Dominque Edwards, ’16, experienced the effects of Husker Power firsthand. A finance graduate and former cheerleader from Omaha Central, she used her talents to uplift others while on the Husker Spirit Squad from 2012 to 2016.
“We made an impact on so many lives just by showing up. There was so much power in the uniform as people’s demeanors would change when they saw us,” said Edwards, the goddaughter of Johnny Rodgers, former Husker and Heisman Trophy winner. She added that Rodgers’ and her father’s passion for football “absolutely ignited that fire in me to cheer, so I could get close to the action.”
Her proudest memories include running the N flag onto the field at Memorial Stadium every home game her senior year.
“Leading the spirit squad and the entire football team into battle always took my breath away,” she said.
Edwards appreciates the discipline learned on the squad and said the experience helps her juggle many responsibilities with ease. She also recalls guidance received from Mark Davis, academic advisor at Nebraska Business.
“I was honored to be Dominque’s academic advisor,” Davis said. “What stood out the most was her magnetic personality and drive to succeed. When she changed her major to finance, she set new goals and I never had a doubt she would accomplish them.”
Davis connected her with a job in the Business Advising and Student Engagement office. She also served as a mentor for the DREAMBIG Academy, a summer program for underrepresented high school seniors. These roles, along with multiple internships, helped her find a fulfilling career.
“I kept those experiences in mind as I sought my first job and career moves,” said Edwards, who later moved to Austin, Texas, where she serves as financial controller and director of human resources at Packed Party.
“I like being part of something so innovative and fast paced. Our party products range from metallic balloon banners to sherpa duffel bags, and are found in boutiques nationwide, as well as Whole Foods and Walmart. My job allows me to be in the fashion industry and supports visionary experts in what they do best,” she said.
Edwards utilizes the same spirit cultivated at Nebraska to push herself. Earlier this year, she started an online master’s program in leadership at Oral Roberts University so she can continue to uplift and cheer on others.