Profile by Angela Pearson
When Kate Gallagher was a freshman at Mizzou she was told that there were three “S’s” of college—school, sleep and social life— and that she needed to pick two. Instead, she added a fourth.
“I threw in sports,” she says.
Gallagher, a senior finance major from Savannah, Mo., maintains her four “S’s” while also running a student business which she helped create.
In addition to keeping a 4.0 grade-point average, Gallagher is the co-founder Quirks, a consignment shop housed in the MU Student Center that caters to the local crafting community.
Selling one-of-a-kind Mizzou coasters, necklaces and original canvas art, Quirks serves as a creative outlet for crafters, designers and other entrepreneurs.
Gallagher and three other students collaborated to develop the idea for the store. They presented their business plan to the Missouri Student Unions Entrepreneurial Program and were granted space for the 2013-14 school year.
“We would like to see it continue after we graduate, whether we own it or it is something the university picks up,” Gallagher says.
Her responsibilities with the store include issuing financial statements, paying cosigners and handling purchases, along with other day-to-day operations.
Outside of school and her time at Quirks, Gallagher has found success on the golf course as a member of the MU women’s golf team.
“I’ve been playing in tournaments since I was six,” she says.
In 2011 and 2012, Gallagher was named an All-American Scholar and served as a representative at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Form. She is also the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Her work with athletics spans beyond being an athlete as Gallagher spent last summer as an intern with the MU athletic business office.
Gallagher also manages to make time to serve the community.
“The community around here has given me so much. I think it’s only fair I give back,” says Gallagher, who serves on the Executive Planning Committee for the Boys and Girls Club annual Rootin’-Tootin’ Chili Cookoff
Gallagher recognizes the role of mentors who have influenced her and helped her become the leader she is today. As she looks forward to life after Mizzou, Gallagher says she would like to work in collegiate athletics and become a mentor for other student-athletes.