athlete.”

In April, Kong became the first student in Converse history to win the Murphy Osborne Scholar-Athlete Award, the highest academic award for a student-athlete in the Conference Carolinas.

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to study in the United States and be able to have a different experience outside of continuing my education in Singapore,” Kong said. “It’s because of generous scholarships that I am able to attend Converse and accomplish great milestones.”

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Sullivan Award winner Steffi Kong has presented her research at two national conferences and one international conference.

Kong has presented her research and publications at two national conferences and one international conference—a rare privilege for an undergraduate student. She made biophysics presentations at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting & Exhibit in Boston in 2019 and the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence Science Symposium in Columbia, S.C. in 2020.

She also presented her psychology research at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention in Atlanta in 2019. Dr. Marie LePage, one of Kong’s psychology professors at Converse, collaborated with her on the presentation. “On our way driving home from the Atlanta conference, she just lit up like a Christmas tree,” LePage told Conference Carolinas in a profile on Kong. “That’s special for a student to get that jazzed about therapy. She’s just genuinely passionate about it. She wants to be the best she can be. I’ve taught thousands of students, and she ranks among my top five in terms of being an advanced scholar. But when it comes to passion, she absolutely ranks No. 1.”

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After her freshman year at Converse, Kong returned home for the summer and volunteered at a mental health institute. After her sophomore year, she interned at the Kidney Foundation in Singapore. Her senior honors thesis was titled, “Stress, Depression and Anxiety: The College Student Dilemma,” with a strong focus on the differences between student-athletes and non-student-athletes.

“I know she is very interested in medicine,” LePage said in the Conference Carolinas interview. “Whether she goes into psychiatry or general medicine … she will be exceptional.”


She’s the Bawse: Meet the Youngest Retailer in the History of Target

She’s five years old, and she’s the Bawse. She’s also the youngest CEO to ever sell her products on the shelves at retail giant Target.

Of course, Lily Adeleye does have one big advantage over most kids her age: Her mom, Courtney Adeleye, is a highly successful entrepreneur herself, so Lily learned from the best.

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As Black Enterprise reports, Lily is the mini-sized fashion maven behind Lily Frilly, a purveyor of accessories such as hair bows, tote bags, backpacks and lunch boxes for children. Her mom, meanwhile, is founder and CEO of The Mane Choice, a dominant force in the black haircare industry. A social entrepreneur, Courtney Adeleye has dedicated herself to helping other black businesswomen live out their entrepreneurial dreams and take control of their finances. To the tune of $30 million, she partnered with MAV Beauty Brands to launch the Generational Advantage Fund, which provides support for aspiring female entrepreneurs in financial literacy, capital, mentorship, resources and support, scholarships and housing.

Lily isn’t Courtney Adeleye’s first success story, but she might be the cutest. More importantly, she’s also got a head for business, her mom said. “From the time Lily was three, I knew then she had a business mindset,” Courtney told Black Enterprise. “At an early age, as she watched me build a successful business from the ground up, it exposed her to many possibilities and goals, so with that, we didn’t wait until she was an adult to help her pursue them.”

photo of Lily Adeleye wearing one of her Lily Frilly bows in her hair

Lily Adeleye’s mother, Courtney Adeleye, believes “children have the ability to meet their full potential at an early age.”

Lily makes it clear that she’s no figurehead. “I own my own company,” she asserted in the Black Enterprise interview. “I don’t just like it, I love it.”

She also serves as a positive role model for other children who aspire to do more than play video games on their tablets all day long. “We must instill strength, power, assertiveness, authority and confidence in our growing young ladies,” the Lily Frilly website states. “Lily Frilly not only teaches our children about who they are (beautiful young women who can do anything they put their minds to), but it reinforces this vision by layering on a positive initiative with books, clothing, toys, live empowering events, charity events and so much more.”

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Lily Frilly’s online branding is characterized by bright hues, heavy on the pink and red, and lots of photos of children wearing Lily’s bows and other items. Throughout May 2020, the company also hosted a weekly $1,000 “cash giveback” promotion on Instagram. To win, customers had to buy at least one Lily Frilly bow at a Target store, email a copy of the receipt to the company and repost a flyer photo about the giveaway contest on their own Instagram page.

In an April 2020 promotion, Lily’s Instagram followers had a chance to win a vacation to Disney World.

