Since graduating from Red McComb’s School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, Tiffany Outlaw has traveled, worked, and volunteered in over 35 countries. During her time abroad, Outlaw had many life-changing experiences. Although the majority of the travels were filled with joy, one painful experience left it’s mark.
In 2011, while volunteering as a teacher in Vietnam at Sapa O’Chau School for H’mong, Outlaw contracted viral Meningitis. “Up until that point, I was invincible – at least in my own mind,” said Outlaw. “It was the first time in my life that I had no choice but to rely on other people. Stranded in a hospital more than 8,000 miles away from family and friends, I was virtually incapable of helping myself. However, I quickly learned that I wasn’t alone. I was surrounded by people I didn’t know but who chose to care for me for no other reason than our commonality as human beings. No matter where I go in the world, I always find the same thing – human goodness. This experience, as well as many others since, has taught me that there is a universal language that has nothing to do with words, but instead with love and compassion for one another.”
Now, Outlaw is traveling to developing countries to export quality products from local businesses in order to generate revenue in developing areas.