Katie is now involved in numerous areas of campus. She has most enjoyed the opportunities she’s had to speak to students, most recently during the 2017 FACS Week, a celebration of the opportunities provided to students through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
“It’s been re-energizing and inspiring,” Katie said. “You realize the students in these classes, and those who work for me, are only 18- to 22-years-old. But they are so talented and are doing things that a lot of us were not doing at their age. Their abilities are kind of mind-blowing.”
Katie is also committed to hiring UGA students and alumni to work for Cheeky Peach. “I wanted to create a place that is not just a workplace, but also a training program,” Katie explained. “You’re coming here and you’re working, but I’m committing to you.”
She’s also dedicated to helping her young employees advance their careers in the fashion and apparel industry by assisting them with their resumes, preparing them for interviews, and helping them make connections in the business.
Through her relationships in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, which is celebrating its centennial in 2018, Katie became familiar with the Ghana study abroad program. The UGA Corporate Relations team helped her establish the Cheeky Peach Scholarship Fund as a way to support a program in which she saw great value. This scholarship will support a fashion merchandising student studying abroad in Ghana this spring. The scholarship recipient will also have the opportunity to work with Katie to have garments made in Ghana sold in Cheeky Peach.