“Many people don’t understand the importance of instilling ‘the NOW’ into children,” Courtney said in the Black Enterprise interview. “Not in all situations do you have to wait until you’re older to pursue your dreams. Lily Frilly believes that children have the ability to meet their full potential at an early age, and we hope people see our story as an inspiration to be innovative and step outside of the box.”

Honors Student Who Fed Thousands and Rape Survivor Advocate Receive Sullivan Awards at The Citadel

Sullivan Foundation partner school The Citadel has named two recipients of the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: An honors student who has provided thousands of meals to the food-insecure and stood up for Native Americans and a professor who has advocated for survivors of rape and domestic violence.

Cadet Olivia Jones (pictured above) is an Honors Program student at The Citadel majoring in political science with a concentration in military affairs. Jones also serves as the Papa Company Commander, maintaining company morale while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Jones has demonstrated her commitment as a servant leader throughout her time at The Citadel, creating a Summer Food Service Program providing 3,700 meals to low-income families. She also has promoted quality of life initiatives for Native American families in New Mexico, providing community training for the most vulnerable in those communities.

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this photo shows a smiling Kristen Hefner, who won the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for faculty members at The Citadel

Dr. Kristen Hefner received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for her work in the areas of victim advocacy and domestic violence education.

Dr. Kristen Hefner, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, has distinguished herself as a teacher-scholar, spearheading community outreach initiatives in the areas of victim advocacy and domestic violence education and creating rich service-learning opportunities for her students. For her service-learning project with People Against Rape, a community non-profit, Hefner and her student were awarded the Good Citizen Award by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Al Cannon and community victim advocates seek to continue Hefner’s humanitarian work, with her students having created over 200 uplifting and encouraging cards for survivors who have been impacted by violence.

In partnership with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the Citadel presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards annually to a student and faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

This story has been edited from the original version on The Citadel’s website.

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Stedman Graham: Self-Leadership and Finding Your Own Identity

Among his many books, businessman and educator Stedman Graham is the author of “Identity Leadership: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself” and the longtime partner of Oprah Winfrey. In this discussion with Kevin Edwards of Real Leaders Magazine, Graham talks about his “Nine-Step Success” process. It all starts, he says, with finding your own identity. “If you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you’re going and you probably don’t know how you’re going to get there,” Graham says. It’s crucial, he notes, to “define yourself as opposed to having the world define you.”

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From an entrepreneurial perspective, Graham also talks about overcoming your personal history and hardwiring; monetizing your purpose and skills; and managing a business as an ecosystem. And he details the importance of self-leadership “based on the philosophy that you can’t lead anybody else until you first lead yourself. We need to focus on those skills and those disciplines … that help us to be the best for ourselves first, so that we can have the foundational work to … transfer those same skills over to an organization or a group or a team [and] create effective performance.”


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Davidson College Bestows Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award on Student With a Heart for the Homeless

A Davidson College graduating senior with a heart for helping the homeless and people in crisis received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 2020.

Emily Duval earned her degree in Literacy and Multilingual Education at Davidson College, a Sullivan Foundation partner school. During her time at Davidson, Duval helped homeless women and children at the Crisis Assistance Ministries and the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Charlotte, N.C.

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She also befriended and treated people in financial crisis “with dignity, listening to their struggles with compassion,” the nomination letter read.

Duval was a Bonner Scholar, a Davidson College honor based on a student’s commitment to enriching the community through volunteering. She was also a QuestBridge Scholar and helped raise awareness on campus about socioeconomic diversity while providing support for high-achieving low-income students.

Additionally, Duval taught children in the LEARN Works after-school program at the Ada Jenkins Center and as a summer servant leader intern with Freedom Schools. She has volunteered at the Lula Bell Houston resource center and was co-coordinator for Be the Match/Project Life and for Room in the Inn.

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She also served on the leadership team of the Davidson ecumenical weekly college worship service, leading prayers and reflections and using “her amazing voice to lead music and to build a spiritual community of inclusion, kindness and grace,” a nominator wrote.

Among her many accolades, Duval received the George Gladstone Memorial Award in 2019. This award recognizes rising seniors “exhibiting high potential for service to mankind as indicated by leadership, service and academic record.”

Rose Denor, Tanner Shivley Earn Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at Carson-Newman University

Sullivan Foundation partner school Carson-Newman University announced that Rose Denor and Tanner Shivley are recipients of the 2020 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The recognition is the highest honor the University presents to students.

