Richland Two Institute of Innovation
Maria Owens, Career Development and Outreach Officer, was born in Pickens, South Carolina, and has lived in Greenville, Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Blythewood. After graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Administrative Management and a minor in Marketing, she worked as a banking executive banking industry for fifteen years. When she became a mom, she shifted careers and moved into education, teaching for eight years before coming to work with R2i2. She enjoys bringing her business background into play as she works with students and R2i2 business partners.
Maria feels R2i2 provides multiple opportunities for students to become innovators and creators, while reaching new depths of their potential. She believes we have one of the most talented teams she has ever had the privilege of knowing.
Her favorite quote is, "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." - Beverly Sills