Erin McClurg Kozlowski

Erin McClurg Kozlowski, Fashion Merchandising Management ’02, is chief development officer for Special Olympics Florida. Reeling from the September 11 terrorist attacks, Kozlowski moved to Miami after graduation and worked in hospitality marketing until 2013, when, disillusioned by South Beach’s materialistic culture, she took a fundraising position at the Special Olympics. Her statewide team now raises $18 million annually through corporate sponsorships, black-tie galas, sporting events, grants, and a campaign at grocery store checkouts; the funds allow 47,000 people of all ages with intellectual disabilities to compete in 22 sports. “Development is just marketing,” she explains. “Instead of a product, I’m marketing an idea.”

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