Emily Ascani, STRC 2012, is currently a Project Manager at Liquid Interactive, an interactive marketing agency in the Lehigh Valley. Specializing in user experience design, creative design, website development, search engine optimization, social media strategy and mobility consulting, Liquid has been named a Top Interactive Agency by BtoB Magazine for five consecutive years.
In her role as a Project Manager, Emily uses her public relations background to facilitate and schedule client work through internal and client communication. Prior to her current position, Emily worked as a Media Facilitator at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit to promote student work through social media channels covering fourteen school districts in Carbon and Lehigh counties.
While at Temple, Emily served as Vice President for Temple PRSSA, Assistant Firm Director for PRowl Public Relations, President of Temple’s Panhellenic Association and a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Emily held a variety of public relations internships over her four years with companies such as Breslow Partners, Jubelirer Strategies and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Explain how your experience at Temple helped you get to where you are now?
Temple provides so many opportunities for students, but it is up to you to harness and use them as effective learning experiences. Working part-time, being involved in student organizations and interning as a full-time student taught me valuable time management skills, as well as what I did and did not want from a future career. It is easy to show up to class and fly by in an unpaid internship, but the difficult part comes with being present and building yourself as an individual with these resources.
How do you continue professional development on a post-grad level?
I really enjoy coming back to campus for events with alumni networking through Temple PRSSA or PRowl Public Relations. I think it is really valuable for students to hear from someone recently out of school to bridge the gap between the seasoned professionals they are usually networking with at their internships and other school events. I have also recently joined the Marketing Committee as a part of the Young Professionals Council for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I also act as a Contributing Writer for Elite Daily.
What does it mean to you to be Temple Made?
Being Temple Made to me is about opportunity and reinvention. As Strategic Communication students with the city of Philadelphia at your fingertips, there are no boundaries. College years (and post-grad life) are a time for you to be a million different people, to try new things and see what kind of person you want to be.