Bailey Kasten
Foodie wonk

Bailey Kasten

CRED BA political science ’05

LIVELIHOOD Director of operations, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS); owner and chocolatier, Double Premium Confections

INTERESTS Learning to do everything for a small business, all things chocolate and sweet, tutoring and volunteering, professional development training and assessments

FOCUS Helping people have a great experience, whether it’s the employees and interns of NSCS or the people who try my chocolates and treats

RECENT AWARDS Appointment as a member-at-large of the AU Alumni Board

LAST BOOK YOU READ Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? Thinking of new flavor combinations for our chocolates. No matter how much our customers love our stuff, we have to keep giving them something new.

ARE YOU A WONK? Definitely! I'm not just an employee of NSCS—I’m also a member. I love working hard for an organization where I am a stakeholder. That's part of the reason I started my own business. You can't start a business without being a wonk. You have to love it—otherwise, it's just too much work.

Double Premium Confections
National Society of Collegiate Scholars