Meet Alumna April Bowman: Entrepreneur, Minister

Meet Alumna April Bowman: Entrepreneur, Minister


While applying to graduate school at Northwestern University in 2009, April Bowman was tasked with spelling out her dream job.

Flash-forward to 2012, when Bowman walked right into it, equipped with a Master’s of Science degree in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) from the School of Education and Social Policy.

“I literally wrote down the exact job title, salary, and responsibilities, in 2009,” said Bowman, the first in her family to graduate from college. “It was ‘the job’.”

Bowman's ideal position at the time was working as the director of alumni programs at Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in North Texas. But by the summer of 2016, she was ready for more.

“It became a bit unsettling that I was doing really great work, but I wasn’t reaching the peak of what I know I’m meant to contribute to the world,” said Bowman. 

At Uplift Education and through her volunteerism, Bowman often talked to groups of underserved youth about going to college, only to gaze into a sea of blank stares. She knew she could do better. After all, she was once them.

“Talking to young people about how to get into college does not motivate them,” Bowman said. “So I changed my approach and said, ‘Let’s talk about your dreams. What kind of life do you want? What legacy will you leave?' That’s what gets their wheels turning. Once young people are ignited to dream and set goals, then help them see how college can assist in achieving their dreams.”

Taking a leap, she launched Bold Believers United, an organization focused on empowering young people within underserved communities, schools, and organizations. Bowman, who also recently became a licensed minister after completing a two-year program, hopes to expand Bold Believers United through education and ministry. 

In leaving a secure, fulfilling career for the risks of an entrepreneurial life and spreading the gospel, Bowman has no regrets. She credits the MSLOC program with giving her the knowledge and skills she needed  -- particularly in the areas of consulting, change management, leadership and learning theories --  to take the risk to start her own business.

“Most people are on the hamster wheel of life,” she said. “I refuse to live life just going through the motions and settling for the status quo. I am on a mission towards walking in my higher purpose and liberating others to do the same. That is how we change the world for the better.”

By Ellen Almer
Last Modified: 6/30/17