women's history month, smu, courtney caldwell

Southern Methodist University Interviews ShearShare COO for Women’s History Month Capsule

Courtney Caldwell (SMU class of 2000) was interviewed by Valeria Reynosa via the Zoom internet-based video conferencing software. Mrs. Caldwell was born in California but grew up primarily in San Antonio, Texas, although her family moved frequently due to her father’s military service. In her interview, she discusses schools she attended in San Antonio and Nashville, Tennessee, as well as the role religion played in her life from an early age. She graduated from the Texas Military Institute, and was both valedictorian and senior class president. In the summer before her senior year in high school, she enrolled in a continuing education program on the SMU campus, which led her to apply. While at SMU, she studied business and participated in numerous programs and activities, including track and field, ROTC, Honor Council, Voices of Inspiration gospel choir, and the Association of Black Students. She was also the ABS Homecoming Queen and served as a student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees, and worked two jobs while attending school full-time. In her interview, she talks about her experiences in the Cox School of Business, influential professors she had, and how integral support from her family was in helping her obtain her degree. Ms. Caldwell graduated cum laude with a degree in marketing, and went on to attend the University of Texas at Dallas to obtain her MBA. She has had a long and successful career as a marketing professional and has worked for numerous organizations, and in 2017 launched ShearShare, a mobile app that allows salon and barbershop owners to rent spaces in their shops on demand. At the time of the interview, she served on boards for SMU, UT Dallas, and the Texas Military Institute, and worked as the COO of ShearShare.