Scroll down to watch the video presentation of the awards.

A resident of Chattanooga, Denor has pursued a major in history. A Bonner Scholar, Denor has also served as a student development intern this past year for the University’s Center for Community Engagement. The opportunity allowed her to lead the Bonner Scholars Program. An immigrant from Haiti, Denor has had a heart for also helping immigrants and refugees in the community.

photo of Rose Denor, recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Carson-Newman University

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Rose Denor “cares about making sure that all the people she knows feel seen, loved and valued.”

“[Rose] is a servant leader,” said Bonner Scholars Coordinator Gabby Valentine. “She cares about making sure that all the people she knows feel seen, loved and valued. She goes the extra mile, not because it makes her look good, but because it needs to be done.”

Shivley (pictured at top) is a youth athletics and recreation management major from Fall Branch. “Tanner is one of our hardest working students in our Faith & Justice Scholars Program,” said Dave McNeely, coordinator of the program. “Over the four years he’s been here, he’s always exemplified what it means to just jump in when something needs to be done.”

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Shivley has also helped with tutoring and after-school recreation for elementary school children through the WOW Ministry at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. A Niswonger Scholar, he’s been credited with always being quick to help those in need.

Both Denor and Shivley have also been active in Jefferson County’s Journey Program, which offers extra support and intervention for high school students.

“We are grateful for Rose and Tanner and all the ways they have represented our university,” said University President Charles A. Fowler. “In their time at Carson-Newman, they both have truly demonstrated what it means to be servant leaders.”

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The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1890 to honor Sullivan, an Indiana native and Manhattan attorney who was considered a living example of genteel spirit and Christian compassion. The awards, which are donated by the foundation that bears his name, are granted at 68 colleges and universities to graduating seniors, one female and one male, who “excel in high ideals of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and in generous and unselfish service to others.”

This article was edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Carson-Newman University website.

Paxton Peacock, Natalie Conboy and Chris Nunn Receive Sullivan Awards at Auburn

By Neal Reid

An alumnus with more than two decades of community leadership and a pair of accomplished students recently were tabbed as the 2020 recipients of the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Sullivan Foundation partner school Auburn University.

Community leader Chris Dernard Nunn, animal sciences and pre-vet major Paxton Wade Peacock, and biomedical sciences and psychology double-major Natalie Elizabeth Conboy are the 2020 recipients of the Sullivan Award, which is given annually by Auburn University to individuals who embody high qualities and nobility of character.

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The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award has been presented at Auburn since 1951 as a reminder of the noblest human qualities exemplified by Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent humanitarian and first president of the New York Southern Society, now the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Each year, Auburn bestows the honor on one male and one female student from the graduating class and this year also has honored Nunn as an exemplary alumnus.

photo of Sullivan Award winner Paxton Peacock with a prize pig

Paxton Peacock (left) shows off a prize NBC Showpigs hog.

Paxton Wade Peacock
Paxton Peacock, from Wicksburg, Alabama, serves as a leader not only in the local community, but also within the state, nation and world. He is the founder of NBC Showpigs, which raises, shows and sells elite show hogs. He also founded an international service organization called Chick-Chain Project, which sends chickens and chicken coops to third-world countries.

Peacock has traveled on a medical mission trip to Guatemala, where he established a library in a rural African community by donating more than 1,000 books, and has helped to rebuild a church for the homeless in Paris. In addition, he supervises his family’s Peacock Farms and works as a healthcare policy intern for the Healthcare Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., and he also managed horses at the Auburn University Equestrian Center.

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Peacock is a student in the Honors College, an Undergraduate Research Fellow and is active in the Student Government Association, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors and the Collegiate Board of the National Society of High School Scholars.

After graduation, Peacock will attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

photo of Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Natalie Conboy at Auburn University

Natalie Conboy, a winner of the 2020 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Auburn University, is also the President’s Award winner for Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Natalie Elizabeth Conboy
Natalie Conboy, a resident of Birmingham, takes helping others to new levels. Since she was a freshman, she has volunteered as a tutor at the Esperanza House, a local nonprofit that serves low-income Hispanic children and families. She supports academic and personal growth of more than a dozen children in the program through workshops and recreational events.

She is president of the Student Association for Mentoring, where she helps to train and match student mentors with local school children. She also has been part of a number of research projects, including screening community and student participants for traumatic experiences.

