“I was always empowered to not only be a voice in the community, but to also take action. Working with September of Service projects with the Honors Program further amplified that leaders are needed in every space. It is up to you if you want to lead the charge for change.”

Shanice Oliver was a very active student during her undergraduate years at CBU. She was a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing, graduating cum laude with an Honors Diploma, who still managed to be actively involved with her sorority, the Black Student Association, the NAACP student chapter, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, the Honors Program, and to serve as a resident assistant and peer counselor — all while also being a September of Service leader, a President’s Ambassador, a Lasallian Collegian, and a volunteer for the Food Recovery Network. All of which added up to her selection as a member of the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015, one of the highest distinctions available to CBU students.

“My favorite CBU memory is having the opportunity to host future students and leaders on the campus,” Shanice says. “From supporting young budding entrepreneurs with Enactus and Memphis Challenge to facilitating scholarship interviews, it was a great way to show others what diversity looks like on the campus.”

Since her graduation, Shanice has gone on to earn a master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Memphis. She has been employed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the last six years, currently as an Influencer Marketing Strategist, and is also a founder and CEO of Flawless Designs, a social enterprise and publishing company that promotes diversified and inclusive educational enrichment experiences through art and technology for young ladies of color. As an extension to this work, she mentors high school and college-age students to follow and complete their higher education journey.

Shanice currently serves as a Social Media Chairman for the Junior League of Memphis, and is also still active as a CBU alumna, having served as president of the School of Business Alumni Association, as well as being active in Pepperdine alumni organizations. She served as Global Impact Chairman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and also served as Treasurer of the Sisters in Service Foundation, which was founded to support local and global philanthropic needs related to education, women’s health, caregivers, the arts, entrepreneurship, and refugee empowerment. Partnering with Shamrakshak Samuha Nepal (or “SASANE”) through her Pepperdine University graduate program, Shanice volunteered her marketing skills to enhance fundraising initiatives and create empowerment materials for young ladies going through the program to become paralegals for battered young women in Nepal. She also led a digital fundraising workshop for the Neighborhood Christian Center with ALSAC/St. Jude, mentoring over 40 students on career opportunities in the digital technology landscape here in Memphis.

I enjoy volunteering my time because it reflects my spiritual values. Taking a selfless break from one’s daily life to serve others opens the heart to love more, listen intentionally, and build community.