When Regis University President John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., asked Bailey Gent what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, the Regis junior paused.
Enjoying a dinner with fellow Opus Prize student scholars as well as with University leadership, Gent hadn’t really stopped to think about it. Pressed, she offered up not an end destination, but rather a philosophy she has come to live by.
“I said ‘the best things in life that have happened to me I’ve never anticipated,” Gent said. “In high school, I never thought I’d ever be at Regis. At Regis, I never thought I’d have done everything I’ve done. I’ve always believed that if you meet the right people and do the right thing, things will fall into place.”
For Gent, a business administration and peace and justice studies major, finding her true calling at Regis has provided her incredible opportunities for learning not just in the classroom but across the globe.
In 2017, Gent participated in the President’s Leaders in Service, PeaceJam, Institute on the Common Good and is currently an intern at The Washington Center, in Washington, D.C. Her involvement has enabled her to travel to Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Uganda, Ghana and Peru.
“A big piece of why I’m able to do so much, is I’m so in love with the work that I’m doing,” she said. “A lot of what I’ve been able to do is out of my wildest dreams.”
Her latest venture took her to Peru, where she visited Regis Fulbright Scholar Bobbi Ewelt. The College of Business and Economics Innovation Center held a competition for business students to earn an all-expenses paid trip to Peru.
While there, Gent continued her look into female entrepreneurs and the role they play in their communities. She also worked with Ewelt to help interview and connect with various female business owners. Gent plans to put together a case study exploring how female business owners operate in all the countries she has visited.
Although she still can’t yet definitively answer Father Fitzgibbons’ question, her Regis journey to date has helped her understand better where she’s headed. She is interested in working with social entrepreneurs and will get the opportunity with the Washington Center’s Impact Hub, a social entrepreneur incubator. There, she will work on a United Nations sustainable development goal enterprises project.
“Before Regis I had no idea about the Jesuit mission,” she said. “When I applied I was fascinated by the Jesuit values. I’m so happy I came to Regis. It’s given me an opportunity to use business as a mechanism for social change. I want to create a business that is sustainable and gives back. I want something that helps feed an economy that takes care of its people.”