Conboy—who also is this year’s President’s Award winner for the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn—has presented her research at national conventions in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta and was named a Fulbright Scholar semifinalist. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.

photo of Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Chris Nunn of Auburn

Chris Nunn has led Project Uplift at the Lee County Youth Development Center for 20-plus years.

Chris Dernard Nunn
A 1990 graduate from Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, Nunn upholds the meaning of the Auburn Creed in every way. For more than 20 years, he has served as executive manager of community services for Project Uplift at the Lee County Youth Development Center. He has led the community and university project that has placed more than 10,000 volunteers and children together. To improve the overall experience, Nunn developed a more careful screening process, expanded services the program offers and grew communication and data keeping efforts.

Outside of Project Uplift, Nunn has served on a number of community boards, including the East Alabama Medical Center, the City of Opelika Zoning Board of Adjustments, the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, and the Lee County Department of Human Resources.

A former gospel music radio announcer and juvenile probation officer, Nunn also has been involved with area churches as a youth and young adult choir director, Christian education director and youth minister. He currently serves as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hurtsboro, Alabama.

This article was edited from the original version appearing on the Auburn University website.

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Grace Smith, Christopher Kelsey Receive Sullivan Awards from Duke University

Sullivan Foundation partner school Duke University bestowed the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 2020 upon a medical school professor and physician who has touched the lives of numerous cancer patients and a student who has volunteered with genocide survivors in Rwanda.

Each year, Duke recognizes one graduating senior and one member of the faculty, staff or graduate student body for their outstanding commitment to service to others by awarding them the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This year’s Sullivan Award winners are Dorothy Grace Smith, a senior studying neuroscience at Trinity College, and Dr. Christopher Ryan Kelsey, a radiation oncology specialist and faculty member of Duke’s School of Medicine.

Both honorees received a framed certificate and medallion from Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth during a virtual ceremony held April 23.

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While the Sullivan Award was established in 1925 to honor the memory of Algernon Sydney Sullivan—a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in the late 19th century—the values the award seeks to honor are timeless. The Sullivan Award recognizes individuals who exhibit qualities of selflessness, generosity of service, nobility of character, integrity and depth of spirituality.

Both of this year’s award winners embody these characteristics in both their professional and personal lives.

Dorothy Grace Smith
Few people may be as aptly named as Grace Smith, the 2020 student recipient of the Sullivan Award. “She exhibits a spirit of love and service to others more than any 22-year-old I have met,” says Libby Boehne of Duke’s Campus Ministry. “It is rare to find a person who deeply cares for other people by asking questions, actively listening and being with others in their most difficult times. Grace is that person.”

A Benjamin Newton Duke Scholar, Grace will graduate from Trinity College this May with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and minors in both psychology and religion. Much of her undergraduate work has focused on the impact of trauma and how it affects the communications and recovery needs of its victims.

a photo of a smiling Grace Smith, winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Duke University

Grace Smith

This focus has led to numerous volunteer activities, such as assisting with programs sponsored by Reality Ministries for adults living with developmental disabilities; providing emotional support and resourcing advice for the National Alliance on Mental Illness; working with the South Carolina Coalition Against  Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; and helping to shape the Duke Presbyterian Campus Ministry+. In the latter capacity, Grace helped found a support network of students who reach out to one another for support on the important issues affecting their lives.

One of her most profound volunteer experiences involved serving as a summer intern for Solace Ministries, a nonprofit founded by and for survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. In May of 2018, Grace boarded a plane to Kigali, Rwanda, with the hope of serving survivors of the genocide and studying post-traumatic stress disorder.

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True to form, in looking back on this experience, Grace chooses to downplay the value of her own efforts in Rwanda and instead speaks about the gifts that the survivors gave to her—praising their resilience and spirituality. “They showed me a service that creates spaces for joy and sadness, for anger and disappointment, for doubt and confidence … reaching out with hope and faith,” she says. “This is a service which I hope to dedicate myself to continuing to discover, articulate, and embody.”

By all accounts, Grace is doing just that.

Dr. Christopher Ryan Kelsey
Dr. Christopher Kelsey is a man who makes the world a better place each and every day. His nomination for the Sullivan Award includes testimony after testimony as to his ability to balance his many responsibilities with compassion and integrity: “There is a quality about Chris that does not compartmentalize his beliefs and his public/professional life,” said a colleague who nominated him for the award. “He always lives as if his values are part of every decision and action.”

