2017 Jean Walsh Scholarship

The 2017 Annual Jean Walsh Scholarship Award

The 2017 Annual Jean Walsh Scholarship Award Kim Guthrie of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Women’s Business Network Jean Walsh Scholarship Award. She will be applying the scholarship grant toward achieving a Review and Reputation Management certification. Many business owners fail to consider the potential losses in sales, press coverage, and hiring ability associated with a poor online reputation. Completion of this course and receipt of certification will allow Kim to offer an ongoing service that supports each client’s business and positively affects the business’ bottom line.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education (dual majoring in both English and Communication), a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University, Kim spent 16 years in education, where she was both a 10th grade English teacher and the sole teacher of a Multi-Media program. Throughout her teaching career, she was involved in creating numerous graphic design projects. In 2014, Kim resigned from teaching to follow her graphic design passion and began taking Marketing and business courses and then began working as the Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator for a home health agency in Bethel Park. In September 2016, Kim decided to venture on her own and opened Joyous Graphics Lab which provides personalized attention to meet a client’s design needs and clearly convey one’s vision to create a lasting impact. With technology considered a major driving force in business today, the need for strong brand recognition and a focused digital design strategy has become more essential than ever before. Kim loves working creatively every single day and truly enjoys helping small businesses achieve increased visibility in the marketplace to stand out against their competitors.

Kim has been married to her college sweetheart, Jason, for 16 years, and their relationship goals consist of always laughing together, relaxing around various bodies of water, and sharing delicious craft beer. Her non-traditional family consists of three snuggly rabbits, a beautiful 150-gallon saltwater aquarium, and an energetic 8-month-old Black Labrador Retriever named Shelby. In addition to rescuing rabbits, she and her husband attend fundraisers for and donate to local humane societies and shelters. Kim is currently an active member of the WBN – McMurray Chapter, as well as a volunteer for the Twilight Wish Foundation – Washington County Chapter, whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.

Women’s Business Network was founded in 1989 and has over 400 members in 23 chapters located across Southwestern Pennsylvania.  WBN’s mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen.  For more information visit www.wbninc.com.


Download an application form and apply for the Jean Walsh Scholarship.