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Kentucky Kernel

Kentucky Kernel

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. For one UK alumna, her health food expertise and business savvy won her over a husband and a business.

Dawn Kelley, a UK political science graduate, has been adding on to her success one almond at a time. Since 2011, she has been the president and CEO of Barney Butter, a California-based almond butter company. Kelley has helped the business grow from an unknown name to the third largest almond butter on the market in the country.

So just how did a born and raised Lexingtonian end up with an almond butter company in California? Kelley’s story is a classic case of hard work paying off.

As a political science major, Kelley followed what she thought was her dream to a law firm in Atlanta. After discovering that field wasn’t for her, Kelley embarked on an employment journey that took her from Atlanta to Chicago to California and from consultant to vice president to president. Though her career history didn’t exactly follow her degree, she did not regret the decision in college. In fact, Kelley is grateful to both UK and her major for exposing her to such diverse experiences.

 

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