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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Small Companies, Big Dreams: Advancing Business with Unstructured Success

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This panel will dissect the experiences of five Mount Holyoke students and how they navigated the complex environments of small businesses. They worked as marketing interns at diverse companies ranging from technology and healthcare to software startups, a design firm, and a non-profit school. The students implemented the knowledge acquired through a liberal arts education and used it to help convert their prospective challenges, such as time sensitive projects and undefined roles/expectations, into transferable skills. Students took advantage of various networking opportunities and gained exposure in how multiple departments interact in small workspaces. These internships ultimately allowed them to obtain clarity on expectations for potential career paths.

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Rick Feldman

Lecturer in Economics; Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Mount Holyoke College
Entrepreneur and social business entrepreneur; business as well as NGO CEO and Board member; worked closely with Valley Venture Mentors for 7 years; currently faculty member at Mount Holyoke College teaching and helping students to enjoy and prosper with entrepreneurship and social... Read More →

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Risha Dewan

Watching People Watch You: Working in the Digital Marketing Industry, Economics and Politics Major
Behavioral targeting, a technique used by advertisers online to increase the effectiveness of campaigns, has revolutionized the digital marketing industry. Algorithms take into account various dimensions about users and serve to provide personalized advertisements that drive performance... Read More →
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Iman Hussain

Speaking Up for Yourself: The Importance of Having a Voice as an Intern, Spanish and Politics Major
It is common to feel overwhelmed when starting as an intern, especially in a small company where there is nowhere to hide. This summer I worked in the marketing department at Perkins School for the Blind, a small non-profit school in Watertown, MA. I had to figure out when it was... Read More →
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The Roller Coaster we Call Business, Neuroscience Major
Fabwright Origins is a minimalist creative agency specializing in graphic design and digitally augmented art, sculptures, and products. At Fabwright Origins I learned how to work with Inscape, which is a visual design software that has sophisticated drawing tools. This software is... Read More →
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Ishanee Rudra

“It’s Like Uber, but for Pickles”: Navigating the Competitive World of Start-Ups., Economics and Math Major
We are constantly swimming in ideas, some good and some better. However only a handful of ideas turn into actions, and even fewer actions become sustainable start-ups. With a success rate of less than 10 percent, being an entrepreneur is harder than ever. So, what makes a start-up... Read More →
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Liz Tucksmith

Chaos within Boundary: Finding Your Calling, Finding Yourself, Computer Science Major
This presentation will reflect on my experience this summer as a marketing intern in San Francisco, where I navigated the complex environment of a software startup called Badger Maps. As a computer science major thrown into the world of business, I was apprehensive to say the least... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Kendade 107