Louise Epstein, director of college partnerships for Bentonville-based Walton Household Basis (WFF), resigned final month lower than two years after taking over the job. Her ultimate day was Jan. 10.
Epstein stated a handful of “fascinating” alternatives fell into her lap that had been laborious to show down. She’ll be doing larger schooling consulting work throughout the nation and even some internationally, targeted on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Epstein began with he WFF in the summertime of 2018. She was beforehand managing director of the Innovation Heart within the Cockrell Faculty of Engineering on the College of Texas in her hometown of Austin.
Earlier than that, she was entrepreneur-in-residence on the McCombs Faculty of Enterprise within the Herb Kelleher Heart for Entrepreneurship the place she mentored college students. Epstein additionally based Cost-Off Clearinghouse, a distressed debt firm that valued, bought and offered $1 billion of charged-off bank cards. As well as, she was one of many first ladies funding bankers in Texas and was elected to the Austin Metropolis Council.
Epstein and her husband, John Henry McDonald, are nonetheless residents of the gated Pinnacle Nation Membership neighborhood in Rogers however do plan to finally relocate again to Austin. McDonald is, amongst different issues in a outstanding life, an completed singer-songwriter. Epstein stated that makes Austin a extra appropriate location for his work.
“His studio and backup band are all in Austin, and he’s been making the journey [to Texas] recurrently to file,” Epstein stated. “Being nearer to his music wants is sensible for us to make the trek again to Texas.”
Epstein’s brief time in Northwest Arkansas produced sturdy private connections and friendships, she stated. This previous April, eight months after shifting to the area, McDonald was concerned in a near-fatal bicycle accident. Epstein stated the help from the couple’s neighbors was overwhelming.
“We could also be altering ZIP codes, however we’re not shedding the chums we made right here,” she stated. “There’s simply no finer individuals. And to not point out the Waltons. To work with them and get to know them … what extraordinary human beings.”
A WFF spokesman stated the inspiration is not going to be filling the director of college partnerships place.