Lindsey Boyd

Lindsey Boyd

Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Wheatridge, CO
Business Administration, 2014

"My advice would be to pay attention to what is controllable in your path and have a relentless attitude when pursuing your goals. Be thankful and utilize the University of South Dakota Alumni Association and connect with previous alumni as they can be some of your biggest advocates."

Q&A with Lindsey:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I graduated from the Beacom School of Business with a degree in business administration and management. After I graduated from USD, I became a graduate assistant softball coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha where I received a Master in Business Administration (MBA). From there, I moved back to my home state of Colorado and began my career in finance. I have built my career and book of business working for Merrill Lynch as a wealth management advisor. I now manage millions of dollars in assets and liabilities for high-net worth individuals and businesses. Through this career I have been able to connect with individuals in the community and have been able to make a significant impact on the families and businesses I work with by helping them prioritize and pursue the goals that matter most to them.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

My experience at USD heavily influenced my career path in more ways than one. My professors, coaches and the support staff all played an imperative part in shaping my career and values. The Beacom School of Business set an elite standard for all students to not only achieve academic success, but to be active participants within the university and in the community. This standard has stuck with me, and I work to not only achieve success as a professional, but to be a vital and positive force in the community as well. I do this by serving as part of the Denver Planning & Design, which works to keep the historical character of Denver and support healthy growth of the city. Our board is currently involved in the planning of McGregor Square and many other large-scale projects in downtown Denver. I am also very involved in the fundraising for Senior House Options and am part of the Lower Downtown Cares committee, which is known for helping lower downtown Denver become the first recognized compassionate neighborhood.

The Beacom School of Business and the talented professors helped uncover my passion for entrepreneurship and small business. As treasurer and an active participant of the College Entrepreneurship Organization, I developed business plans and pitched them at competitions around the state. More importantly, I was surrounded by other students who had the same passion and helped inspire and edit ideas. The support and guidance USD offered for business and entrepreneurship as well as my four years as a student-athlete is what ignited my resilient attitude, competitive spirit and is what gave me the confidence to build and grow a business of my own.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

I have many proud achievements, but I have yet to attain my proudest achievement.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

I was blessed to have the opportunity to play for the University of South Dakota softball team for four years. During that time I was a team captain, All-Conference award winner, All-American Scholar and I still hold the single season and career record for stolen bases. While participating as a student-athlete, I was nominated to be the University of South Dakota’s Female Representative at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. I will always be thankful for the opportunity our softball coach, Amy Klyse, and the University of South Dakota gave me to pursue my education while competing as a student-athlete.

While I was heavily involved in athletics, I cherished my time participating in campus organizations and community outreach. I was the treasurer of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization and actively represented and competed for our university in business competitions. I was the head of the Special Olympics Committee and chaired the Field Day Committee. I organized Field Day at the DakotaDome for the elementary schools in the area. Along with that, I volunteered for the Backpack Program, packing paper bags full of food for kids to take home over the weekend. I was part of the National Collegiate Honors Society and was very proud to be a part of the Beacom School of Business.

Beyond being involved in athletics, campus organizations and community, I made some of my best friends and memories at the University of South Dakota. I am in touch with my business school professors, and my softball coaches continue to influence my life in the most positive ways. I will be forever grateful for my time at the University of South Dakota and for the impact it has had on me as a person and a professional.

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