As an early team member at Seelio, Emily has played a number of roles from dreaming up ideas for the product to strategizing how to build the service model and crafting Seelio’s message to the outside world. Today, she is the director of marketing and communications for Seelio, and she is focused on communicating how Seelio is helping students connect their education to the 21st-century skills employers want.
Is there a hobby you can’t live without?
I’ve always loved the chance to be creative, and I spend a fair amount of my free time exploring that passion. Recently, I’ve been practicing hand lettering and calligraphy. In fact, I even had the chance to hand letter an inspirational quote from Amelia Earhart at my coworking space in Minneapolis!
What excites you about working for Keypath?
I love working on a product that helps students showcase all of the incredible things they accomplish throughout their college experience. I’m amazed by what students are doing, and I'm glad I get the chance to help them showcase that to employers so they can use their talents to change the world.
Where do you see your specialty going in the next five years?
With over 5.3 million open positions in the U.S., there are so many opportunities for students to find meaningful work. But, when only 11 percent of employers think students have the skills and competencies their business needs, something needs to change. I think that some of that will happen through new approaches to credentialing or letting students find new ways to prove their skills to employers in a validated way.
How can you use your skills to change the student experience for the better?
That’s been the mission of our product from day one! We put students at the center of what we build, and my job is to help showcase the skills and talents students have. My passion for storytelling can help schools and students highlight what matters: how students are succeeding in connecting their education to their skills and passions.
What is your favorite personal achievement?
Connecting my career to issues that matter to me. From starting in human rights at International Justice Mission to working on state policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts to helping students get the most out of their education at Seelio and now at Keypath, I’ve always wanted to connect my work back to a larger mission. I’m grateful for these opportunities to put my skills to work for things that matter.