Outstanding Southeastern Alumni Profiles

Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson graduated from Southeastern in 2014 and at 22 years old she has founded her own retail company, Western Legacy, LLC, which opened its doors in Hugo in December 2015.  As a high school student at Victory Life Academy in Durant, Robinson described herself as timid.

According to Robinson, Southeastern is where it all changed for me. She became involved on campus, participating in organizations and clubs such as the Tri-Sigma sorority and Cardinal Key honors society where she learned from a community of engaged students.

Robinson found her voice at Southeastern through these programs and with the assistance and mentorship of her professors.  She comes from a family of self-starters and despite her introverted nature as a child, she dreamed of becoming a business owner. Thanks to the education she received at Southeastern, Robinson has seen her entrepreneurial vision become a reality.

Western Legacy is a “one-stop western store.” The business houses furniture, boots, fashion and work clothes while maintaining a characteristic western atmosphere. The store tells Robinson’s family story – the legacy her grandfather started as a cowboy. The store even proudly displays the family’s unique cattle brand.

These aspects reflect Robinson’s desire to open a business where she could relate her story to the community at large. With SE’s help, she became an effective business owner and contributor to her community.  Robinson will continue her education at Southeastern as an MBA student this fall.

“Southeastern doesn’t only have great students,” she said. “It has great instructors and mentors too.”

She cites the relationships she had with her instructors as excellent preparation for the business world. They gave her the necessary skills and guidance for her future.  Robinson recommends SE for anyone who is looking for an approachable faculty.

“At Southeastern, professors will take time to help students find their voice and make their own path for their future,” she said.