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UNIBusiness alumnus one of the youngest Forty Under 40 Recipients

2 years ago
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Headshot of alumni Skylar Mayberry-Mayes with the text in the title over the image

Skylar Mayberry-Mayes (Finance ‘12) was recently recognized as one of the youngest Business Record - Forty Under 40 recipients. In addition to being a full-time graduate student and insurance professional, he has served on the board and/or council of several non-profit organizations within his community, such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Professionals Connection, Oakridge Neighborhood Services, The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Nationwide® Community Engagement Council. He is a 2015 recipient of the Barack Obama - President’s National Volunteer Service Award, and has annually committed over 500 hours of community service for the past five consecutive years.

Service and leadership are not new concepts to Skylar. During his time at UNI, he was recognized as the Student Leader of the Year at the College and University levels. He also served as a student leader for a number of organizations on campus, including: UNIBusiness President’s Council, Investments Club, EXCEL, Black Student Union, Northern Iowa Student Government, CATS, National Residence Hall Honorary Panther Pride Chapter, Black Male Leaders Union, Financial Management Association, Rho Epsilon Real Estate Society, UNI Society of Dispute Resolutions, Ethnic Student Promoters, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity… and many more. Amazingly he accomplished all of this while balancing jobs as a Financial Aid representative and Resident Assistant.

When asked about his future aspirations, he commented, "I have aspirations of developing a comprehensive college preparatory program for young African-American males. This program would focus on the developmental stages of young men, with a strong concentration on professional workplace behaviors. I would leverage community partnerships to secure internships and postgraduate employment for them."

Skylar works as a commercial lines underwriter for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.


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