Nicole Caroline Phillips earned her BA in Political Science and Sociology in 2011, accepting a fellowship offer to complete her graduate work at the University of Missouri. Her working thesis is a qualitative analysis of the organizational structure of public postsecondary institutes and the effect on higher education’s economic development footprint.

Ms. Phillips also serves as the President of the MU Graduate Peer Mentorship Program, a Director for Heart of America’s Girls on the Run International chapter, and is active with the MU campus affiliate group for the American Association of University Women. Working with special and at-risk populations within higher education is a personal passion of hers.

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Megan Ogar graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in magazine journalism in 2011. After graduating, she spent a year traveling as a consultant for Kappa Delta Sorority and working with collegiate leaders across the country. She is currently seeking her MPA in Nonprofit Management at the University of Missouri. Ultimately, she hopes to work in nonprofit communications.

Megan volunteers for Kappa Delta Sorority as a member of their National Leadership Team. In addition, Megan volunteers for the Circle of Sisterhood, an organization that aims to remove barriers to education for girls and women worldwide, as a campus relationship manager to five midwestern campuses that fundraise for the organization.

Megan is passionate about inspiring others to reach their full potential and looks forward to doing so through the Truman Leadership Project.


Native to Jefferson City, MO, Bryce Osman is a second-year Masters student studying at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.  Bryce received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University, where he enjoyed a variety of volunteer opportunities and civic interests.

After completion of his MPA degree, Bryce aspires to work in state or local government, specializing in fiscal responsibility and budgetary efficiency.  Bryce is proud to be involved with the Truman Leadership Program, channeling his passion for public affairs to help turn today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.