International studies and politics double major Emerson Prager ’19 (Colchester, Vermont) spent the summer interning in New York City at Tenshey, Inc., a tech-enabled startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching.
During the internship, Prager worked with Maggie Chan Jones, first female CMO of SAP and Forbe’s top-50 most influential CMO’s, and helped manage a recently announced project between Tenshey and the Marketing Academy in an attempt to promote gender diversity in C-Suite-level positions.
“It is incredibly meaningful to be a part of an organization that is fighting to make real-world changes—one that is led by someone who has conquered most of them herself,” he said.
Prager explained that he was interested in this internship because he would be able to be “a part of a startup that was founded by such a successful and empowered woman and to promote the idea that gender equality happens best when both sexes worth together.”
He said the inclusion and diversity that he grew up with in Vermont, as well as the values and project management skills he’s gained at Centre and working with Sigma Chi, helped him prepare for this experience.
Prager added that continuing to contribute to the solving of this problem excited him, and he is motivated to do his best.
“Not only do I wish to expand my professional network and gain real-world experience but, mainly, I hope to solve a larger social and economic issue that faces the U.S. and the rest of the world today,” he concluded. “By working with Tenshey and their partners, I hope I can take much of what I have learned back to Centre and make a difference there as well.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
September 20, 2018