“He is a genuine, unassuming person who has a special way of setting his anxious patients at ease,” another said. “He deeply cares about the well-being of those who have put their trust in him.”

As an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology within the Duke Cancer Institute, Chris treats patients, presents lectures as chief resident and is a prolific researcher who has published numerous papers on lung cancer, radiology, and other related topics.

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He also trains future doctors with skill and patience. “I have witnessed him mentoring many medical students, residents and younger faculty,” one colleague wrote about him. “He is always patient and kind when he is interrupted with a request or question. He is willing to help others at any time and gives his full attention as if there were no other matters competing for his time.”

Dr. Christopher Kelsey

As remarkable as his service in the field of medicine is, that’s only part of his deep commitment to others. Over the past decade, Chris has also served in two prominent unpaid ecclesiastical roles within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where his roles have included pastoral counseling, organizational oversight and financial decision-making that is often focused on how to distribute church resources to those in need.

He also regularly visits people in their homes, hospitals and at the church, making a lasting and profound impact on their lives, his nominators said: “Dr. Kelsey made numerous visits to our home and to Duke Hospice Hock Pavilion during the last days of my husband’s life,” one recalled. “I feel like Dr. Kelsey walked with us, right by our side, during this devastating time… I am so grateful for Dr. Kelsey’s love, compassion and service.”

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“I have personally witnessed him help the poor, bless the sick and afflicted, and help those burdened and pained with life’s burdens,” another nominator said.

How can one person give so much of his time and energy to those around him? Perhaps his colleague in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Grace Kim, explained his inspiration best. “The foundation of his character—his kindness, gentleness, respect, humility and generosity of time—are all rooted in his love for others,” she said.

This article has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Duke University website.

All Campbell University Students Will Receive Private Rooms in Fall 2020 Semester

As part of its ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the well-being of students, Sullivan Foundation partner school Campbell University will provide all residential students with private accommodations during the upcoming academic year.

“As we prepare to reopen campus this fall and welcome new and returning students, their health and safety is of the utmost importance,” said Dennis Bazemore, vice president for student life at Campbell. “We believe providing private rooms for all residential students is one of the major steps to achieve that goal.”

“We have reviewed our housing facilities, and we have the space to spread out our residential students, so we have taken this challenge and turned it into an opportunity to benefit them,” Bazemore added.

The university will waive its private room fee of $800.

photo of a Campbell University residence hall where all students will get private rooms for the fall 2020 semester
Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive a private room beyond completing the standard housing application. The application should be submitted by July 15. No further action is required by students who have already submitted the application or received a housing assignment.

Eligible students will still have the option to request to live off-campus.

Campbell University said it will continue to follow CDC recommendations in regards to cleaning and disinfecting campus property. Residence halls will be cleaned and disinfected before move-in. Following move-in, the university will continue to clean and disinfect residence hall public spaces and bathrooms. Residence Life staff will ensure students are maintaining their private spaces appropriately.

This story has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Campbell University website.

Video: Solving the Single-Use Plastic Problem With Emma Rose of FinalStraw

The truth about single-use plastic and America’s recycling problem comes to light as Kevin Edwards of Real Leaders Magazine gets insights from Emma Rose, founder and CEO of FinalStraw in this exclusive interview. As a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics, Rose and her company design and create Foreverables, described as “responsibly made, badass products.” The FinalStraw itself is a sleek, smartly designed, highly portable and totally reusable straw (available in a wide range of appealing colors) that comes in a small case you could easily attach to your keychain.

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In this far-ranging discussion of the zero-waste movement and the mission of FinalStraw, Rose explains why paper isn’t necessarily better than plastic, why recycling isn’t the be-all end-all solution to waste, and the problem of biodegradable plastics. “The problem is in single-use,” Rose explains. “Straws aren’t the problem, it’s the way we consume products and throw them away … What we’re trying to do is kind of retrain people to think not only about where does the product go when you throw it away but also what goes into making that product and how can we redesign things so that we’re not wasting all these materials and energy and fuel to make something that lasts 30 seconds and then we throw it away.”

About Real Leaders Magazine: Located on the web at, Real Leaders Magazine is the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. Real Leaders aims to inspire better leaders for a better world, a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. Click here to subscribe to Real LeadersFor more Real Leaders video content, check out their Youtube page here.