Kendra Scott to speak at Archie McDonald Speaker Series

Kendra Scott, fashion designer, CEO of Kendra Scott and philanthropist from Austin, Texas, will be the honored guest at the 10th annual Archie McDonald Speaker Series on April 20, 2020.

Hosted by Student Government Association, the event was created in 2010 by the College of Liberal and Applied Arts to honor Dr. Archie P. McDonald’s legacy.

McDonald taught history at SFA for 48 years. According to the Speaker Series website, “The annual event is designed to honor and preserve the legacy of a distinguished scholar, educator and community commentator who brings American culture to the average person. In the tradition of McDonald’s writings and oral presentations, the speaker series will host a prominent national figure annually at SFA to discuss contemporary cultural issues- from politics to art. In the process, the national profile of SFA will be enhanced, and the community will be enriched.”

SGA President Scarleth Lopez said Scott is the right fit for this year’s series.

“As student body president, it is an enormous honor to host such an accomplished designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist at SFA. Kendra Scott is an amazing example of how hard work will make your dreams come true, and I hope people hear her story and are inspired to continue down their own path toward success.”

April Smith, associate director of development for the University, said that they’re grateful for SGA and their support.

Scott is also well known for her local and national philanthropy work, donating over $5 million annually and hosting 8,000 fundraising and awareness events.

“I was very excited when we finally confirmed that she was coming, not only because her jewelry is beautiful, but she does a lot to give back,” Lopez said. “Her company is always up for hosting in-store events where a portion of the proceeds go directly to the benefiting cause. I truly believe Kendra Scott is the kind of person who we can all learn from, and I’m glad we can have our students hear from her directly.”

A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, SFA associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.

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