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Emily Nemecek

Consultant

As a Consultant at Kotter, Emily actively engages with clients in a wide array of industries, helping to foster a productive environment for strategizing and enacting change. Prior to joining Kotter, Emily interned at JumpStart Inc., an economic development and venture capital nonprofit, and served as a graduate assistant at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. She has also worked and interned at prominent cultural institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Museum of the City of New York. Emily is a double alumna of Case Western Reserve University, with both a Masters in Nonprofit Organizations and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with minors in Art History and History.

Emily is based out of Westchester County, New York.

 

What’s got you thinking right now?

After reading Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters this summer, I find myself thinking more and more about the intention behind in-person gatherings as they slowly start to return. What do we want to get out of attending a work meeting, concert, or other event in-person? What don’t we miss about these gatherings, and how can we mitigate unnecessary components of pre-Covid gatherings?

What is your proudest moment?

During my third year of undergraduate studies, I participated in the year-long General Course program at the London School of Economics where I served as President of my study-abroad class of 300+ students. After a successful year of advocating on behalf of the General Course students and fostering a tight-knit community through smaller events, my term of office culminated with hosting a gala to celebrate our successful completion of the year. While this was my proudest singular moment as President, I remain close with my study-abroad friends and look forward to meeting up in-person soon!

What motivated you to pursue consulting?

My desire to create impact has always gone beyond serving a single organization. Throughout my academic career and early work experiences, I was constantly volunteering or working with several organizations at a time to expose myself to different experiences. I was motivated to pursue consulting as a career after working with organizations in a consultant-like role while completing my Masters in Nonprofit Organizations. My favorite project was with EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a Cleveland-based social enterprise dedicated to supporting the successful reintegration of formerly-incarcerated adults, where I helped scale the organization’s positive impact through the launch of a culinary incubator space.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

While at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I would assist in giving tours to Grammy-award winning musicians and Rock Hall inductees. I know an infinite amount of rock music fun facts, and continue to gather more through reading musician autobiographies.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be a fashion designer! While this is no longer my calling, style and aesthetics remain important in how I present myself and my work.