Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 1977 Scholar Beth Baker Owens

Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 1977 Scholar Beth Baker Owens

Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board are interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better. The following Q&A was compiled by Boettcher Scholar Gergana Kostadinova.

Scholar Year: 1977
Hometown: Longmont
College(s), Degree(s), Graduation Year(s): University of Denver, B.A. French Language & Literature, B.S. in Chemistry (1982), University of Phoenix, MBA

Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation?

Since 1997, I celebrate regularly with real estate clients as they grow their net worth and establish new homes for their families. I serve them when their child purchases her first home or when we sell their parents’ home or build their portfolio. Concurrently, I teach real estate classes to first-time home buyers, investors, and Realtors to empower them to make better choices through a deeper understanding of the market and best real estate practices.

What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now?

This focus on empowering others is also reflected in my work as a business and life transition coach. My various activities today stem from an earlier, 13-year career teaching science to teens and demonstration skills to elementary teachers. I marvel how these opportunities all stem from undergraduate degrees in chemistry and French at the University of Denver! Without the Boettcher Scholarship, I would have had to attend CU Boulder part-time while working full-time. Who knows where that path would have led?

Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations, or groups outside of work.

My first weekend at DU, I met Kent Owens, who would become my husband five years later. When our three kids were in their middle-school years, we homeschooled them. This experience knit our family together and developed a love of learning we share today. Now, with the kids grown, I am developing new areas of interest as an active Boettcher Ambassador, Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board member, Toastmaster, and rower. My family and I regularly cook, read, play games, learn about new things, and hike together.

What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field?

Any person who wants to have a positive impact on his own life needs to be curious, mindful, and intentional. For a busy “human doing,” such as a Boettcher Scholar, this time shifting focus is especially important. Meditation, especially being still, was not innate to me. Still, by developing the practice through years of good times and hard times, I’ve become better able to adjust, cope, and be resilient.

If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why?

For a most memorable dinner, I would ask Jesus to dinner with friends, family, and me. This would probably have the most challenging and lasting impact on those present. It might not be as fun as having my favorite musician or as inspiring as hosting my most admired statesman. And it might not be as intellectually challenging as listening to a world-renowned professor or as heartwarming as bringing loved ones together. Our spiritual lives affect how we think, are, and act. Jesus got to the spiritual heart of the matter in his stories and often dined with people from all walks of life.

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