Natalie Brown graduated from Hope College with a degree in communications and leadership. In 2018 Brown started at Sojourners Magazine as a donor services assistant in Washington DC. Then in 2018 she published her devotional book Fifty-Two Cups of Coffee: Weekly Reflections for the Contemplative Soul. Brown continued her love of writing and in 2019 she started as a Fig Factor Media as a ghostwriter. Most recently, Brown founded 4:14 Ministries. A digital media company that aims to empower women through digital media, personal development workshops, blogs, bible studies and more. Brown is passionate about women’s empowerment and making sure every woman has a voice to share her story. We are proud of Natalie Brown and the difference she is making in the lives of women.

  • What was an impactful experience you had as a student at Hope?
    • I deeply appreciated my time with the Emmaus Scholars program. This experience deepened my faith and perspective on social justice in a multitude of ways.
  • To you, what makes Hope special?
    • I love the ways Hope College fosters exploration and curiosity. At Hope, students receive numerous tools, resources and outside influences to encourage their spiritual, personal and professional growth. 
  • What is your current job title? In your own words, describe what you do.
    • Author and speaker. I tell stories through books, speeches and social media.
  • What do you love about your chosen career?
    • I love that my career allows me to help others tell their stories! I enjoy using my creative gifts to bring the vision behind local brands and businesses to life.
  • What was your favorite food at Phelps?
    • The grilled peanut butter & Nutella sandwich with strawberries and bananas!
  • What is a relationship that started at Hope that remains in your life today?
    • I am very grateful for the mentor and friend that I have found in Dean Frost. While I was a student at Hope, Dean Frost played a very instrumental role in my life, and to this day, he continues to check in on me, encourage me and inspire me.
  • Which class would you want to retake if you could? Why?
    • Computer science. I would love to gain even more insight on website development.
  • What is your hope for Hope’s future?
    • I hope Hope College will continue to evolve in how it welcomes students and makes ALL students feel at home.

Hope College is proud to honor Natalie Brown ’17 with the 2021 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today

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